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Men?s Swim and Dive Travel to Minneapolis for NCAA Championships
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 23, 2005
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This Week in the Pool ?-The No. 8 Arizona men’s swimming and diving team is set to compete at the 2005 NCAA Championships on March 24-26 at the University Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Minn. Preliminary action will start at 12 p.m. (CST) and finals will begin at 7 p.m. each day.


A Look at the Wildcats ?- The men’s team will feature 11 swimmers and one diver at this year’s national championships, who will compete in 25 individual events, five relays and two diving events. The men’s team also returns six All-American swimmers to this meet.


The Wildcats are currently ranked No. 8 with a 6-4 overall record (2-3 Pac-10). The Wildcats most recent competition was the 2005 Pac-10 Championships on March 2-5 in Long Beach, Calif. The men finished fourth with 450 points.


Junior John Collier competed in at the Zone ?'E’ Diving Championships on March 10-12 in Oklahoma City, Okla. Collier finished second on both spring board events qualifying him for the NCAA Championships scoring 654 points in the 1-meter and 552.65 points in the 3-meter competition.


Who’s Qualified ?-


Name                                        Event(s)

Ivan Barnes                        100 breast/ 200 breast

Simon Burnett                        50 free/ 100 free/ 200 free *

John Collier                        Diving

Tyler DeBerry                        200 free/ 500 free/ 1650 free *

Lyndon Ferns                        50 free/ 100 free/ 100 fly *

Jonas Persson                        100 free/ 200 free

Adam Ritter                        200 IM/ 100 free/ 200 free *

Dave Rollins                        100 breast/ 200 breast/ 200 IM *

Nate Stevens                        100 breast/ 200 breast*

Albert Subirats                        100 free/ 100 fly

Nick Thoman                        100 back/ 200 back

Gerhard Zandberg                        400 free relay/ 400 medley relay


*  - Indicates athlete is a returning NCAA competitor and 2004 First Team All-American.



The Competition: The Wildcats will be competing amongst the best teams in the nation including three Pac-10 teams who are in the top-10. The California Golden Bears are No. 1 in the CSCAA rankings with an undefeated dual-meet record and Stanford in ranked third while USC is ranked ninth.

      Another top-team at the meet will be the No. 2 Auburn Tigers who are in search of their third consecutive national title. The Tigers were also the Southeastern Conference champions for the ninth straight season this year.


What Happened Year - The men completed the 2004 NCAA Championships on March 27, 2004 in Long Island, New York in fourth place with 322 points. There were seven world, eight American, fifteen U.S. Open, and eight NCAA records broken thought the course of the meet accumulated by the teams in attendance. A total of 10 swimmers and one diver attended last year’s championships for the Wildcats that tallied a total of 29 All-American Honors.

Last Week in the Pool - The Arizona women’s swimming and diving team completed their respective NCAA Championships in West Lafayette, Ind. on March 19. The No. 6 Wildcats finished third with 440 points, posting two individual national champions, breaking seven school records while a total of nine women earned 42 All American honors.

               Senior Emily Mason defended her NCAA title in the 500-yard freestyle winning with a time of 4:37.11, which is the fifth fastest time in the world as well as a personal best time and a new school record. Junior Marshi Smith posted her first national title on the second night of competition in the 100-yard backstroke, setting a new school record with a time of 52.82.  

            Also, the Wildcats came within 52 points of the Auburn Tigers, who placed second this year with 492 points, which is the first time in the past three years that the Tigers have not won the national title.     


            “All coaches say they have a special group of girls, but these girls are some of the best,” said head swimming coach Frank Busch. “The girls had one of the best meets in school history and that is because of two things the first being leadership, the seniors really pulled this team. The second is that the girls really cared for one another. Each of them thinks of sacrifice as a good thing and they are willing to sacrifice anything for the sake of their teammates.”



School Records Broken (7)


Name                                                   Event                      New Time          Old Time

Marshi Smith                                         100 back                    52.82                52.91 (2003)
Emily Mason                                          500 free                     4:37.11             4:38.48 (1988)
Whitney Myers                                       200 IM                        1:56.43            1:56.69  (2004)

Gresdal/Smith/Cashion/Nymeyer             200 free relay               1:28.50            1:29.16 (1998)

Mason/Myers/Hayes/Nymeyer                 800 free relay              7:02.65             7:04.95 (2004)

Gresdal/ Cashion/ Hayes/ Nymeyer         400 free relay               3:14.30             3:15.77 (1998)

Lacey Nymeyer                                      100 free                     48.56                     48.75(1997)



Men’s NCAA Championships History ?- Since 1998, the Arizona men have finished in the top ten at the NCAA Championships. While the Wildcats have never taken a national team title, there have been a total of 21 individual champion honors.


Past NCAA Championships:

Year       Place         Points        National Champions, event(s)
2004           4th                   322
2003           8th                   205                  Simon Burnett, 200 free (1:33.66)                      
2002           7th                   242                  Roland Schoeman, 50 free (19:18
2001           6th                   251
2000           3rd                   360.5               Ryk Neethling, 200m free, 400m free

1999           5th                   296                  Ryk Neethling, 200, 500, 1650 free
1998           6th                  185                  Ryk Neethling, 200, 500, 1650 free
1997           16th                 84                   Ryk Neethling, 1650 free (14:34.44)
1996           14th                106.5                 Martin Pepper, 100 fly (46.74)
1995           8th                   211
1994           13th                 108                  Chad Carvin, 500, 1650 free
1993           4th                   263                  Seth Pepper. 100 fly (46.51) & Newman, Abernethy, Pepper, McQuitty, 200 MR
1992           5th                   238
1991           7th                   195
1990           10th                  154


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