March 28, 2002
ATHENS, Georgia -- The University of Arizona men's swimming and diving team is currently competing at the 2002 NCAA Championships in Athens, Georgia. The meet is a three-day event with 48 schools and 270 athletes competing. The event is being held at the Ramsey Student Center in the Gabrielsen Natatorium on the University of Georgia campus.
In the preliminaries of the 200y freestyle relay senior All-American Roland Schoeman broke his own NCAA Record of 19.07 set in 2000, when he touched the wall at 19.06. Not only was this a NCAA Record but also a NCAA Meet Record, which was set in 1997 by Neil Walker of Texas. The Cats' relay squad was made up of Schoeman, sophomore All-Americans Eric la Fleur and Tyler Johnson and fellow sophomore Byron Jeffers. Arizona qualified for the championship finals of the 200y free relay with the time of 1:17.39.
Schoeman's thoughts on breaking the NCAA and NCAA Meet Record, "I didn't know what to expect. I wanted to start the meet off with a bang and I think that we (Arizona's 200y free relay team) did. I was relaxed and not thinking too much, it felt good."
Schoeman also qualified for the championship finals of the 50y free, clocking the second fastest time of the morning at 19.18.