Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
A.J. Tipton
Position: Butterfly
Height: 6'0"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Knoxville, Tenn.
High School: Bearden High School

Owns the school record in the 200 butterfly at 1:42.38 set in 2009...Eight-time All-American.

2010-11: Earned four All-America honors in his junior season for the Wildcats...Scored individually at the NCAA Championships in Minneapolis in both the 100 and 200 butterfly with times of 47.30 and 1:44.01, respectively...Swam the butterfly leg on the 200 medley relay which place fourth nationally...On the third leg of Arizona's sixth-place 400 medley relay...Posted the fastest 200 fly time on the team at the Texas Invitational with a 1:42.67, just off his school record, fast-suit time from '09.

2009-10: Arizona's top butterfly swimmer...All-American in the 400 medley relay for the second consecutive season, splitting a 46.5 while helping UA to sixth overall ...Competed individually in the both the 100 and 200 fly events...Had the fastest 100 and 200 fly times over the course of the season for the Wildcats.

2008-09: Set the Arizona school record in the 200 fly his freshman season, first breaking Juan Veloz's 2003 mark at the Texas Invitational and later at the NCAA Championships in College Station, Texas with a 1:42.38...Scored points in the 100 fly, 200 fly and 400 medley relay at NCAA's...Was 12th overall in the 100 fly, eighth in the 200 fly...Teamed with Jake Tapp, Marcus Titus and Nicholas Nilo for sixth place in the 400 medley relay in 3:06.50.

Major: Agribusiness Management

Spends free time: Playing X-Box

Chose Arizona because: I came to Arizona because of the people. I really enjoyed the team and liked how everything worked. I got along great with all the guys, and I felt like Arizona was the best place to swim fast.

What I have learned at Arizona:
In my time at Arizona I have learned that I am not swimming for myself. During the NCAA season, personal success is a goal because it leads to the success of the team. Frank would always tell us to hold yourself and teammates accountable and that is what we do. It is a very cool feeling to have a group of like-minded individuals striving to achieve something.

National Teams
U.S. Junior National Team `08

Personal Bests
100 fly: 46.14
200 fly: 1:42.38