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Simon Burnett
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: September 24, 2013
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Simon Burnett


Hailing all the way from Oxford, U.K., Simon Burnett was the National Champion in the 200-yard Freestyle twice in his career, in 2003 and 2005. The 6’2’’ swimmer redshirted his sophomore year at Arizona in order to compete in the 2004 Olympic Games in the 200-meter Freestyle and 4x200-meter Freestyle Relay, where he placed 4th. While a Wildcat, Simon set the NCAA 200-yard Freestyle record (1:31.20) in 2006, making him the fastest man ever in a short course yard pool. The record-breaking swimmer was a member of the 2006 National Championship 400-yard Free Relay, 800-yard Free Relay, and the 200-yard Medley Relay. During that same year, the All-American student-athlete went on to win the Pac-10 Freestyle crown. He also dominated the 100-meter Freestyle at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne Australia in 2006, earning himself a gold medal. The English swimmer traveled to the Olympics again in 2008 where he competed in the 4x100-meter Freestyle and the 4x100-meter Medley Relay.

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