Alabama: Men's Swimming and Diving Grabs Top-25 Finish at NCAA Championships The Alabama men’s swimming and diving team posted another top-25 finish at the NCAA Championships Saturday, taking 21st place with 34 points. It was the Crimson Tide’s 32nd top-25 finish since 1974.
“We had a good last day,” Alabama head coach Eric McIlquham said. “Aaron looked especially good in the prelims making it into the championship finals and Mark (Randall) came within hundredths of a second of breaking his own school record in the mile.”
On the last day of the championships, junior diver Aaron Fleshner took seventh place in the championship final of the platform after scoring 398.90 points in finals. Fleshner earned a spot in the finals after scoring 424.00 points in prelims. He was the only Southeastern Conference diver to make the championship finals of the platform event.
After scoring in the 500 freestyle on the meet’s first day, junior Mark Randall won the consolation finals of the 1650 freestyle, taking ninth place over all with a time 14:48.39. His time was just off his school record of 14:48.25 set in 2007. Sophomore Cosma Catalin took 22nd place in the mile with a time of 15:05.11.
In other action, freshman Joe Ziegler was 35th in the 200 backstroke after touching the wall at 1:46.47. Sophomore Denes Zubcsek was 37th in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:47.03.
Arizona State: Swimming Places 31st at NCAA Championships
The Arizona State men’s swimming and diving team closed out their time at the NCAA Championships with a 31st placing. The Sun Devils scored 14 points.
Micky Benedetti led the way for the team for the second straight day. The senior diver closed out his Sun Devil career with a 12th place finish on the platform. Benedetti scored 381 points in the effort.
Vinicius Waked also competed for the Sun Devils. The senior finished out his collegiate career clocking in at 44.13 in the 100 free.
AUBURN: MEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING CLAIM EIGHTH NATIONAL TITLE; RECORD 13TH TITLE FOR HEAD COACH RICHARD QUICK
The Auburn men’s swimming and diving program captured its eighth national championship in program history and gave head coach Richard Quick his record 13th national title in the sport, including his first at Auburn, Saturday at the Texas A&M Student Recreation Natatorium.
Auburn finished the meet with 526 points, 39 ahead of second place Texas. The Tigers entered the Saturday’s finals session six points behind the Longhorns, however a strong preliminary swim earlier in the day gave Auburn the upper hand entering the finals.
Quick, who is the first coach to win a national title at three schools, is battling an inoperable brain tumor that was diagnosed in December 2008. Quick was not in College Station for the championships, as the Tigers were directed by assistant Brett Hawke who has led the program since Quick’s diagnosis.
“This is just a great way to finish the meet,” Hawke said. “It’s a great tribute to Richard Quick and what he means to this program. It’s a huge win for this program and was a total team effort. There’s not one person that stood out amongst us. We knew if we came out and won most of the relays, we would win the title. We won four out of five (relays) and that was our goal.”
Over the course of his 31 year coaching career, Quick won seven national titles at Stanford and five at Texas to accompany his first at Auburn.
“We’re extremely proud of our men’s swimming and diving program and their accomplishments in bringing home another national championship to Auburn,” Auburn Athletics Director Jay Jacobs said. “Richard Quick’s accomplishments speak for themselves, and to win 13 national titles at three schools is truly remarkable. While he was not able to be on deck, I know that the coaching staff and student-athletes felt his presence this week and dedicated their efforts to him. We’re very proud of Brett, the staff and team for their ability to overcome difficult circumstances this season and win a championship.”
Auburn, which won five consecutive titles from 2003-07, have now won six national championships in the last seven years. The eight titles are tied for fifth most all-time with Stanford behind Michigan (11), Ohio State (11), Southern California (9) and Texas (9).
“I am really glad I came home (after Olympics). It was a memorable senior year,” said senior Matt Targett. “This year was a total team effort. Last year we had a few superstars, this year we have an entire team of stars. Richard Quick was a massive part of what we accomplished. He isn’t here, but we did this for him, more than for ourselves. We wanted to win his first men’s championship for him.”
Trailing Texas by as many as 62 points during the meet, took the lead for good three-events into Saturday’s finals following sophomore Adam Klein’s school-record setting performance in the 200 breast, where he finished fourth. Auburn grabbed a one point advantage after the event and never looked back.
“To win a National Championship is an incredible feeling that I can’t begin to describe,” said Logan Madson. “To start at Auburn as a champion and finish my career as a champion is incredible. That is exactly why I came to Auburn. I have a strong feeling of relief and happiness that we accomplished what we did.
“It has been an emotional time with Richard’s situation. We all wanted to fight harder because of him and that’s what we talked about this morning. We wanted to race for him, feel pain for him because what he is going through is so difficult.”
Saturday’s finals began with the AU backstrokers, who continued their dominant display, putting the Tigers seven points back of the Longhorns with a 44-point effort. Junior Pascal Wollach led the way for Auburn, hitting the wall in 1:39.65 for a fourth-place finish worth 15 points. Sophomores Kohlton Norys (1:40.60) and Jared White (1:43.35) placed 7th and 8th, respectively. Freshman Max Murphy placed 11th with a 1:41.70.
Auburn and Texas picked up 36 points in the 100 free, leaving the seven-point Auburn deficit. Both sides entered two into A finals and one in consolation for the 100 free. Senior Matt Targett led the Tigers with a 41.64 to take third followed by junior Gideon Louw in eighth, hitting the wall in 42.37. Senior Jakob Andkjaer won the consolation final, touching in at 42.18.
Klein set a new Auburn record in the 200 breast finals, touching in at 1:53.44.
The Tigers earned 36 points in the 200 fly and extended their lead to 473-436, behind senior Logan Madson (1:41.70) who finished third. Junior Tyler McGill (1:42.44) followed in fifth while sophomore Robert Looney (1:42.76) hit a new personal-best time to place 11th..
Auburn did not advance any divers to platform finals, however the Tigers did enter Dan Mazzaferro (431.65) and Kelly Marx (414.65) into the consolations. The pair placed 10th and 11th overall to offset Texas diver Drew Livingston, who placed 2nd.
Auburn capped the championship, winning the 400 free relay behind the foursome of Jakob Andkjaer, Matt Targett, Kohlton Norys, and Tyler McGill, who turned in a time of 2:46.67.
During three-day event, Auburn tallied 54 All-America honors and had one individual and three relay champions. The Tigers also set three US Open, three NCAA and 17 school records en route to the title.
Denver: Blake Worsley Finishes Collegiate Career at NCAA Championships
University of Denver men’s swimmer Blake Worsley (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) closed out his Pioneer career finishing in 42nd place in the 100 freestyle event at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships on Thursday at the Student Rec Center Natatorium on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.
Worsley posted a time of 44.42 in the preliminaries on Saturday morning, finishing 42nd overall in the nation. Cal’s Nathan Adrian won the title with a time 41.08. As a team, the Pioneers finished 27th in the country with 22 points, while Auburn claimed the top spot with 526 points.
"I’m so proud of the way Blake has represented our program the last four years,” said head coach Brian Schrader. “We will miss him as a collegiate athlete but his career is just starting. I anticipate him making the Canadian World Championship team this summer. It has been a pleasure to watch him mature and improve throughout these past few seasons and I’m grateful to have been a part of it.”
Worsley qualified for the 500 freestyle event after placing first at SBC’s, posting a time of 4:14.00 for an NCAA DI A Cut. He also qualified for the 100 and 200 freestyle events at the SBC’s after posting NCAA DI B cuts in both events.
For the season, the women’s team grabbed eight NCAA B Cut standards, while the men’s team grabbed two NCAA A Cut standard and 11 B Cut standards.
Florida: Fraser Wins 200 Fly Title, Gators Finish Fifth at 2009 NCAAs
A first-place national championship victory in the 200-yard fly for junior Shaune Fraser (George Town, Cayman Islands) highlighted the final day of the 2009 NCAA Championships for the No. 7 University of Florida men, who finished fifth overall (324 points) in the three-day competition. Auburn (526), Texas (487), Stanford (460.5), Cal (350) and Florida (324) composed the top five team finishers.
Florida garnered three individual national titles at the 2009 NCAA meet, one from senior Bradley Ally (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) in the 200-yard IM on day one, and two from Fraser, the 200 free and 200 fly titles, on days two and three. The three national championship titles brought UF’s all-time individual title count to 27. UF now owns a total of 35 national championships, including eight relays. In all, 11 UF men rallied for a total of 33 All-America and All-America Honorable Mention honors, combining for two NCAA records and 10 school records in the process.
“We did a fantastic job throughout this whole week, with effort from every single member on our team,” head coach Gregg Troy said. “We broke a bunch of school records and everyone garnered All-America status. You couldn’t ask for a better end to the season. We thought we may have been able to be a little bit better, but the way the guys came back and swam tonight was outstanding. Shaune’s 200 fly was one of the best 200 fly races I’ve ever seen and Bradley swam outstanding too. Overall, we’re really happy with the performance this year.”
The Gators’ fifth-place finish marks the fourth time in the last five years UF has finished in the top five, and the tenth-straight year UF has placed in the top 10 at the NCAAs. For the first time since 2006, Florida reeled in three individual national championship titles with Ally’s one and Fraser’s two.
On Saturday, Fraser became the first Gator to win the 200-yard fly since associate head coach Anthony Nesty did so in 1990. The 200 fly title was Florida’s fourth overall. Joining Fraser in the 200-yard fly finals, Ally swam to a first-place finish in the consolation final, ninth overall, after entering the race as the 11th-place seed. After setting a career-best in prelims (1:43.03), Ally swam an even faster 1:42.56 in his consolation heat.
Florida backstrokers Omar Pinzon (Bogota, Colombia) and Rex Tullius (Port Orange, Fla.) both had stellar swims in the 200-yard back to start the night off right, Pinzon improving upon his career-best mark from prelims to swim a 1:39.50, third-place performance, in the championship final after placing 12th in the 200 back at the 2008 NCAA meet. Tullius, who was seeded 11th going into the consolation final, won his heat to place ninth overall (1:40.20).
Junior Clark Burckle (Louisville, Ky.), who broke his own UF record in the 200-yard breast in prelims, swam an eighth-place, 1:54.96, race in the championship final of the event Saturday evening, and in sprint freestyle action, sophomore Brett Fraser (George Town, Cayman Islands) swam the consolation heat of the 100-yard freestyle. Fraser raced to a time of 43.01, a 13th-place finish, improving upon his 14th place seed (42.76) in prelims.
Junior Ryan Crete (Sarasota, Fla.) and sophomore Joey Pedraza (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) represented the Orange and Blue in timed finals of the 1650-yard freestyle Saturday afternoon, Crete swimming a career-best 14:50.29 to finish 11th overall, while Pedraza clocked a 15:02.44, just shy of his career-best, 15:00.33, for 20th place.
In the final event of the meet, the 400-yard free relay, Fraser, Fraser, Ally and junior Roberto Gomez (Weston, Fla.) swam to a 2:52.00, good for a seventh-place finish to close the 2008-09 season books.
Florida State: Hodgson Earns A Pair Of Honorable Mention All-American Awards On Final Day Of NCAA Championships
The Florida State men’s swimming and diving team finished the 2009 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships with four more athletes earning honorable mention All-American status in College Station, Texas. The Seminoles scored 36 points to finish in 20th-place.
“Today was icing on the cake for us,” FSU head coach Neil Harper said. “We had 12 athletes here which is a record for us and something we can build on. I was happy that we could send our seniors out on a high note and it is a credit to how hard the whole team worked this season.”
The Garnet and Gold were led by junior Andy Hodgson who earned honorable mention All-American status in the 200 backstroke. After breaking his own conference and school record in the preliminary round with a time of 1:41.11, the Blackpool, England native took home 13th place in an evening swim of 1:41.85.
“Andy traveled all the way to England last week to try to qualify for the World Championships and then came back to compete here,” Harper said. “I thought he was done breaking records and then to swim the way he did this morning gave us a shot in the arm. It was truly an incredible performance by him.”
The 400 free relay team of fifth-year seniors Jarryd Botha and Ed Denton, senior Jimmy Holway and Hodgson finished the meet with honorable mention All-American honors, touching the wall in a 12th-place time of 2:53.44.
“For a guy like Jimmy to come in as a walk-on and finish as an All-American is a great accomplishment,” Harper said. “I think it is a credit to all of his hard work and shows what a kid can do in our program.”
Fifth-year senior Kyle Young concluded his career at FSU with a 17th-place performance in the 1650 (14:59.30). Sophomore Ian Rowe was right behind in 18th position touching in 14:59.68.
In the 200 breast sophomore Rob Holderness placed 20th with a time of 1:56.43. Sophomore Robby Hayes placed 39th in the 200 fly (1:48.20).
On the platform senior Dan Frebel missed the consolation finals by less than three points placing 17th with 335.10. Junior Terry Horner finish in 27th position with 242.05 points.
Georgia Tech: MEN’S SWIMMING FINISHES 19TH AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Noah Copeland, Ilia Ayzenshtok and Gal Nevo all turned in solid swims Saturday for the Georgia Tech men’s swimming team at the NCAA Championships held at the Student Rec Natatorium on the campus of Texas A&M University.
The Yellow Jackets completed the meet 19th in the nation, its best finish in school history. They recorded 38 points.
In the 200-back, Ayzenshtok turned in a solid 29th-place swim as he finished in 1:43.96. Copeland placed 35th in the 100-free with a time of 43.70, while Nevo just missed qualifying for the night session in the 200-breat. He finished with a time of 1:56.22, good for 19th place.
It was still a successful meet for Nevo, however. He leaves with All-American honors in the 200-IM and the 400-IM. Both times were Tech and ACC records, while his swim last night in the 400-IM was the second-fastest in NCAA history and third in the world.
Indiana: Marzullo Takes Fifth On the Platform as IU Closes Out NCAA Competition
Three days of competition at the 2009 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships came to a close Saturday night and several young Hoosiers made their mark on the national scene.
As a team, Indiana’s five-man group finished 25th overall with 25 points, fifth among Big Ten schools.
Sophomore Landon Marzullo closed out the meet with his second All-America honor, finishing fifth in the platform final with a score of 425.20. That tops his finish of 13th last season and makes him a five-time All-American for his career. Freshman Linus Altman-Kurosaki completed his first NCAA appearance with a 21st-place finish, tallying 296.70 points which is a personal best. The strength of Big Ten diving was on display at the meet as four of the eight championship finalists hailed from the conference, including David Boudia who won his second NCAA title of the meet this evening.
Marzullo’s top-five finish came after a disappointing performance on the three-meter springboard yesterday.
“Sometimes it is very difficult to come back and turn that around,” said head diving coach Dr. Jeff Huber. “When you get in a slump like that, sometimes it carries through. In my mind he was a champion tonight to come through, get in the finals and dive even better in the finals. I thought it was a great tribute to his character.”
Sophomore Cody Weik shaved nearly two seconds off his career best in the 200 butterfly, winning his heat in a time of 1:44.77. That is the fifth-fastest time in school history and placed him 27th overall in the prelims.
Freshman Eric Ress placed sixth in his heat and 21st overall in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:42.31. That ties his own mark for third fastest in school history. It would have taken a near-personal best for Ress to have qualified for the consolation final with the cut-off time at 1:41.83. Ress swam a 1:41.35 at the Big Ten Championships last month. Last night Ress took sixth in the 100 backstroke for his first All-America honor.
In his final collegiate event, senior Matt Lenton missed out on winning his heat of the 100 free by 1/100th of a second, touching the wall in 43.84. That placed the Australian 38th overall.
Miami: Ross Takes Third on Platform at NCAA Championships
University of Miami diver Reuben Ross completed his All-American diving sweep Saturday evening, taking third place on the 10-meter platform inside the Student Recreation Natatorium at this year’s NCAA Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships in College Station, Texas.
Ross walked into this year’s platform championships seeking to become just the fifth diver in Miami’s storied history of men’s diving to earn All-American honors in all three diving events (1-meter, 3-meter and platform) at the NCAA Championships. Only Miguel Velazquez (2004), Tyce Routson (1996, ’97, 2000), Chris Mantilla (1996, ’97, ’98) and Bryan Gillooly (1996, ’97) had accomplished that task before.
After collecting a fourth place finish in the preliminaries, Ross earned a spot in UM history by advancing to the finals and earning All-America honors for the third consecutive day.
The top eight finishers from the afternoon's prelims advance to the evening's finals. Student-athletes who finish among the top eight are named All-American. Those who place anywhere from ninth to 16th place are designated Honorable Mention All-American.
The Regina, Saskatchewan (Canada) native entered the finals looking for his second national title in as many years—claiming the 3-meter championship a year ago. He would earn his highest finish on the platform (third) at the NCAA’s in his career, collecting a finals score of 452.75.
Ross opened up his dives with a score of 76.50 after landing a Forward 3 ½ Somersault Pike, good enough to give him fourth place after the round. His second dive—an Inward 3 ½ Somersault Tuck, netted him a 72.00 which moved him back into fifth place.
He bounced back with his third dive which was an Armstand Back 2 Somersault 1 ½ Twist Free, to register a 73.60—moving him back up into third. His fourth dive earned him another 76.50 to move him into second place after the fourth round.
But the diving of Purdue’s David Boudia, also this year’s 3-meter NCAA Champion and Big Ten Male Diver of the Year was just too tough as he never dropped out of first place on the evening following any round.
Ross moved into second place on his final dive, which earned him his highest score of the night (79.90) when he landed a beautiful Back 2 ½ Somersault 1 ½ Twist Pike. The final dive gave him his final score of 452.75, which was also a personal-best for Ross at the NCAA Finals.
However, Texas’ Drew Livingston was not far behind Ross as he posted a final round dive score of 100.70, landing a picture-perfect Back 2 ½ Somersault 2 ½ Twist Pike to step out in front of the field. But the Longhorns diver’s dream of an NCAA title was short-lived, as Boudia punched his second NCAA title of the weekend with a 91.20 on his last dive, ironically a Back 2 ½ Somersault 2 ½ Twist Pike, to finish atop the field.
Boudia finished with a new NCAA record score of 530.45 placing first, while Livingston (493.20) was second, followed by Miami’s Ross.
Reuben Ross finishes his storied 2008-09 season as the ACC Men’s Diver of the Year, and ACC Champion in both the 1-m and 3-m event. This is second time Ross has claimed All-America honors on the platform, doing so as a freshman in 2007, while staking the sixth All-America honor of his career.
UNLV FINISHES UP AT NCAA MEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS UNLV swimmers competed in three events on Saturday in the third and final day of the 2009 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships. This year’s championship was held at the Texas A&M Student Rec Center Natatorium.
The highest individual finish of the day came from sophomore Akos Molnar, who placed 22nd in the 200 breast in a time of 1:56.58. Kier Maitland meanwhile posted a time of 15:24.80 in the 1650 free to finish 29th.
Calan Eldridge, Charlie Tapp, Steven Nelms and Thomas Andolfsson teamed up to swim the 400 free relay, and touched the wall in a time of 2:55.42, placing them 18th.
Penn State: Men Place 32nd at NCAA Championships
On the final day of competition, the Penn State men’s swimming team finished 32nd at the 2009 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships. Throughout the weekend, Vincent Reydams, Patrick Schirk, Jason Goldner, Basil Kaaki and Brian Alden competed against the fastest swimmers across the nation and all came away with Honorable Mention All-America status.
In his signature event of the 200 backstroke, defending champion Schirk placed 14th with a time of 1:42.71. In addition to picking up points for the Lions, he earned his second Honorable Mention All-America accolade of the meet to cap off his career.
Earlier in the day. The 400 freestyle relay team of Reydams. Alden, Kaaki and Goldner fell short of the finals, but took a 21st place finish overall clocking in at 2:56.33.
“I think we were a little flat this weekend,” said head coach John Hargis. “This was the fastest meet in the history of the sport, and I think it got to them mentally.”
Alden was the first freshman from Penn State at the NCAA Championships since 2002 when Mark Zucca competed in the 100 breaststroke and both medley relays while Paul Kirk swam the 1650 freestyle.
“I tried to teach Brian (Alden) as much as I could this weekend,” said Hargis. “Three of the five guys here are seniors so he’s more moldable. Next year, he’ll be the catalyst of the team. He knows what expected of him and will embrace it in the future. “
The men’s swimming and diving team wraps up the 2008-09 season with a 6-5 record and eighth overall in Big Ten standings. It was another record breaking year for the Nittany Lions as four individual and two relay records were broken. Senior Tim Williams improved on his 200 butterfly record from last year while Reydams broke the 50 freestyle record that had previously been held for seven years. Freshman Mitch Scherer took over the top spot in the 100 breaststroke. In addition, Schirk reset his own school record in the 100 backstroke with a time of 46.51 in the preliminary competition yesterday.
Reydams, Alden, Kaaki and Goldner reset the 200 freestyle relay record while Schirk, Scherer, Williams and Reydams took nearly a full second off the 200 medley relay record ending the nine-year reign of Josh Weaver, Bob Molettiere, Gavin Carscallen and Matt Teeter.
“Next year we will have a very young team which is good, but also bad with the inexperience,” said Hargis. “Brian (Alden) and Basil (Kaaki) are only two returners who were at the NCAAs this year. As the staff and I continue to build the team we are always working towards this meet, and there will be a lot of newcomers next year that can compete at this level.
“We’re excited for next year. It’s going to be a lot of fun and our future is very bright.”
Oakland: Jensen Named All-America Honorable Mention
Freshman Anders Jensen earned All-America Honorable Mention honors after finishing 12th in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:41.83 at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship Saturday evening at the Student Rec Center Natatorium. The Copenhagen, Denmark native accumulated five points, earning Oakland University a 35th place finish.
Jensen finished his first season at Oakland with quite the resume. In addition to being named both Summit League Swimmer and Newcomer of the Year, he set two NCAA automatic qualifying standards in the 100 back (46.65) and 200 back (1:4.49) and hit a NCAA “B” cut in the 200 butterfly (1:44.19).
South Carolina: Walkotten Finishes Sixth in NCAA 200 Fly Final
Nicholas Walkotten made the most of his final swim as a South Carolina Gamecock as he smashed his own school record yet again in finishing sixth in the 200-yard butterfly at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships at Texas A&M University. The senior became the first Gamecock to earn two All America certificates at one NCAA Championship since 2004.
"He swam great," head coach McGee Moody said. "He fixed the things we needed to fix for tonight. It was perfect. He's 12 one- hundredths out of being fourth. Even on his best night, I'm not sure he matches (Georgia's Mark) Dylla and (Florida's Shaune) Fraser, but he was perfect tonight. We're excited about the way everything went and that he got to be in the big show. He beat some really great athletes, some Olympians. Just a great performance."
Walkotten turned in a time of 1:42.48, a scant four-hundredths out of fifth place behind Auburn's Tyler McGill. Fraser and Dylla both broke the existing NCAA record in finishing 1-2 in the event with Fraser out-touching Dylla by a tenth of a second in 1:40.75. The senior from Hudsonville, Mich., became South Carolina's first All-American in the 200 butterfly since Zsolt Gaspar turned in top-16 finishes in 2000 and 2001. The last Gamecock swimmer to earn multiple All-America certificates in one championship since Istvan Bathazi pulled off the feat in the 200 and 400 IM events in 2004.
The senior qualified eighth in the afternoon's preliminaries with a time of 1:42.73, which smashed his previous personal best of 1:43.55 from the SEC Championships in February.
Also competing on the final day was fellow senior Kyle Cormier. He turned in a time of 43.33 in the 100 freestyle to finish 31st in his final collegiate competition.
With Walkotten's combined 15 points from a sixth-place finish in the 200 fly and a 15th-place showing in the 100 fly, South Carolina finished tied for 29th in the team standings. It was the best showing for South Carolina since the 2004-05 season when the Gamecocks finished 26th on the strength of Andy Bradley's sixth-place finish in three-meter diving.
Auburn won its fifth NCAA Championship in six years, retaking the title after Arizona ended their four year streak last season. The Tigers finished with 526 points, ahead of second-place Texas with 487. Florida was fifth, Tennessee was eighth and Georgia was 10th, giving the SEC four of the top 10 teams. Kentucky finished 17th, Alabama was 21st and LSU was 28th.
The intercollegiate season has come to a close, but numerous South Carolina swimmers and divers continue to train for various events taking place throughout the summer. The next major event is the Ultraswim event in Charlotte, N.C., which runs May 14-17.
Stanford Finishes Third At NCAA Swimming And Diving Championships
Stanford completed their season with a third-place finish at the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships from the Texas A&M Student Recreation Center Natatorium. The Cardinal had several more outstanding swims on Saturday, but could not overcome eventual champion Auburn or national runner-up Texas.
Stanford totaled 430.5 points to finish third for the second consecutive season. It was the ninth straight top-three finish and the 28th consecutive top-four NCAA finish under head swimming coach Skip Kenney and diving coach Dr. Rick Schavone.
Auburn came from behind on Saturday to take the title with 486 points. Texas was second with 453 points. California (318) and Florida (300) rounded out the top-five teams.
The Cardinal got the evening off to a great start by scoring big points in the 1,650 free. Chad La Tourette smashed the Stanford record with a time of 14:33.55 to finish as the NCAA runner-up. Also with a top-10 finish was David Mosko who placed seventh with a time of 14:45.30.
A pair of freshmen also scored points for Stanford as Trevor Scheid and Michael Zoldos tied for 15th. The duo finished with times of 14:56.80 to each earn the first All-America honors of their careers.
Following the distance free, Eugene Godsoe finished with his second consecutive fifth-place finish in a backstroke event. Godsoe's time of 1:40.08 was just two hundredths off the Stanford school record.
The 100 free saw the return of Austin Staab. Fresh off his NCAA title in the 100 fly on Friday night, Staab competed in the championship final. This time Staab finished sixth with a time of 42.06. While the time was not an American record like Staab now owns in the 100 fly, it was the second-fastest in Stanford history.
In the consolation final of the 100 free, Alex Coville finished 11th. Coville finished with a time of 42.70 to earn All-America honors in both sprint freestyle events.
The Cardinal were again strong in the breaststroke as Paul Kornfeld and John Criste both advanced to the championship final of the 200 breast. The defending NCAA champ in the event, Kornfeld settled for third, although he did break the school record in the event with a time of 1:52.55. Criste also fared well, placing fifth with a time of 1:52.98.
In the consolation final, Curtis Lovelace finished 11th with a time of 1:54.63. The trio of Stanford breaststrokers scored 36 team points in the event.
In the final individual swimming event of the meet, Bobby Bollier led Stanford in the 200 fly with a fourth-place finish with a time of 1:42.36. Having already broken the 22-year-old Stanford record of Pablo Morales at the Pac-10 Championships, Bollier bettered his school record in the prelims with a time of 1:41.79.
Also competing in the championship final was David Mosko who placed seventh with a time of 1:43.42. Mosko was also faster in the prelims where his time of 1:41.98 was second all-time for Stanford.
In diving, Brent Eichenseer placed 13th in the platform competition with a score of 366.35. The 13th-place finish gives Eichenseer the first All-America honor of his career.
To conclude the NCAA Championships, the team of Coville, Staab, David Dunford and Jason Dunford competed in the 400 free relay. The Cardinal finished fourth with a school-record time of 2:47.97. Auburn won the event to give them four of the five relays on the way to the NCAA title.
The Cardinal conclude another successful season in men's swimming. Along with another high finish at the NCAA Championships, the Cardinal extended their Pac-10 Championships winning streak to 28, while also rewriting the school record book.
Texas places second at NCAA Championships
Behind 11 top-three individual and relay finishes and five new American records, Texas finished second at the 2009 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday evening at Texas A&M’s Student Rec Center Natatorium.
Auburn claimed the NCAA team title with 526 points, while Texas took second with 487 points. Stanford placed third at 460.5, and California placed fourth with 350 points.
Texas’ second-place showing marks the Longhorns’ eighth such finish under 31st-year head coach Eddie Reese, who boasts nine NCAA team titles at Texas. Reese’s Longhorns have finished in the top-three at the NCAA Championships in 24 of his 31 seasons in Austin.
Texas opened the night by taking 29 points in the 1,650-yard freestyle from senior Michael Klueh and freshman Jackson Wilcox. Klueh took fourth and broke his previous school record in 14:34.96, and Wilcox took fifth in 14:41.27. Klueh broke his previous school mark of 14:36.07 set at the 2008 NCAA Championships. Texas led Auburn after the 1,650 freestyle by a 377-342 count.
Junior Hill Taylor tacked on 13 points for the Longhorns by taking sixth in the 200 backstroke at 1:40.54. Freshman Neil Caskey placed seventh in the consolation final at 1:42.95, and sophomore Bryan Collins placed eighth in the consolation final at 1:43.59. UT clung to a 393-386 lead over Auburn after the 200 backstroke.
UT held on to its lead after the 100 freestyle, where freshman Jimmy Feigen broke the school record he set in the preliminary round and took second in 41.49. Earlier in the day, Feigen broke teammate Dave Walters’ school record of 41.92 set at last month’s Big 12 Championship with a mark of 41.77. Walters placed fifth in the finals at 41.97 to add 14 points for Texas. Junior Peter Jameson took fourth in the consolation final at 42.81. UT led Auburn by a 429-422 count after the 100 freestyle before the Tigers would assume a one-point lead after the 200 breaststroke.
Senior Agustin Magruder placed second in the 200 breaststroke consolation final. Auburn’s Adam Klein took fourth in 1:52.96 to put the Tigers on top by one, 437-436. The Tigers blew their lead open in the 200 butterfly, where they placed third, fifth and 11th and pushed the cushion to 473-436.
Freshman Drew Livingston ended a stellar NCAA meet by taking second in the platform event with 493.20 points. Livingston’s fifth dive, an inward three-and-a-half somersault warranted three scores of 10 among the seven judges. Livingston claimed the NCAA title in the one-meter event on Thursday.
Texas wrapped up the meet with its fifth new American record in three days, as the 400 freestyle relay took second in 2:47.02. Feigen led off in 41.94, and Berens picked up the second leg in 41.83. Jameson split 42.15 on the third leg before Walters anchored in 41.10. The relay smashed the American record mark of 2:49.17 set just last month by Texas’ Ben Van Roekel, Ryan Verlatti, Feigen and Walters at the Big 12 Championships.
Texas A&M: Aggies Place 12th, Tally 14th Straight Top 25 NCAA Finish
The Texas A&M men’s swimming and diving team couldn’t maintain their hold on the top 10, but the Aggies did tally their school-record 14th straight top 25 finish on Saturday at the 2009 NCAA Championships.
Competing in their home pool, the Aggies scored 104 points for a 12th place finish, which is the highest of fifth-year head coach Jay Holmes’ career. The Aggies’ streak of 14 straight top 25 NCAA finishes is a record for any sport in Texas A&M history. Auburn rallied past Texas on Saturday for the NCAA team title with 526 points to the Longhorns’ 487.
The Aggies went into the final day in 10th place with a small lead over Minnesota and Georgia. A&M scored points in platform diving and the 400-yard free relay, but it wasn’t enough to hold off the Bulldogs and Golden Gophers, who both leaped the Aggies on Saturday.
“We knew if we were going to make a big move, it would be on Friday and then we would hold on for dear life on Saturday,” Holmes said. “We wanted more this weekend. We’re thrilled to be in the hunt for a top 10 finish. One of these days we re going to finish in the top 10, and I had hoped it would be this year. I’m so proud of this team. They truly bought into what we’re trying to do here, and it showed this weekend.”
Senior Eric Sehn finished his illustrious career at Texas A&M by winning the consolation final in the platform dive. Sehn missed out on a spot in the Championship final by a less than a point with a score of 396.25, but outclassed the consolation final with a winning score of 434.85. For the 2009 Championships, Sehn was third in the 1m, sixth in the 3m and ninth in the platform to score 38 points for the Aggies. Sehn reached the Championship final at the NCAA meet nine times in 12 chances and scored a school-record 151 career points at the national meet.
The Aggies closed out the Championships with a 13th place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay in the final event of the night. The foursome of sophomore Balazs Makany, junior Casey Strange, senior Brad Raiford and senior Shawn Clarke hit the wall in 2:53.72.
Western Kentucky Swimmer Sean Penhale Concludes Successful Season
WKU swimmer Sean Penhale put another mark on the record board breaking the school record in the 500 freestyle in the 2009 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving National Championships. The junior competed in the 500 freestyle and 1650 freestyle in the championships.
In the 500 freestyle, Sean picked up a 30th place finish with a time of 4:20.18. He also placed in the top 25 in the 1650 freestyle finishing in 24th place after touching the wall in 15:06.14. His time in the 1650 free was also the second best time of his career.
“It was great to watch Sean finish out his season in great fashion, head coach Bruce Marchionda said.” With a school record in the 500 freestyle. To finish in the top 30 in the Nation in two events is a great step forward for Sean. He represented WKU very well at his first National Championship.”
This season, Sean won the Sun Belt title in the 1650 free breaking the SBC Championship record by almost 30 seconds. In addition, he finished the season with the best time on the team in the 200, 500, 1000 and 1650 free.
Wisconsin: RICE EARNS HONORABLE MENTION ALL-AMERICA HONORS
Scott Rice wrapped up his collegiate career in style Saturday, earning honorable mention All-America honors at the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships.
The senior, competing in his best event, posted his best finish of the championships on the meet’s final day. Rice claimed a 14th-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly by clocking a time of 1:43.92 at the Student Recreation Center Natatorium in College Station, Texas.
Rice, who owns UW’s school record in the event at 1:42.53, was 13th during the morning preliminaries session to earn his spot in the consolation final. His 14th-place showing was the best NCAA finish of his career.
Shaune Fraser of Florida won the 200 fly title in an NCAA-record time of 1:40.75.
For Rice, the race was his third in three days at the championships. He opened the meet with a school-record performance in the 200-yard individual medley on Thursday and then finished 22nd in the 100 fly on Friday.
Rice closes his career as the Badgers’ school-record holder in the 100 fly, 200 fly and 200 IM.