Wildcats Climbing

March 23, 2001

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The University of Arizona men's swimming anddiving team jumped one spot to be in seventh place (143) after the second dayof competition at the 2001 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships.Leading the pack is defending champion Texas with 446.5 points. Rounding outthe top-five teams are Stanford (337.5), Tennessee (247.5), SouthernCalifornia (234) and Auburn (231). The championships are being held at theTexas A&M University Student Recreation Center in College Station, Texas.

The Wildcats had their highest finish of the meet thus far when juniorOmar Ojeda placed second on the three meter in tonight's finals. Ojeda'spoint total was 635.95 and broke the Arizona school record set by JimmySjodin in 1997. Junior Ruben Vaca placed 11th on the three meter board todaywith 513.55 points.

'Both of the Arizona divers had a great day today. Omar's performance wasbrilliant, he shattered the old school record by 65 points. He's capable ofbeing first or second in the country, he's that good, as he showed us alltoday,' said Arizona head diving coach Michele Mitchell-Rocha.

In the championships finals of the 100 butterfly junior Roland Schoemantouched the wall at 46.53 to place third. Senior Jay Schryver swam his careertop-time in the championship final of the 200 free at 1:35.39. Schryverplaced fifth in the event.

Freshman Eric la Fleur, junior Roland Schoeman, senior Ben Anderson andfreshman Tyler Johnson placed second, 10th overall, in the consolationfinals of the 200 medley relay. The relay team hit the wall at 1:28.16.

The Cats finished in ninth place in the 800 freestyle relay (6:30.33).Arizona's relay team consisted of Anderson, Schryver, and seniors ScottGaskins and Tyler Painter.

Head coach Frank Busch said, 'We've definitely put ourselves in theposition to get done what we wanted to when we got here. It was a great nightfor us and we'll just keep working at it one session at a time. If we keepdoing it one session at a time we'll be just fine.'

In the championship finals of the 200 medley relay the Longhorns of Texasbroke the NCAA record, the American record, the U.S. Open record and the poolrecord when they finished the race at 1:24.47. Texas also broke all fourrecords (NCAA, American, U.S. Open and pool) in the 800 freestyle relay whenthey swam to the time of 6:18.00.

Tim Siciliano, a junior at Michigan, broke the pool record in the 400 IMwhen he won the title for the third straight year. Siciliano won the event inthe time of 3:40.77. Texas freshman Ian Crocker won the 100 butterfly at45.96 breaking the pool record. Fellow Longhorn Brendan Hansen, a freshman,broke the pool record in the 100 breast (52.35). Another pool record wasbroken when USC freshman Klete Keller won the 200 free at 1:34.43. Tennesseesenior Michael Gilliam set a new pool record in the 100 back at 45.97.

The final day of the 2001 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championshipswill be held tomorrow, March 24. Preliminaries begin at 12 p.m. C.S.T. andfinals begin at 7 p.m. C.S.T.

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