Stanford Remains In Third Place At NCAA Championship
March 24, 2006
Atlanta, Ga - Top-ranked Stanford's chances of capturing the 2006 NCAA title in men's swimming and diving took a severe jolt when the Cardinal's 200 medley relay team was disqualified during Friday night's final at the NCAA Championship at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center.
Stanford was disqualified when Nate Cass was charged with a stroke infraction during the second leg of the four-man relay, the breaststroke. The infraction meant that Stanford was awarded no points while the meet leader and defending NCAA champion Auburn finished second and picked up 34 points. Arizona won the competition in an American record time of 1:23.88.
Arizona has taken the second day lead with 336.5 points. Auburn is second (331.5 points) while Stanford is third (244.5 points).
Stanford's best effort of the night was in the 200 free when Andy Grant finished fifth in a time of 1:34.04 to pickup All-American honors. Shaun Phillips finished eighth (1:35.51). Arizona's Simon Burnett set an American record in a time of 1:31.20.
Hongzhe Sun, the Pac-10 champion in the 100 back, finished sixth to also gain All-American honors in a time of 46.88. Matt Grevers of Northwestern won the event (45.93).
Other All-American honors turned in by Stanford swimmers included Paul Kornfeld and Nate Cass in the 100 breast. Kornfeld, a freshman, placed seventh (53.38) while Cass, another freshman, ended up in eighth place (53.62). The national title went to Henrique Barbosa of California at 52.52.
Mark Stephens picked up All-American status in the 400 IM with his eighth place finish in 3:51.64.
The evening ended when the Cardinal 800 free relay team (Andy Grant, Shaun Phillips, Tobias Oriwol, Daniel Beal) finished fifth in a time of 6:21.71. Arizona set an American record in a time of 6:16.67.
The final day of competition will be on Saturday.
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Friday's Final Results - NCAA Division I Men's Swimming & Diving Championship
Georgia Tech Aquatic Center - Atlanta, Ga
Team Standings - 1. Arizona 336.5 points; 2. Auburn 331.5 points; 3. Stanford 244.5 points; 4. Texas 220; 5. Florida 203; 6. California 182.5 points; 7. USC 157 points; 8. Northwestern 133.5 points; 9. Michigan 132 points; 10. Georgia 120 points
200 Free - 1. Simon Burnett (Arizona) 1:31.20; 2. Peter Vanderkaay (Michigan) 1:33.31; 3. Dominik Meichtry (California) 1:33.75; 5. Andy Grant (S) 1:34.04; 8. Shaun Phillips (S) 1:35.51; 16. Daniel Beal (S) 1:37.54; 37. Michael McLean (S) 1:38.40
100 Back - 1. Matt Grevers (Northwestern) 45.93; 2. Doug Van Wie (Auburn) 46.22; 3. Nick Thoman (Arizona) 46.67; 6. Hongzhe Sun (S) 46.88800 Free Relay -- 1. Arizona 6:16.67; 2. Michigan 6:18.11; 3. Texas 6:19.61; 5. Stanford 6:21.71
Three-Meter Diving: 1. Chris Colwill (Georgia) 460.95 points; 2. Joona Puhakka (ASU) 413.05 points; 3. Steven Segerlin (Auburn) 401.20 points; 17. Dwight Dumais (S) 296.55 points