Pac-10 Men's Swimming Championships
Feb. 13, 2007
WHAT: Pacific-10 Conference Men's Swimming Championships.
WHERE: Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatics, Federal Way, Wash.
WHEN: Wednesday through Saturday, Feb. 21-24.
WHO: Men's swimming teams from ARIZONA, ARIZONA STATE, CALIFORNIA, STANFORD, USC and WASHINGTON will compete for bragging rights at the 2007 Pac-10 Men's Swimming Championship.
TICKETS: The price of admission for the event is as follows:
MEDIA CONTACT: The Arizona sports information office will handle publicity for the 2007 Men's Swimming Championship. Kelli Park, the Wildcats' swimming contact, can be reached at (520) 603-5724.
MEET RESULTS: At the conclusion of the event, results will posted on the Pac-10 web site (www.pac-10.org) , as well as on Arizona's web site (www.arizonaathletics.com). Please contact Becca Faulds at the Pacific-10 Conference office for more information.
Two Pac-10 teams finished in the Top-10 and three teams finished in the Top-20 at the 2006 NCAA Championship in Atlanta, Ga. ARIZONA led the group, finishing second (440.5), followed by third-place STANFORD (362.5), sixth-place CALIFORNIA (250.5), and seventh-place USC (223.0).
At the NCAA Championships, Pac-10 institutions won four individual titles, as well as four of the five relay events. Arizona's Simon Burnett defended his three-time 200-freestyle crown, while breaking his own NCAA school records, and setting new U.S. Open and pool records with a time of 1:31.20. California's Henrique Barbosa swept both breaststroke events, setting two pool records.
At the Pac-10's in Federal Way, Wash., Stanford (880.0) won its 25th-consecutive Pac-10 Championship, defeating runner-up California (796.0). USC placed third (530.0), followed by Arizona (519.0), ARIZONA STATE (352.0), and WASHINGTON (188.0).
Arizona's Burnett was named the Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year, while Stanford's Nate Cass received Newcomer of the Year honors. Stanford coach Skip Kenney picked up his sixth-straight Coach of the Year award.
Burnett, a senior from Tetsworth, U.K., won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:33.26 at the Pac-10 Championships, setting a new Pac-10 meet record and marking one of the first individual Pac-10 championships for Arizona since 2002. He also swam with Arizona's first-place 800-freestyle relay team, which set a new Pac-10 meet record and a new school record in 6:18.70. At the NCAA Championships, Burnett defended his 200-freestyle crown, while breaking his own NCAA and school records, and setting new U.S. Open and pool records with a time of 1:31.20. Burnett also contributed to Wildcat record-breaking victories in the 200-yard medley relay, the 400-yard freestyle relay, and the 800-yard freestyle relay.
Cass, a freshman from Columbus, Ohio, placed second in the 200-yard individual medley, fifth in the 100-yard backstroke, and seventh in the 200-yard backstroke at the Pac-10 Championships. At the NCAA Championships, Cass finished seventh in the 200 IM, eighth in the 100-yard breaststroke, and 10th in the 200-yard breaststroke.
Kenney coached his swimmers to seven individual and two relay titles at the Conference Championships. Kenney coached Stanford to a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships in Atlanta, Ga., after the Cardinal were voted champion of the 2005-06 dual meet season in the S.R. Smith - College Swim Coaches Association (CSCAA) Top-25 Poll. The men's swimming Coach of the Year award is the 18th of Kenney's career.
STANFORD's Hongzhe Sun won two individual events after posting NCAA qualifying times in both the 200 back (1:43.30) and 200 IM (1:46.55) at the Speedo Cup, Nov. 16-18, leading the second-ranked Cardinal to their fourth straight Speedo Cup title. Sun won both the 200 Back and 200 IM for the third straight year. In addition to his individual titles, he swam leadoff leg on the 400 medley relay team which broke a 14-year meet record with an NCAA qualifying time of 3:14.54. Sun also swam the leadoff leg of the 200 medley relay, which placed second in an NCAA qualifying time of 1:28.88.
ARIZONA's Albert Subirats won four individual events after posting an Arizona school record in both the 100 -backstroke (45.9) and the 100-fly (45.0) at the 2006 Texas Invite. The junior also won the 100-free after posting an automatic qualifying time of 45.52, one of the fastest times in the country, and went on to win the 50-free with a time of 19.5. In addition to his individual titles, Subirats swam on both first-place medley relay races at the Texas Invite.
CALIFORNIA's Dominik Meichtry picked up his fifth title in the 500 free as he beat USC's Larsen Jensen by 4.13 seconds with a winning time of 4:19.47 at the Dallas Morning News Invitational. The junior, who claimed his first victory in the 500 free against Cal State Bakersfield after being clocked at 4:32.43, continued his winning streak at the Arizona State dual where he won the 500 free with a time of 4:26.34. In addition to his success in the 500 last month, Meichtry also won four 200 free events against Arizona, Arizona State, USC, and at the Husky Dual.
According to the NCAA top-times list, the ARIZONA men are ranked No. 1 in four of five relay events. The Wildcats posted each of the top-times at the 2006 Texas Invitational last December, as Arizona swam in all but one relay at the meet (the 800 free relay), which is also the only relay event where it does not post a national ranking.
ARIZONA STATE's CJ Nuess has provided a spark of leadership for the Sun Devil men, as the Medical Lake, Wash., native touched as the runner-up in the 1000 free, finishing only .45 seconds behind first-place finisher Matt Biel of Arizona. This season, Nuess swam lifetime bests in the 500 and 1650 at the Texas Invite. At dual meet with Cal and Michigan, he swam dual meet bests in the 100 at 9:10, 200 breast at 2:02, and 400 IM at 3:52.
CALIFORNIA returns 10 All-Americans from last season including senior Patrick O'Neil who secured his fourth individual honor of the season in the 200 fly against USC. The Roseburg, Ore., native won the event with his season-best time of 1:46.33 ... A major addition to the Bears, freshman Nathan Adrian has already made a statement in his opening campaign. Adrian has captured titles in the 200 free (twice), 50 free (once) and 100 free (once).
STANFORD will be looking to continue its run in the Pac-10, as they have won the past 25 conference titles ... Several Stanford swimmers have already met the NCAA qualifying 'A' standard. The list includes Shaun Phillips in the 200 free (1:34.84), the 500 free (4:16.31) and the 1650 free (14:51.77), Hongzhe Sun in the 200 fly (1:44.00), the 100 back (47.29), the 200 back (1:41.98) and the 200 IM (1:46.19) and Nate Cass in the 200 breast (1:55.63).
USC, seventh at the 2006 NCAA Championships and third at the 2006 Pac-10s, return seven of its eight All-Americans from last season ... Only senior Larsen Jensen has clocked an NCAA automatic time, a 4:17.59 in the 500 free, and his 15:28.19 in the 1650 free is an NCAA `B' cut and a team best. His 1:37.57 in the 200 free is also a `B' cut.
WASHINGTON is led by Jared Osborne, Henry Hudson and Scott Spansail. In their last meet against Seattle University and Simon Fraser, Osborne won the 100 backstroke (52.91) and 100 butterfly (50.87), while Hudson won the 200 backstroke (1:53.25) and 200 IM (1:55.83). Spansail capped off Washington's double event winners, picking up victories in the 500 (4:35.34) and 1000 freestyle (9:37.59) ... Be on the watch for Ivan Perhat, who currently holds the two fastest times this season in both the 50 (20.83) and 100 freestyle (45.54) ... Last year at the Pac-10 Championship, Perhat's time in the 50 and 100 free placed him on Washington's All -Time Top-10 List (50 Free - 6th, 20.65; 100 Free - 4th, 45.06).