Arizona Leads NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships After Day One

March 27, 2008

Federal Way, Wash. - After the first day of competition, Arizona leads the team standings with 137 points at the NCAA Division I Men's Swimming & Diving Championships. Texas is in second place with 116 points, while California is in third with 112. Five-time defending champion Auburn is in fourth place after the first day with 97 points, and is trailed closely by fifth-place Stanford with 93 points.

Arizona swimmers captured NCAA titles in the 200 yard individual medley and the 400 yard medley relay. The Wildcats also placed a swimmer second in the 200 yard free, third in the 500 yard free and third in the 50 yard free. Arizona's Darian Townsend won two NCAA titles tonight, taking the championship in the 200 IM with a time of 1:42.72 before swimming the third leg of the 400 medley relay team.

Auburn swimmer Cesar Cielo set a new NCAA and US Open record with an 18.47 50-yard split in the lead-off leg of the 200 yard freestyle relay, as the Tigers won the event with a 1:15.66. Cielo followed up with his second NCAA title of the night, as he captured the championship in the 50 yard free in a time of 18.52.

Georgia also finished the night with two individual NCAA Champions, as Sebastien Rouault won the 500 yard freestyle with a time of 4:09.48 and Chris Colwill won the 1-meter diving title with 407.25 points.

Competition will continue tomorrow, Friday, March 28 with the preliminaries at noon and the finals at 7 p.m. Day two of the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships will include: 200 yard medley relay, 400 yard individual medley, 100 yard butterfly, 200 yard freestyle, 100 yard breaststroke, 100 yard backstroke and 3 meter diving.

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