World Championships Update

July 27, 2009

ROME – Former Arizona swimmer Albert Subirats finished seventh in the 50m fly final during day two of the 13th World Championships in Rome, Italy to lead a contingent of Wildcats in the water on Tuesday.


Jean Basson finished 8th overall in the semifinals of the 200m freestyle and will advance on to tomorrow’s final heat where he’ll go up against Michael Phelps and Paul Biedermann.


In Beijing, Phelps claimed the Gold Medal in the 200m free while then up-and-comer Basson was fourth.


In preliminary action in the 200m free, Basson and Phelps battled down the stretch during heat 15 with Phelps pulling ahead and touching first followed by Basson. Nicolas Nilo just missed earning a trip to the semifinal round with an 18th place finish.  Overall Phelps and Basson’s prelim times were good for second and fourth, respectively.


In the men’s 100m backstroke semifinal, Frank Busch trainee Matt Grevers swam a time of 52.82, good for fifth overall and a spot in the final heat. Surprisingly, world-record holder Aaron Perisol failed to earn entry into the finals, finishing ninth overall.


Grevers just did sneak into the 100m Backstroke semifinal with a 16th place finish in prelims after ripping his TYR swimsuit right before he jumped in the water.


'I didn't completely freak out but definitely I was conscious of it,' Grevers said to the Associated Press, showing a two-inch rip by his lower back. 'Luckily I made it in.”


Tomorrow Grevers and Basson will be aiming to medal in the 100m back and 200m free, respectively.


All semifinal and final events are available to watch free online at



Monday’s Final Event


Men’s 50m Butterfly

-Albert Subirats                                    VEN                  7th                   23.07              



Monday’s Semifinal Events


Men’s 200m Freestyle

-Jean Basson                           RSA                  8th                   1:45.82                                   


Men’s 100m Backstroke

-Matt Grevers*                         USA                  5th                   52.82



Monday’s Preliminary Events


Men’s 200m Freestyle

-Jean Basson                           RSA                  4th                   1:45.88

-Nicolas Nilo                             BRA                  18th                 1:47.55

-Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or            ISR                   31st                 1:48.63           


Men’s 100m Backstroke

-Matt Grevers  *                      USA                  16th                 54.04

-Jake Tapp                               CAN                  31st                 54.99



*Did not attend UA, but trains under Frank Busch and Staff


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