Wildcats Climb One More Spot On Final Day Of Competition

March 24, 2001

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The University of Arizona men's swimming anddiving team moved up one more place to complete the 2001 season in sixth with251 points at the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships. The TexasLonghorns are the national champions for the second year in a row with 597.5points. Following Texas was Stanford with 457.5 points. Placing third wasTennessee with 330.5 points, in fourth with 299 points was SouthernCalifornia and in fifth place was Florida with 265 points. The event was heldat the Texas A&M University Student Recreation Center Pool in CollegeStation, Texas.

Junior diver Omar Ojeda broke another school record on the 10 metertonight. Ojeda scored a total of 562.80 points and placed third. Junior RubenVaca placed 11th on 10 meter scoring 464.95 points.

'I don't try for tens, I just try to do my dives in my head because Iknow in finals everyone tries to do their best dives. I feel good about themeet. I enjoyed myself and I wasn't nervous,' said Ojeda.

The Cat's 400 freestyle relay team made up of freshman Eric la Fleur,junior Roland Schoeman, and seniors Jay Schryver and Scott Gaskins finishedthird in the championship finals with the time of 2:53.17.

Arizona had two swimmers in the championship finals of the 200 butterfly,sophomore Jeff Dash and freshman Juan Veloz. Dash finished the race at1:44.79 to place sixth followed by Veloz in seventh place at 1:45.13. Duringthe preliminaries of the 200 butterfly Veloz broke the school record set byDash last year when he went 1:44.59.

Schoeman was the runner-up in the 100 free at 42.58. Schoeman said, 'Itwas 42 seconds of pain, but it was worth it. It's always great racing.Anthony (Ervin) swam hard and went 42.8, he got what he took and that'sadmirable just as I got what I took.'

Wildcat senior Tyler Painter placed seventh in the championship finals ofthe 1650 freestyle when he hit the wall at 14:52.78.

When asked about the meet associate head coach Rick DeMont said, 'Weperformed well. We lost a lot of horses from last year's team and to onlydrop three spots was incredible.'

Michigan senior Chris Thompson crushed the NCAA record, the Americanrecord and the U.S. Open record in the 1650 freestyle by 2.69 seconds when hetouched the wall at 14:26.62. The previous record was held by fellowWolverine Tom Dolan. Dolan set the record in 1995 in the time of 14:29.31.Thompson also set a new pool record with his time in the mile.

Tying the NCAA record, the American record and the U.S. Open record of41.80 set by Matt Biondi of California in 1987 was California sophomoreAnthony Ervin. Ervin also set a new pool record with this time.

Texas' 400 freestyle relay team broke the NCAA, American, U.S. Open andpool records when they touched at 2:49.80.

A freshman from Texas, Brendan Hansen, set all new records in the 200breastroke. Hansen broke the records, NCAA, American, U.S. Open and pool, inthe time of 1:53.11.

Setting a new pool record in the 200 back was Texas senior Nate Dusing at1:41.52.

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