Arizona Men's Swimming and Diving Travel South for NCAA Championships

March 25, 2002

The Event: The ninth-ranked Arizona men's swimming and diving team will travel to Athens, Georgia, this week for the 2002 NCAA Division I Championships. The competiton will run from Thursday, March 28 through Saturday, March 30. The 21st annual event, with over 200 competitors, will be held at the Ramsey Center in the Gabrielsen Natatorium on the University of Georgia campus. The meet with feature the nation's best swimmers and divers, including former and future Olympians.

The Facilities: The Championships will be hosted by the University of Georgia and will take place at the Ramsey Center in the Gabrielsen Natatorium.

Arizona's Participants:Josh Anderson DiverJeff Dash Fly/IMByron Jeffers Free/IMTyler Johnson FreeAram Kevorkian Dist. Free/IMEric la Fleur Sprint FreeMax Leassner FreeOmar Ojeda DiverGreg Owen Breast/IMRoland Schoeman Sprint Free/FlyKristopher Souther Back/IMRuben Vaca DiverJuan Veloz Fy/IM

Pac-10 Championships: The Wildcat men finished third at the 2002 Pacific-10 Conference Championships held at the Bellmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach, Calif. Stanford took home first place at this year's Pac-10 Championships followed by California in second. Arizona captured two Pac-10 titles this year. Senior All-American Roland Schoeman won both Wildcat titles, the first in the 50y free and the second in the 100y fly. Schoeman took the title in the 50y free with the time of 19.36, out-touching California's Anthony Ervin by seven one-hundredths of a second (19.43). In the second day of competition Schoeman won the 100y fly when he touchd the wall at 46.86. In the third and final day of the Championships Schoeman was the runner-up in the 100y free (43.18). Sophomore All-American Juan Veloz was the runner-up in the 200y fly, clocking a 1:44.95. The Cats' 400y free relay team, made up of sophomore All-American Eric la Fleur, Schoeman, freshman Max Leassner and sophomore Byron Jeffers, finished third at 2:54.54. On the diving end of the Pac-10 Championships senior All-American Omar Ojeda swept all three events for the second consecutive year. On the one-meter Ojeda scored 327.75 points, on the three-meter he scored 611.05 and on the platform he scored 519.60. Senior All-American Ruben Vaca was the runner-up on the one and three-meter events, scoring 355.70 and 552.60 points, respectively. Vaca placed third on the 10-meter with 481.45 points. Sophomore Josh Anderson was the runner-up on the 10-meter with 518.50 points. On the three-meter Anderson placed third, scoring 545.05 points.

Ariozna's NCAA Media Information: For information regarding the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, contact Sarah Fahey in the Arizona Media Relations Office (520) 621-4163. The Arizona Media Relations Office will release a story upon the completion of the competition each day and will email it to the local Tucson media. Those interested in obtaining complete results and the story themselves may do so at

Rankings: The men enter the meet ranked ninth in the latest edition of the College Swim Coaches Association of America Top 25 Dual Meet Poll.

Cats in Cyberspace: For the latest news, notes and results on not only the swimming and diving squads, but also the other 17 intercollegiate sports that the UA has to offer, log on to the official athletic website of the University of Arizona...

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