Arizona Men's Swimming and Diving in Third Place After Day One of NCAAs

March 28, 2002

ATHENS, Ga. -- At the end of the first day of competition at the 2002 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships the University of Arizona is in third place with 104 points. The University of Texas currently holds the lead, scoring 163 points. In second place is Stanford (143) and rounding out the top-five are Florida in fourth (91) and Auburn in fifth (83.50). The three-day event is being held at the Gabrielsen Natatorium on the University of Georgia campus.

Wildcat senior All-American Roland Schoeman grabbed the NCAA title in the 50y free tonight when he out-touched California's Anthony Ervin by two one-hundredths of a second. Schoeman touched the wall at 19:08, while Ervin touched at 19.10. Schoeman set the school record during the preliminaries of the event, clocking a 19:06.

Schoeman said of his victory, 'It was awesome. The combination of it being my senior year and my last 50 free ever (in college) was amazing, it make me gitty. My mom flew out here all the way from South Africa and then having the whole team behind me was an amazing feeling.'

Arizona's 200y free relay team placed third in the championship finals tonight with the time of 1:16.99, surpassing the old school record of 1:18.04 set at the 2001 NCAA Championship meet. Swimming for the Cats were Schoeman, sophomore All-Americans Eric la Fleur and Tyler Johnson and fellow sophomore Byron Jeffers.

In the championship finals of the 400y medley relay the Cats placed fourth with the time of 3:11.60. The relay team consisted of senior All-American Kristopher Souther, sophomore Greg Owen, junior Jeff Dash and Schoeman.

Senior All-American Omar Ojeda scored 342.20 points on the one-meter and finished in sixth place. Sophomore Josh Anderson placed first in the consolation finals of the one-meter with 312.10 points.

In the lead off leg of the 200y free relay Cal's Ervin clocked a 19.05 breaking the NCAA and Pool Record of 19.06 set by Schoeman earlier in the day. With this time Ervin also tied the American and U.S. Open Record set in 1990.

Stanford's 200y free relay team broke four records as they touched the wall at 1:16.49. The Cardinal broke the NCAA Record (1:16.50), the American Record (1:16.76), the U.S. Open Record (1:16.50) and the Pool Record (1:18.48).

The second day of competition will begin tomorrow with preliminaries starting at 11 a.m. EST, followed by finals at 7 p.m. EST.


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