Wildcat Men's Swimming and Diving Drop to Eighth Place at NCAA Championships

March 29, 2002

ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Arizona men's swimming and diving team completed the second-day of the 2002 NCAA Championships in eighth place with 143 points. Texas holds onto first place, scoring 376 points. Stanford is in second with 361 points followed by Auburn in third place (255.5). The event is being held at the Gabrielsen Natatorium and is being hosted by the Univesity of Georgia.

In the championship finals of the 100y fly senior stand-out Roland Schoeman placed third swimming to a new personal best and a new school record of 46.50. Schoeman topped his personal best time by three one-hundredths of a second (46.53) and the school record by one one-hundredths of a second (46.51).

On the three-meter springboard senior All-American Omar Ojeda placed sixth, scoring 614.75 points. The final diving event, the 10-meter platform, will take place tomorrow.

In the championships finals of the 200y medley relay the Cats were disqualified after a false start. The team was made up of sophomores Eric la Fleur and Greg Owen, Schoeman and fellow sophomore Byron Jeffers, Arizona was not rewarded any points for the relay.

Texas' Ian Crocker broke the NCAA, American, U.S. Open and Pool Record in the 100y fly, touching the wall at 45.44.

Southern California's 800y free relay team broke the NCAA, U.S. Open and Pool Record with the time of 6:17.35. The old record of 6:18.00 was set by Texas in 2001.

The third and final day of the meet will begin tomorrow with preliminaries starting at 11 a.m. EST. Finals will begin at 7 p.m. EST.


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