Brunelli Named to 2005 World Championship Team

April 4, 2005

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Nick Brunelli, a former member of the Arizona State University swimming and diving team, was named to the 2005 World Championship Team Monday after finishing second in the 50 freestyle Sunday at the 2005 World Long Course Championship Trials held at the IU Natatorium. The World Championship Trials continue through Wednesday, April 6.

Brunelli swam into second-place Sunday in the 50 freestyle with a time of 22.33 and has been named to the 2005 World Championship Team in that event for the United States. His preliminary time of 22.28 is the fastest in the world.

Also in action Sunday in the 50 freestyle was sophomore Richie Crowder. He swam a preliminary time of 23.90 to qualify for the C-final. Crowder touched the wall second in the finals Sunday evening with at time of 23.50 to finish 18th overall.

As competition continued on the fourth day at the World Championship Trials, Brunelli hit the water in the 100 freestyle finishing eighth overall in the preliminary swim with a time of 50.11, qualifying him for the final Monday evening. Brunelli touched the wall in 50.11 in the final to take eighth-place. Olympic gold medallist, Michael Phelps, took the top spot with a time of 49.00.

Freshman Sarah A Fischer was in action for the preliminary swim of the 800 freestyle, touching the wall in 9:08.81 to finished 37th. Freshman CJ Nuess, who finished 10th overall earlier in competition in the 400 IM, took 37th in the 200 IM Monday with a time of 2:10.73.

The 2005 World Long Course Championship Trials continue Tuesday with action in the women's 800 freestyle final, women's 100 freestyle, men's 200 backstroke, women's 200 breaststroke, men's 200 breaststroke and the men's 1500 freestyle final.

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