Cats place third at Pac-10's

March 7, 2009

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LONG BEACH, Calif. – Arizona concluded the Men’s Pac-10 Championships at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool with 647 points, good for a third place finish overall.


Beginning the night, Jean Basson undertook the treacherous task of the 1650 freestyle. Basson swam a consistent race and finished fifth with a time of 14:52.59. Earlier in the week Basson won the 500 freestyle and finished runner-up in the 200 freestyle.


“It was a tough race, a real battle,” said Basson. “I’m pleased with my time and look forward to dropping it even lower.”


Next in the 200 back, Jake Tapp just missed winning the Pac-10 title when Stanford’s Eugene Godsoe out touched Tapp by two hundredths of second for the win. Tapp was leading through 150 yards, but over the last 50 he was unable to hold off Godsoe.


“Going into finals tonight, I really wanted to just have fun with the race and see what I could do, said Tapp. “I really didn’t have any idea where I was in terms of place, I just focused on myself and setting a low time. After going as low as I did tonight, I can’t wait to see what I can do after I’m rested at NCAA’s.”


In the 100 freestyle, Olympians Joel Greenshields and Nicolas Nilo both swam in the final for Arizona but neither could keep pace with Cal’s Nathan Adrian as he won the meet with a 41.64. Nilo finished sixth with a time of 42.77 while Greenshields posted a 43.33.


Junior Marcus Titus swam the 200 breaststroke final for Arizona. The Tucson native placed eighth overall with a time of 1:55.93, one hundredths of a second of his season best set in Austin, Texas in December.


In the 200 breaststroke consolation final, Arizona had three swimmers finish in the top sixteen: Tom Cole was 11th with a 1:56.71, Jack Brown was 14th with a 1:57.16 and Josh Arreguin was 14th with a 1:57.72.


Freshman AJ Tipton finished second in the 200 butterfly after closing in on the pack over the last half of the race and just missing the Pac-10 title by five tenths of a second. Tipton, already the UA record holder, had a time of 1:43.43.


To end the championships, the 400 free relay team of Nicolas Nilo, Joel Greenshields Jordan Smith and Jake Tapp finished third with a time of 2:50.49, good for a NCAA automatic qualifying time.


Over the week Arizona won the 800 freestyle relay, 500 freestyle and the 400 individual medley and set NCAA automatic qualifying times in all five relays.


Stanford won its 28th consecutive Men’s Pac-10 Championship 


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