Cats Respond On Night One

March 26, 2009


COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Jean Basson captivated the crowd at the Student Rec Center Natatorium with his performance in the 500 freestyle during night one of the men’s NCAA championships.  The Johannesburg, South Africa native shattered Chad Carvin’s school record time of 4:11.59 set in 1995 with his 4:08.92 in route to his first ever NCAA individual title. Arizona sits in sixth place with 92 points after Thursday’s finals.

Over the course of the race, Basson used a steady pace to be amongst the early leaders. At the half-way point, the Olympian kicked it up a gear and held the lead until the finish. The first-place finish awarded Arizona 20 points. Basson’s time also makes him the third fastest individual ever in the 500 free.

The men’s 200 free relay team of Jordan Smith, Nicolas Nilo, Adam Small and Joel Greenshields placed sixth tonight with a time of 1:16.68. Earlier in prelims that same foursome set a new school record by going 1:16.22. On the lead off leg, Cal’s Nathan Adrian set a new American and NCAA record by going 18.76 in the 50 free. Auburn’s team won with a time of 1:14.08, also a new NCAA record.

In the 200 individual medley consolation, Jack Brown finished runner up with a time of 1:43.67 to add seven points to Arizona’s total.

Swimming out of lane eight, Jordan Smith placed eighth overall with a time of 19.37. Cal’s Adrian re-broke his American record time set a half hour earlier in the 200 free relay, with a time of 18.71 in the individual event.

Sophomore Ben Grado scored his first points in a NCAA championship meet, as he placed seventh in the consolation finals in the 1-meter event with a 339.55. Tomorrow Grado will compete in the 3-meter dive.

Arizona’s 400 medley relay team of Jake Tapp, Marcus Titus, A.J. Tipton and Nicolas Nilo placed sixth with a time of 3:06.50 to earn the Cats 26 points.

Thursday saw two Arizona school records fall, as the 200 free relay team established a time of 1:16.22 in prelims and Basson took down Carvin’s record with a time of 4:08.92.

Standings through Night One

1. Texas 171 points

2. Auburn 141 points

3. Stanford 130 points

4. Florida 107 points

5. Cal 103 points

6. Arizona - 92 points


200 Free Relay

1. Auburn                                    1:14.08

6. Arizona                                    1:16.68

500 Free

1. Basson                                    4:08.92

200 IM Consolation

2. Jack Brown                        1:43.67

50 Free

8. Jordan Smith                        19.37

1-Meter Diving Consolation

7. Ben Grado                               339.55

400 Medley Relay

1. Auburn 3:01.39

6. Arizona      3:06.50


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