Wildcats Continue to Lead In Texas

Dec. 5, 2009

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AUSTIN, Texas – One day after lighting up the scoreboard with several first place finishes and NCAA cut times, the Arizona men’s and women’s swimming teams were at it again, determined to stay in the lead.


In the 200 medley relay, the men and women each finished runner-up to host Texas.  The men’s team, featuring Jake Tapp, Marcus Titus, Bryan O’Connor and Jordan Smith went out in 1:27.03 for an NCAA consideration time.  The women with the team of Ana Agy, Annie Chandler, Erin Campbell and Justine Schluntz recorded a time of 1:38.54, also good for a cut standard.


Yesterday Jack Brown blew the competition away with is automatic qualifying time in the 200 I.M. Tonight it was the 400 I.M. for Brown as he recorded another automatic time of 3:44.41 to win the race.  The Cats went onto place the top four in the men’s 400 I.M. with Clark Burckle second, Cory Chitwood third and Austen Thompson fourth.  All had NCAA consideration times.


Over on the women’s side in the 400 I.M., Alyssa Anderson showed her versatile strength and won with a cut time of 4:09.37 .


2009 NCAA Woman of the Year Lacey Nymeyer is finished with her collegiate eligibility but is in Austin competing with several UA postgrads including fellow former teammates Lara Jackson and Whitney Myers.  In the 200 free, Nymeyer posted a first-place time of 1:46.04, just ahead of current Wildcat Leone Vorster’s 1:46.22.


Chandler and Titus highlighted their ‘main event’ 100 breaststroke competitions with wins on the women’s and men’s side respectively.  Chandler had a time of 1:00.59 while Titus went out in 53.38.  Teammates Burckle and Kevin Munsch were just behind Titus finishing second and third. 


Agy, the school record holder in both the 100 and 200 back, rattled off a NCAA automatic qualifying in the 100 back, finishing with a time of 52.64.  In the men’s 100 back, Tapp took home first place honors with a time of 47.46.


After day two, the Arizona men continue to sit in first place with 732.5 points, ahead of Texas (668) and Auburn (303).  The UA women also find themselves in first for the second consecutive day with a point total of 725.5. The Texas women are in second with 656 points followed by Wisconsin in third with 311.5


The Texas Swimming & Diving Hall of Fame Invitational concludes Saturday at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.  The preliminary round is set for 10 a.m. Central with the finals set for 6 p.m.  Live video for the finals session will be available at TexasSports.com. 

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