March 27, 2009
Few shake ups occurred in the rankings on the second day of the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Texas, after holding the top spot all season, maintained the top spot while Auburn, Florida and Tennessee all held spots in the top 10.
In the 200 medley relay, Auburn earned the title with an NCAA record mark of 1:22.36. By one-hundredth of a second the Vols set a school record finishing sixth (1:24.74). The relay team consisted of Ricky Henahan, Barry Murphy, Mike DeRocco and Nolan Morrell and earned 26 points for the Volunteers. Other noteworthy scorers were Florida in eighth, Louisville in 11th, Virginia in 12th, Kentucky in 14th and Georgia in 16th.
Tyler Clary of Michigan set an American record at 3:35.98, winning the 400 individual medley. UT sophomore Michael Christy placed 18th (3:46.49) in the prelims of the 400 individual medley, just missing the cut for the B final.
In the 100 butterfly, Stanford's Austin Staab broke an NCAA record winning (44.18) the event. Tennessee's DeRocco placed 37th with a 47.54 mark.
Southeastern Conference 200 freestyle champ Shaune Fraser of Florida claimed (1:33.70) the NCAA title in the same event. UT's senior Olympian Jonas Persson finished 16th (1:36.21) and adding one point to the Vols' total score. Sophomore Geoff Sanders was disqualified during the preliminary round after a false start.
California's Damir Dugonjic won the 100 breaststroke with an NCAA record time of 50.86. Tennessee's Murphy finished 14th (53.21) earning three points for the Vols. Mr. Clutch Brad Craig placed 22nd (53.73) in the preliminary round.
In the 100 backstroke, Auburn's Kohlton Norys earned the NCAA title (45.26). UT's Henehan and Morrell placed 22nd (47.14) and 24th (47.44), respectively in the preliminary round.
Purdue's senior diver David Boudia claimed (493.10) the three-meter diving championship. Tennessee's freshman-sensation diver Ryan Helms placed 12th (388.65), earning five points for the Big Orange. Knoxville-native Brent Sterling placed 33rd (280.95).
The 800 freestyle relay featured the nation's fastest teams in a high-octane event. Texas claimed the title (6:10.16) and set an NCAA record. The Vol squad of Morrell, Persson, Christy and Sanders swam the third fastest 800 freestyle relay in UT history placing sixth (6:21.33) and netted 24 points. Other noteworthy scorers were Auburn in eighth, Florida in ninth, Georgia in 12th and Kentucky in 14th.
The NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships will conclude Saturday and feature the mile swim, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, platform diving and the 400 freestyle relay. Live results can be found on http://www.aggieathletics.com/ncaa2009/swimming/men/index.html.
|DAY TWO FINAL STANDINGS|
|10. Texas A&M||87|
|Other noteworthy placers:|
|34. Virginia Tech||4.5|
|T-36. South Carolina||2|
Vols Make Four NCAA Finals on Day Two of NCAA Championships
In the preliminary events of day two at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships the Volunteers qualified for four of Friday's championships heats.
The UT 200 medley relay team of Ricky Henahan, Barry Murphy, Mike DeRocco and Nolan Morrell qualified posting a mark of 1:25.06. Qualifying in eighth, the Vols will compete for the title against SEC foes Auburn and Florida.
Sophomore Michael Christy placed 18th (3:46.49) in the prelims of the 400 individual medley, just missing the cut for the B final.
In the 100 butterfly, DeRocco placed 37th with a 47.54 mark.
Co-captain Persson qualified for the B final of the 200 freestyle in 11th (1:33.78). Sophomore Geoff Sanders was disqualified after a false start.
Murphy made the B final of the 100 breaststroke in 14th (53.33). Mr. Clutch Brad Craig placed 22nd (53.73) in the preliminary round.
Henehan and Morrell placed 22nd (47.14) and 24th (47.44), respectively, in the prelims of the 100 backstroke.
On day one the Vols broke three school records in the 200 freestyle relay (1:16.54), Barry Murphy in the 50 freestyle (19.14), and the 400 medley relay (3:06.90).
The finals begin at 7 p.m. and live results can be tracked at http://www.aggieathletics.com/ncaa2009/swimming/men/index.html.