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Men’s team takes a dive

The UA men’s swim and dive team held steady on day two of the Pacific 10 Conference Championships, currently sitting in third place.

The No. 1 men’s team had many great performances on Thursday, but none of them were quite good enough to get into the winner’s circle. In the 200-yard freestyle relay, Arizona’s team — seniors Jake Tapp and Jordan Smith, sophomore Adam Small and junior Rob Iddiols placed third with a time of 1:18.48.

“”I think we did well, especially considering we were swimming against guys that are more rested than we are,”” Smith said.

The UA’s big event of the night was the 200y individual medley, in which the Wildcats had four swimmers place in the “”A”” heat.  Senior Jack Brown led the way, finishing third with a time of 1:45.53.  Sophomore Cory Chitwood placed fifth in the event, with senior Clark Burckle and freshman Carl Mickelson coming in just after him.

Senior Jean Basson finished as a runner-up in the 500y freestyle “”B”” heat with a time of 4:19.57. Only Stanford’s David Mosko, the winner of the 500y freestyle “”A”” heat, finished with a better time. 

“”I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t make the ‘A’ final because I would have been second in there with my time,”” Basson said. “”But it’s OK for now because I’ve been saying that my main focus is nationals, so this was good preparation for that.””

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