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Men’s swim takes to Pac-12 championship

Annie Marum
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Many teams dream of being undefeated and closing up the season as the No. 1 ranked team in the country, but the men’s swim team has done that leading into this week’s Pac-12 Conference Championships in Los Angeles.

But even though Arizona is the top-ranked swimming team in the country, it knows there’s more work to be done before the NCAA Championships, which begin March 8 in Colorado Springs, Colo. The UA is still working to polish starts and turns while placing times that will make it eligible for the NCAA Tournament.

“I think this will be a good opportunity because we won’t be rested 100 percent and we’re not going to shave for it,” said senior captain Kevin Munsch. “It’s just a good opportunity to race under pressure and adversity because we’re racing teams who will be rested.”

No. 3 Stanford is riding a 30-year winning streak at the Pac-12 Championships. But captains Munsch, Corey Chitwood and Austen Thompson said they believe their team can stop Stanford, among others, and generate a championship for Arizona.

Thompson, a senior, said he never thought about this year’s Pac-12 tournament being his last, and added that it’s strange how quickly the years have passed by and that he’ll only focus on putting up good numbers at the meet.

Chitwood echoed the sentiment.

“It is sort of surreal,” Chitwood said. “I’m really not trying to think about that though.”

Arizona will take the pool today at 6 p.m., competing in the 200-meter medley relay and the 800-meter freestyle relay.

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