So I’m wondering how in the world I can explain the awesomeness that was the University of Arizona’s performance at tonight’s Day 1 Finals. Let’s put it this way: every NCAA swim is recorded during each meet, and it only takes about 5 seconds after the touch pad is activated at the end of a race for the announcer to see where each swim ranks against every other NCAA swim for the entire year. Tonight’s finals included 4 individual events for men, and 4 for women: 100 Fly, 200 IM, 500 Free, and 50 free.
Of the 8 individual events, 5 were won with the fastest times swam in the country this year:
Alyssa Anderson (AZ) — 4:37.94 500 free
Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or (AZ) 100 fly
Cory Chitwood (AZ) –1:43.47 200 IM
Margo Geer (AZ) — 22.16 50 free
Adam Small (AZ) –19.32 50 free
Of the other 3 events, 2/3 were won by AZ swimmers who both swam the 3rd fastest NCAA times for the year. Oh, and let’s not forget the relays. Both men’s relays qualified for automatic bids to the NCAAs with their stellar wins.
Seriously?!? That’s some mighty fine swimming. I’m completely in awe.
And this team’s roster is deep. Seriously deep. For every win, there were 2-3 more top 8 AZ swimmers in each event. It was pretty much non-stop awesomeness.
I took a big bunch of pictures tonight. The only problem is, I can’t tell who is who yet. I can introduce you to Cory Chitwood, who swam the 200 IM like butter (notice how helpful he is by wearing a cap with his name on it):
He made each stroke look easy.
I can also introduce you to Margo Geer, who is definitely hard forget. A 22.16 is pretty memorable:
**On a side note, I’ve pretty much decided that “Reid Walker” has got to be the best University of Texas athlete name since “Colt McCoy.” I mean, seriously? “Reid Walker?” That just screams UT Swimmer–I love it!
Alright, then. More tomorrow.