UA sends swimmers to NCAA

Arizona Daily Wildcat

The Arizona men's swimming and diving team sends a record number of qualifiers to the NCAA Championships, which runs today through Friday in Indianapolis.

The Wildcats qualified 12 swimmers and two divers for the championships.

Most eyes will be set squarely on Chad Carvin, the Arizona junior who set NCAA and American records at last year's NCAA Championships in the 500- and 1,650-yard freestyles. He will be back to defend both titles as well as swim in the 400-yard individual medley.

At last year's NCAAs, Carvin was named swimmer of the meet for his performance.

The last time Arizona competed in Indianapolis, at the 1993 NCAA Championships, the team claimed its highest finish in school history, garnering 263 points for fourth place.

The Wildcats hope to improve on last year's 13th-place finish, the only time in the last four years that the men finished out of the top 10 in the championships.

Other multiple qualifiers for Arizona include Robert Abernethy in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle and the 100-yard breaststroke, Adam Grodzki in the 200-, 500- and 1,650-yard freestyles and Jason Hodder in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke.

This year marks the first time Arizona sends two divers to the NCAAs. Both Andre Sabbath and Brian Spears qualified for the one-meter and three-meter dives, while Spears also qualified for the platform dive.

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