Men's Swimming & Diving

    Mar. 6, 1997

    Arizona Leads Pac-10s After Day One

    LONG BEACH, Calif. -- After Thursday's first day of competition, Arizona is in first place with 301 points at Pacific-10 Conference Men's Swimming Championships at Belmont Plaza. The point total includes the results of the 1 M and 3 M diving events conducted last weekend at Federal Way, Washington.

    Arizona is followed by Stanford, winner of the last 15 Pac-10 championships, with 282 points, while USC finished third with 270 points, followed by ASU (242), Cal (128) and Washington (45).

    Francisco Sanchez of ASU set a Pac-10 50-yard freestyle time in the opening leg of the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 19.80, breaking the previous record shared by UCLA's Robin Leamy (1982) and Brian Kurza (1990). Sanchez also won the individual 50-yard freestyle with a time of 19.98. At Thursday night's competition, no school won more than one individual event, as Bola Szabados of USC won the 500-yard freestyle, Tom Wilkens of Stanford won the 200-yard individual medley (1:46.99). Stanford (Muhammad, Wilkens, Pierce, Claypool) won the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:14.07. ASU (Sanchez, Delgado, Hutchison, Mullen) won the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:18.75. At last week's competition, Tim Allport of USC finished first in the 1 M diving competition with a score of 477.35, while Jimmy Sjodin of Arizona won the 3 M with a score of 570.95.

    The meet continues Friday morning with preliminary events at 11 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. and concludes on Saturday.