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NCAA Div. I Men: Dusing Stars as Texas Takes A Big Lead at Big 12 Champs -- March 2, 2001

AUSTIN, TX., March 1. THE 'HORNS are hotter than the Shaq-Kobe feud!

Bidding for an unprecedented 22nd-straight conference championship (they have 17 Southwest and 4 Big 12s), Coach Eddie Reese's thundering Longhorns -- defending NCAA Division I champs and ranked No. 1 nationally since the fall of 1999 -- stomped the field en route 219-point lead over runner-up Texas A&M in the opening day of the Big 12 Championships here today.

Texas splashed to a 441-223 lead over Coach Mel Nash's A&M Aggies, with Nebraska third (171), followed by Missouri (157), Iowa State (153) and Kansas (80).

Led by seniors Nate Dusing and Scott Goldblatt, who became only the fourth and fifth Longhorns ever to win the same event four years running at the conference championship, Texas swept to victories in every event--including nation-leading times in the 200 IM (Dusing, 1:44.31) and 400 medley relay (3:07.69).

The 'Horns started off the night's proceedings at the Texas Swimming Center, site of the U.S. World Championship Trials meet the last week of this month, by racing to a 1:18.27-1:18.77 200 free relay win over Iowa State. Texas' time was just off its meet 1:17.94 from the '99 Championships and makes the NCAA "A" cut.

Then Goldblatt won his fourth-consecutive 500 free title in 4:19.76, a seasonal-best. Runner-up was Olympic teammate Jamie Rauch (4:21.42) with the 'Horns Tim Mullin (4:23.15) and Chris Kemp (4:25.01) third and fourth. These latter two made the NCAA "B" cut in the prelims (4:21.64/4:21.15) and Rauch's time also is under the consideration standard.

Dusing's 1:44.31 IM clocking is not only No. 1 nationally, surpassing Florida's Duncan Sherrard's 1:45.38 from last week's SECs in Tuscaloosa, but is a pr by more than a second. His old personal record was a 1:45.50 from last year's Big 12s, and the time also breaks the Longhorn and Big 12-SWC record of 1:45.46 by Jon Jennings from the 1994 NCAAs in Minneapolis.

Teammate Tommy Hannan went the second-fastest time nationally with his runner-up 1:44.50 (a drop of nearly two and-a-half seconds from his old pr of 1:46.98 from last year's Big 12s), and third was Longhorn Joey Montague (1:47.03).

The 50 free went to freshman Ian Crocker (pr 19.70), who at last year's Olympics set an American record in the 100 fly while becoming the first swimmer from Maine to make an Olympic team, let alone set an American record. Runner-up was teammate Leffie Crawford (19.82 after a pr 19.66 in the prelims). Longhorn Matt Ulrickson (20.08) was third and he went a 19.93 pr in the prelims.

The medley relay was a scorcher from the starting gun, with Dusing leading off in a sizzling 46.58, No.2 nationally to Tennessee's Michael Gilliam's 46.43 from SECs. Primarily a butterflyer until this season, Dusing's previous pr in the 100 back was a 47.87 from last December's Longhorn Invitational. The Texas school- and American-record in the 100 back is 44.92 by Neil Walker from the '97 NCAAs (prelim relay leadoff). That night Walker went 45.07, No. 2 performance all-time.

The 'Horns' Brendan Hansen, only a freshman, split an excellent 52.83 for the breastsroke leg, and then Hannan lit up the water with his 45.77 fly leg. On the anchor Crocker ripped off a 42.41 leg and the final time of 3:07.69 broke the old meet standard of 3:11.11 by a healthy margin.

Men 200 Yard Freestyle Relay
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Meet: 1:17.94 3/1999 Texas A&M
1:18.77 AUTO
1:21.13 CONS
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1 Texas 1:19.83 1:18.27 AUTO 40
2. Iowa State 1:21.00 1:18.77 AUTO 34
3. Texas A&M 1:19.05 1:19.40 CONS 32
4. Nebraska 1:22.44 1:21.51 30
5. Missouri 1:22.70 1:22.22 28
6. Kansas 1:26.05 1:24.11 26

Event 2
Men 500 Yard Freestyle=============================================================================== Meet: ! 4:18.58 3/1999 Scott Goldblatt 4:20.75 AUTO 4:28.57 CONS Name Year School Prelims Finals Points ===============================================================================
Final
1 Goldblatt, Scott Texas 4:24.84 4:19.76 AUTO 20
2 Rauch, Jamie Texas 4:21.74 4:21.42 CONS 17
3 Pullin, Jim Texas 4:21.64 4:23.15 CONS 16
4 Kemp, Chris Texas 4:21.15 4:25.01 CONS 15
5 Nogar, Josh Iowa State 4:26.94 4:26.77 CONS 14
6 Halika, Michael Texas 4:29.20 4:27.25 CONS 13
7 Dideum, Patrick Texas A&M 4:31.60 4:30.21 12
8 Menghini, Brent Nebraska 4:30.58 4:32.88 11

Consolation Final
9 Burgard, Joe Nebraska 4:31.92 4:30.82 9
10 Reyes, Jon Kansas 4:31.76 4:32.11 7
11 Durley, Stephen Missouri 4:36.49 4:33.09 6
12 Hansen, Scott Texas A&M 4:32.90 4:33.75 5
13 Soria, Brian Kansas 4:36.11 4:35.49 4
14 Petric, Steve Iowa State 4:35.65 4:36.49 3
15 Pedersen, Dane Missouri 4:33.55 4:38.80 2
16 Fry, Peter Nebraska 4:36.20 4:40.51 1

C - Final
17 Natenberg, Dave Texas B 4:33.44 4:30.76
18 Norman, Patrick Kansas 4:37.82 4:37.78
19 Knippenberg, Brady Missouri 4:41.25 4:40.86
20 Tognetti, Congo Nebraska 4:41.44 4:47.45
21 Herrick, James Missouri 4:49.89 4:49.90
22 Shary, Michael Texas A&M B 4:51.81 4:51.32
23 Legler, Ben Kansas B 4:48.85 4:52.94
24 Brandon, Barrett Nebraska B 4:53.20 4:55.35


Event 3
Men 200 Yard IM
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Meet: ! 1:45.50 3/2000 Nate Dusing
1:47.16 AUTO
1:50.37 CONS
Name Year School Prelims Finals Points ===============================================================================
Final
1 Dusing, Nate Texas 1:47.36 1:44.31!AUTO 20 9.77 21.94 35.30 47.76 1:03.35 1:19.45 1:32.39 1:44.31
2 Hannan, Tom Texas 1:46.93 1:44.50!AUTO 17 10.19 22.37 35.74 48.40 1:03.58 1:19.48 1:32.41 1:44.50
3 Montague, Joe Texas 1:48.87 1:47.03 AUTO 16
10.55 23.21 36.95 50.29 1:06.01 1:21.98 1:34.94 1:47.03
4 Ferrarelli, Matt Missouri 1:49.80 1:47.45 CONS 15 11.13 23.94 38.01 50.99 1:06.49 1:22.12 1:35.38 1:47.45
5 Schneider, Tsim Texas 1:49.04 1:48.47 CONS 14 10.64 22.95 36.99 50.51 1:06.33 1:23.20 1:36.37 1:48.47
6 Sanders, Kyle Texas 1:49.69 1:49.13 CONS 13 10.57 23.36 37.78 51.44 1:06.82 1:22.54 1:36.57 1:49.13
7 Botello, Javier Nebraska 1:49.85 1:49.28 CONS 12 10.56 23.07 37.66 50.79 1:07.58 1:23.81 1:37.41 1:49.28
8 Binkley, Ross Texas 1:49.27 1:49.59 CONS 11 10.93 24.07 38.61 52.36 1:07.98 1:23.50 1:37.03 1:49.59

Consolation Final
9 Hansen, Brendan Texas 1:50.11 1:48.90 CONS 9 10.84 23.91 38.55 52.28 1:06.79 1:21.93 1:35.79 1:48.90
10 Mueller, Scott Texas A&M 1:50.37 1:50.13 CONS 7 10.98 24.03 38.55 52.40 1:07.96 1:24.00 1:37.58 1:50.13
11 Short, Liam Iowa State 1:50.87 1:50.33 CONS 6 10.50 23.54 37.84 51.68 1:07.37 1:23.61 1:37.48 1:50.33
12 Cervenka, Mike Missouri 1:51.69 1:51.05 5 10.93 23.91 38.70 52.61 1:09.20 1:25.54 1:38.79 1:51.05
13 McGinty, Rob Iowa State 1:53.12 1:51.28 4 11.38 24.66 39.58 53.47 1:09.47 1:25.37 1:38.78 1:51.28
14 Hill, Josh Texas A&M 1:51.99 1:51.47 3 11.12 23.98 38.04 51.40 1:08.32 1:25.26 1:38.86 1:51.47
15 McLauchlan, Aaron Nebraska 1:52.60 1:53.58 2 11.11 24.36 38.96 53.06 1:09.74 1:26.96 1:40.74 1:53.58
16 Brush, Raymond Nebraska 1:52.47 1:57.62 1 10.93 24.70 39.88 54.44 1:11.15 1:28.53 1:43.83 1:57.62

C - Final
17 Fike, James Texas B 1:52.45 1:51.15 10.72 23.46 37.93 51.86 1:07.61 1:23.79 1:38.18 1:51.15
18 Rigali, Mike Iowa State 1:55.19 1:54.10 11.31 24.25 38.82 53.07 1:08.93 1:25.52 1:40.44 1:54.10
19 McKnight, Dustin Nebraska 1:55.13 1:56.44 11.52 25.06 39.76 54.17 1:10.95 1:28.58 1:43.16 1:56.44
20 Darmitzel, Stephen Missouri 1:56.50 1:56.59 11.89 25.57 40.83 55.98 1:11.92 1:28.77 1:43.37 1:56.59
21 Brown, Brian Kansas 1:55.22 1:56.90 12.00 25.54 40.08 53.99 1:11.84 1:28.98 1:43.69 1:56.90
22 Shapley, Adam Missouri 1:57.81 2:00.03 12.01 25.84 41.94 57.63 1:15.04 1:32.06 1:46.74 2:00.03
23 Howard, Jeremy Kansas 2:00.04 2:00.35 12.07 26.25 42.18 57.09 1:13.88 1:30.69 1:46.15 2:00.35
24 Hanson, Matt Kansas 1:57.49 2:07.77 11.10 24.32 42.26 59.29 1:17.73 1:36.39 1:52.89 2:07.77


Event 4
Men 50 Yard Freestyle ===============================================================================
Meet: ! 19.59 2/1998 Neil Walker
19.74 AUTO
20.33 CONS
Name Year School Prelims Finals Points ===============================================================================
Final
1 Crocker, Ian Texas 19.93 19.70 AUTO 20 9.59 19.70 2 Crawford, Leffie Texas 19.66 19.82 CONS 17 9.57 19.82 3 Ulrickson, Matt Texas 19.93 20.08 CONS 15.5 9.67 20.08 3 Diers, Tony Texas 20.02 20.08 CONS 15.5 9.79 20.08 5 DeBruin, Dylan Iowa State 19.81 20.11 CONS 14 9.73 20.11 6 Colligan, Michael Texas A&M 20.08 20.17 CONS 13 9.79 20.17 7 Rose, Matt Texas A&M 20.06 20.23 CONS 12 9.81 20.23 8 Gahan, Jeff Iowa State 20.17 20.39 11 9.79 20.39

Consolation Final
9 Newton, Jono Iowa State 20.30 20.18 CONS 8 9.86 20.18 9 Skoog, Peder Iowa State 20.21 20.18 CONS 8 9.72 20.18 11 Morrow, David Texas A&M 20.18 20.22 CONS 6 9.78 20.22 12 Suchand, John Texas 20.37 20.28 CONS 5 9.90 20.28 13 Lo, Aaron Missouri 20.32 20.36 4 9.85 20.36 14 Janes, Riley Texas A&M 20.47 20.48 3 9.98 20.48 15 Mathias, Justin Nebraska 20.72 20.62 2 9.97 20.62 16 Mansour, Alfred Texas A&M 20.60 20.71 1 10.06 20.71

C - Final
17 Bogart, Robert Texas B 20.09 20.04 CONS 9.71 20.04 18 Foley, Sean Texas B 20.12 20.27 CONS 9.84 20.27 19 Ciccarelli, Ryan Texas B 20.08 20.36 9.86 20.36 20 Tate, Nik Texas A&M 21.05 20.88 10.20 20.88 21 Kehlenbach, Keven Texas A&M 20.95 20.91 10.25 20.91 22 Schultz, Scott Nebraska 20.88 21.02 10.25 21.02 23 Belanger, Tyler Missouri 21.00 21.06 10.22 21.06 24 Reese, Billy Iowa State B 20.74 21.13 10.24 21.13


Event 6
Men 400 Yard Medley Relay
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Meet: ! 3:11.11 3/1999 Texas
3:12.97 AUTO
3:18.75 CONS

School Seed Finals Points ===============================================================================
1 Texas '' 3:13.22 3:07.69!AUTO 40 1) Dusing, Nate 2) Hansen, Brendan 3) Hannan, Tom 4) Crocker, Ian 22.53 46.58 1:11.02 1:39.41 2:00.66 2:25.28 2:45.30 3:07.69

2 Texas A&M '' 3:14.17 3:15.20 CONS 34 1) Janes, Riley 2) Ruoff, Brett 3) Greene, Michael 4) Morrow, David 23.09 47.94 1:13.85 1:43.99 2:05.69 2:31.79 2:52.32 3:15.20

3 Nebraska '' 3:23.44 3:17.81 CONS 32 1) Campioni, Andreas 2) Oliva, Carlos 3) Rogis, Anthony 4) Botello, Javier 24.38 50.59 1:16.34 1:45.59 2:07.99 2:33.85 2:54.80 3:17.81

4 Missouri '' 3:24.01 3:19.26 30 1) Ferrarelli, Matt 2) Lo, Aaron 3) Miclaus, Radu 4) Belanger, Tyler 24.12 49.69 1:15.31 1:46.07 2:07.74 2:34.05 2:55.27 3:19.26

-- Iowa State 'B' NT X3:23.14 1) Short, Liam 2) Nakama, Aron 3) Lindner, Ansel 4) Olson, B 24.05 49.77 1:16.31 1:47.02 2:09.90 2:36.53 2:58.28 3:23.14 -

- Missouri 'B' NT X3:31.34 1) Tingley, Chris 2) Knudson, Dan 3) Sanders, Kyle 4) Pitzer, Brent 25.46 52.49 1:18.82 1:49.70 2:14.38 2:43.62 3:06.23 3:31.34 -

- Kansas '' 3:29.16 DQ 1) Kelly, Rob 2) Chalfant, Dustin 3) Hanson, Matt 4) Loper, Mitch 24.45 50.79 1:16.86 1:47.09 2:09.94 2:37.25 2:58.21 DQ -- Iowa State '' 3:21.29 DQ 1) Skoog, Peder 2) Christianson, Mike 3) Wilson, Jeremy 4) DeBruin, Dylan 23.57 49.05 1:14.13 1:44.14 2:06.14 2:32.26 2:52.42