Burnett Wins Second American Athletic Conference Individual Title on Day Three of AAC Championship
Feb. 21, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (SMU) - Junior diver Devin Burnett claimed his and SMU's second American Athletic Conference individual title as he placed first (389.45 ) in the 3-meter dive as the SMU men's swimming and diving team competed on the third day of the inaugural American Championships. Burnett won the 1-meter dive on Wednesday with a score of 386.80. The four-day meet is hosted by Louisville in the Ralph Wright Natatorium.
The Mustangs have 503 points and stand second of four teams heading into the final day of competition tomorrow.
"Devin continued to show his championship form and the divers were stellar again," head coach Eddie Sinnott said. "We have counted on this group all year and they really stepped up for us today and did an outstanding job."
Senior captain Nicolai Hansen led the Mustang swimmers as he placed fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 54.34 seconds. In same race, seniors Matthew Napier-Jameson and Julian Fletcher placed seventh (56.16) and eighth (56.19).
In the 100-yard butterfly, freshman Ziga Cerkovnik, senior Tyler Rauth and freshman Tucker Wells placed fifth (47.94), sixth (48.75) and seventh (48.86), respectively while senior Matt Roney placed fourth in the 200-yard freestyle as he clocked a time of 1:37.28. In the 100-yard backstroke, junior Matas Andriekus and senior Ryan Koops finished fifth and sixth with times of 48.43 and 49.01 seconds.
Andriekus, Cerkovnik, Hansen and Roney all posted NCAA `B' standard qualifying times.
"Everyone swam well," Sinnott continued. "We are all looking forward to wrapping up the championship tomorrow and competing at a very high level."
SMU is back in action tomorrow to compete on the fourth and final day of The American Championships on Sat., Feb. 21 with the prelims beginning at 10 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.
Please visit http://theamerican.org/sports/2014/1/16/SD_0116143829.aspx for a complete schedule of tomorrow's events and ways to follow the meet live.
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