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Big 12 Menís Swimmers, Divers Open NCAA Competition
March 22, 2012
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A total of 29 student-athletes will represent three Big 12 schools at the 2012 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships, which begin Thursday and run through Saturday at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

The Texas men have the largest contingent with 17 athletes scheduled to make an NCAA appearance. The Big 12 champion Longhorns have 15 swimmers and two divers qualified for the three-day event. Texas A&M will send a group of eight swimmers and two divers to the NCAA meet, while Missouri will be represented by one swimmer and one diver.

For Texas, senior Jimmy Feigen qualified in six events, the most for the Longhorns. He is a 17-time All-American and will swim in the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle relay, 200 medley relay, 400 freestyle relay and 400 medley relay. There are four swimmers among UT’s NCAA qualifying group that have a national title to their name, while as a team the Longhorns will look to bring an 11th national championship to the program.

For Texas A&M, senior Boris Loncaric is set to race in four events. He will compete in the 100-yard butterfly, the 200 and 400-yard medley relay and the 800-yard freestyle relay races. The Aggies have finished in the top 25 at the NCAA Championships for a school record 16 straight seasons, but have finished in the top 10 just twice in program history.

For Missouri, Eegan Groome will swim in the 500- yard freestyle event, while David Bonuchi, the Big 12 champion in the 3-meter event, will represent MU on the diving board at the Championships.

In its history, the Big 12 has had 49 individual event NCAA champions and four team title winners with the last coming in 2010 as Texas claimed the NCAA crown with 500 points.

Friday and Saturday’s action will be streamed live on ESPN3.com at 9 p.m., while a show covering the entire envet will be broadcast on ESPNU on Sunday, April 1 at 11:30 a.m.


BIG 12 MEN”S SWIMMING & DIVING NCAA PARTICIPANTS
Divers
David Bonuchi, Missouri
Matt Cooper, Texas
Drew Livingston, Texas
Grant Nel, Texas A&M
Hayden Jones, Texas A&M

Swimmers
Eegan Groome, Missouri
Neil Caskey, Texas
James Cooper, Texas
Cole Cragin, Texas
Kevin Darmody, Texas
Nick D’Innocenzo, Texas
James Feigen, Texas
Eric Friedland, Texas
Daxon Hill, Texas
Michael McBroom, Texas
Kyle McNeilis, Texas
Charles Moore, Texas
Jacob Ritter, Texas
Austin Surhoff, Texas
Jackson Wilcox, Texas
Clay Youngquist, Texas
John Ariens, Texas A&M
John Dalton, Texas A&M
Amini Fonua, Texas A&M
Boris Loncaric, Texas A&M
Paul-Marc Schweitzer, Texas A&M
Luke Shaw, Texas A&M
Kyle Troskot, Texas A&M
John Wagner, Texas A&M

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