Tuesday, March 30, 2004
OU swimmers compete at NCAA championship
Oakland University swimming sensation Chris Sullivan (Rockford, Mich.) and freshman Hunor Ma’te’ (Hungary) competed in the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship in Long Island, N.Y., March 25-27.
Both Sullivan and Ma’te’ swam good races, however, neither placed in the top 16 to make it to the finals in any event.
Sullivan entered the championships ranked 20th in the country in the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 19.88. He proved that he was one of the nation’s best by finishing 19th out of 52 with a time of 22.20. The NCAA championship time appears to be slower as a result of the championships being swum in meters as opposed to yards because of it being an Olympic year.
Sullivan also managed to finish in the top half of the 100-meter freestyle by placing 28th out of 59 competitors with a time of 49.35. He missed the final cut by only .72 seconds. He also finished 33rd out of 36 in the 100-meter fly with a time of 54.66.
Ma’te’ participated in the championship meet for the first time after being invited in the 100-meter breast. He finished the race in 1:02.78 to place 37 in a field of 38.
For more information on OU’s swimming and diving teams, visit the OU Athletics Web site.