800 Free Relay Notches Fourth-Place Finish


FEDERAL WAY, Wash. The Virginia men’s swimming team continued competition on day two of the 2008 NCAA Championships Friday as the 800 freestyle relay team notched a fourth-place finish to earn first team All-America honors. The event is being held at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

The Cavaliers picked up 30 points on day two and currently stand in 14th place with 50 total points. Arizona tops the overall standings with 376 points while Texas (285) is second and Stanford (231) is third.

The team of John Azar, Matt McLean, Scot Robison and Taylor Smith teamed up to claim fourth in the 800 free relay with a time of 6:23.00. Azar is the lone sophomore in the group while McLean, Robison and Smith all are in their rookie seasons for the Orange and Blue. The fourth-place finish earned Virginia 30 points.

McLean also scored individual points for the second consecutive day with a 12th-place performance in the 200 freestyle. McLean earned honorable mention All-America honors in the event after clocking a time of 1:34.64 in the finals. Also in the 200 free, Robison earned a 28th-place finish with a mark of 1:36.48 in the prelims. Azar also finished 36th in the event, clocking 1:36.96.

Earlier in the day, Virginia’s 200 medley relay team placed 17th with a time of 1:28.13. Swimming for the Cavaliers was Bryan Stahl, PJ Sullivan, Lee Robertson and Robison.

In the 100 fly, Robertson racked up a 20th-place finish with a mark of 47.14 while teammate Pat Reams was 29th touching at 47.56. Meanwhile, Sullivan placed 28th in the 100 breast with a time of 54.28 and Bryan Stahl finished 27th in the 100 back, touching at 48.27.

The third and final day of the NCAA Championships is set for Saturday with the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, platform diving and 400 free relay events.