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Piotr Safronczyk and Ben Tuben
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Piotr Safronczyk and Ben Tuben
Safronczyk, Tuben Set for NCAA Championships
Saturday 03/21/2012  -  Duke Sports Information
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DURHAM, N.C. - The Duke men's swimming & diving team will be represented at the NCAA Championships for the third consecutive season, as graduate student Piotr Safronczyk and senior Ben Tuben head to Federal Way, Wash., to compete at this year's championship meet. The 2012 NCAA Div. I Championships, which get underway on Thursday, March 22, will be held at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center.

Preliminaries are slated to begin at 11 a.m. PST (2 p.m. EST) each day, followed by the finals session at 7 p.m. PST (10 p.m. EST). Friday and Saturday's preliminaries and finals sessions will be broadcast live via ESPN3.com.

Safronczyk has qualified to swim the 100 and 200 breaststroke at the NCAA Championships after clocking the 11th-best time in the nation at the 100-yard distance at the Ohio State Last Chance Qualifier (52.99 - school record). The 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference champion in the event, Safronczyk became the first Blue Devil swimmer to claim an individual conference title since Eric Steinhouse did so in 1980. Safronczyk also earned All-ACC honors in the 200 breaststroke, taking second and breaking the program record with a time of 1:57.03 in the finals.

While he will be making his first career appearance at the NCAA Div. I National Championships, Safronczyk is not new to the national stage. In his two years as a member of the men's swimming & diving team at the University of Bridgeport, Safronczyk captured a pair of NCAA Div. II national championships in the 100 breaststroke and helped Bridgeport's 200 medley and 200 free relay teams earn national titles.

Tuben will be making his first career appearance at the NCAA Championships, and will compete in the 100 butterfly and 50 freestyle events. The Fairfax, Va., native notched the 13th-best time in the nation in the 100 butterfly at Ohio State, as his time of 46.69 was good for a new school record and an NCAA provisional standard. Tuben took fifth overall in the conference at last month's ACC Championships, posting a time of 47.38. He also recorded a personal-best time of 20.28 in the prelims of the 50 freestyle at the ACC Championships.

The top eight finishers in each event at the NCAA Championships will earn All-America First Team honors, while places nine through 16 will garner honorable mention All-America accolades.

For more information about the 2012 NCAA Div. I Men's Swimming & Diving Championships, visit http://www.ncaa.com/championships/swimming-men/d1.


2012 NCAA Div. I Men's Swimming & Diving Championships - Schedule of Events:

Thursday, March 22
Trials - 2 p.m. EST
1. 200-yard Freestyle Relay|
10-minute intermission starting immediately at the conclusion of the relay
2. 500-yard Freestyle
3. 200-yard Individual Medley
4. 50-yard Freestyle
20-minute intermission
6. 400-yard Medley Relay
5. One-meter Diving - Trials*

Finals - 10 p.m. EST
1. 200-yard Freestyle Relay
2. 500-yard Freestyle
3. 200-yard Individual Medley
4. 50-yard Freestyle
5. One-meter Diving - Finals*
6. 400-yard Medley Relay

Friday, March 23
Trials - 2 p.m. EST
7. 200-yard Medley Relay
10-minute intermission starting immediately at the conclusion of the relay
8. 400-yard Individual Medley
9. 100-yard Butterfly
10. 200-yard Freestyle
11. 100-yard Breaststroke
12. 100-yard Backstroke
20-minute intermission
14. 800-yard Freestyle Relay - All but last three heats of time finals
13. Three-meter Diving - Trials*

Finals - 10 p.m. EST
7. 200-yard Medley Relay
8. 400-yard Individual Medley
9. 100-yard Butterfly
10. 200-yard Freestyle
11. 100-yard Breaststroke
12. 100-yard Backstroke
13. Three-meter Diving - Finals*
14. 800-yard Freestyle Relay - Last three heats of time finals

Saturday, March 24
Trials - 2 p.m. EST
16. 200-yard Backstroke
17. 100-yard Freestyle
18. 200-yard Breaststroke
19. 200-yard Butterfly
20-minute intermission
21. 400-yard Freestyle Relay
20. Platform Diving - Trials*
15. 1,650-yard Freestyle - All but last heat of time finals

Finals - 10 p.m. EST
15. 1,650-yard Freestyle - Last heat of time finals
16. 200-yard Backstroke
17. 100-yard Freestyle
18. 200-yard Breaststroke
19. 200-yard Butterfly
20. Platform Diving - Finals*
21. 400-yard Freestyle Relay

[Note 1: A consolation final immediately shall precede the championship final for each event except the 1,650-yard freestyle and diving events. Eight lanes will be used in all swimming events.]
[Note 2: The 1,650-yard freestyle event will begin at approximately 4:45 p.m., with the last heat of the preliminaries to end at approximately 6 p.m.]
[Note 3: Preliminaries for both men and women will begin at 11 a.m. Finals for both men and women will start at 7 p.m.]
[Note 4: Awards ceremonies will be held immediately after the championship final of that given event.]
[*Note 5: For a detailed schedule of diving, refer to Rule 6-2-2.]

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