Swimmer, diver earn All-American honors at NCAA Championships


    By Scott Creer

    BYU swimmer Arunas Savickas captured All-American honors for a record-setting fourth consecutive year and diver Aaron Russell earned his second All-American citation on Friday at the 2001 NCAA Championships.

    Savickas took 14th place in the 200-freestyle to become the only male swimmer in BYU history to be an All-American each of his four years as a Cougar.

    “I”m excited for Arunas that he was able to be an All-American in each of the four years he was at BYU,” men”s swimming coach Tim Powers said.

    Savickas also competed in the 100-freestyle, where he finished 46th and failed to advance to the finals. He was unable to compete in the 500-freestyle due to a tooth infection.

    Only a sophomore, Russell earned his second straight All-American honor in the one-meter springboard competition. He placed 13th in the event, improving one spot from his performance at the 2000 NCAA Championships.

    Russell also competed in the three-meter springboard and the platform events, placing 21st and 25th, respectively.

    Savickas and Russell were BYU”s only representatives at this year”s NCAA Championships in College Station, Texas.

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