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Lentz Qualifies for NCAA Championship Meet


Lentz Qualifies for NCAA Championship Meet



Former Casa Grande standout swimmer, Ian Lentz, began his senior year at University of California Berkeley with a goal of making the NCAAs.  Last weekend at the Pac-10 championships in Long Beach, Lentz, surpassed his own expectations by qualifying for the NCAA’s in three events.


Lentz, who has now a 6-2, 184 pound senior psychology major, began his last year swimming for the Golden Bears with a best time on 1:48.65 in the 200 yard individual medley.  The Pac-10 has long been acknowledged as the strongest division in the NCAAs, and Lentz, swimming without a taper turned in an amazing 1:45.45 to place sixth in the finals for the eight lap race. 


After resting through only four events, Lentz added to his laurels by again qualifying for the NCAA’s with a consolation swim in the 100 fly with a time of 47.47 to finish in the eleventh position.  In day 2 of the three day championship meet, Lentz better his position by placing tenth in the 200-yard butterfly.  His time of 1:46.13 bettered his best time in 2008 by a second and half and also qualified the versatile swimmer to compete in the NCAA’s.


Lentz helped Cal place second to Stanford in the Pac-10’s.  Lentz who plans to attend grad school possibly as a medical student, was named to the 2008 Pac-10 All-Academic First Team.  While at Casa Grande, Lentz earned All-American status for three years and was the NCS champion in two individual events his senior year.


The NCAA’s will be held on March 26-28 at College Station, Texas.  Cal placed fourth  in the NCAA’s last year.