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March 9, 2009

Despite Record-Setting Year, Jones Doesn't Get NCAA Invite

Despite establishing four new Pacific Lutheran swimming records this season, sophomore Jay Jones (Vancouver, Wash. / Mt. View HS) did not receive an invitation to compete in the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships scheduled for March 18-21 in Minneapolis, Minn.

Jones recorded school records and national meet provisional qualifying times in winning the 200 butterfly, 200 individual medley and 400 individual medley at the Northwest Conference Championships in February. None of those marks were good enough, however, to get him into the national meet. In fact, he was closest in the 200 individual medley, but was still more than 1.2 seconds slower than the required time.

Nonetheless, Jones is now the school record holder in the following events: 100 butterfly (51.38); 200 butterfly (1:54.38); 200 individual medley (1:55.01); and 400 individual medley (4:07.74). Jones became the first PLU swimmer to win three events at a conference meet since Marc LeMaster took the 50, 100 and 200 freestyles at the 1990 championships, and also became the first-ever PLU swimmer, either male or female, to win an Outstanding Swimmer award at the conference meet.

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