Schneider Falls To Cullen Jones In Swim Off|
May 13, 2011
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Former University of Cincinnati swimmer Josh Schneider was narrowly edged by Cullen Jones in a head-to-head swim off to claim the final roster spot on the U.S. team for the 2011 FINA World Championships.
Jones finished in a time of 22.24, just four-hundredths before Schneider touched in 22.28. The match race was part of the opening day of action at the 27th Annual Charlotte UltraSwim taking place May 12-15 at Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center in Charlotte, N.C.
Schneider told the New York Times he was disappointed. "I knew what it would take to win. We both did. I don't think either one of us went the time we wanted, but it was a good race. Just got to get back to work.
"He is a gold medalist for a reason. It's hard to topple a giant like that."
Jones and Schneider tied for second place in the 50m free at the 2010 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships in August. Nathan Adrian won the race while Jones and Schneider both finished in 21.97. With Adrian holding one of two spots on the U.S. roster in the 50m free, the two-man race was needed to determine the other swimmer who would represent the U.S.
Schneider, the current American record holder in the 50-meter short course event (20.88), will also compete at the Grand Prix meet in Charlotte, taking part in the 50-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly, and 100-meter freestyle.
Schneider, the 2010 NCAA Champion in the 50-yard freestyle, is training for the 2012 Olympics in London. He closed out his career at UC as a five-time all-America selection, seven-time BIG EAST Conference Champion, two-time BIG EAST Swimmer of the Year, and the holder of five school records (50 free, 100 free, 200 free, 50 fly, and 100 fly).
In his time at UC, Schneider set 22 school-record times and was undefeated in the 50 freestyle during the 2009-10 season.
Schneider will compete in the 50m free at the 2011 World University Games, which will be held in Shenzhen, China, August 14-19.
The Charlotte Grand Prix will continue on Friday with a live webcast of both prelims and finals available at www.usaswimming.org/charlottegrandprix. The complete competition schedule for the meet can be found online. Prelims start at 9 a.m. ET and finals will begin at 6:00 p.m. ET.