Men's Swimming & Diving

    Mar. 28, 1997

    USC Swimming in Sixth at NCAA Championships

    MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The USC men's swimming and diving team, led by junior Lenny Krayzelburg's second-place finish in the 100 back, ended the second day of the NCAA Championships in sixth place on Friday at the Minnesota Aquatic Center.

    Auburn remained in first with 349 points, followed by Stanford (238.5), Texas (237), Georgia (193). Tennessee (175.5) and USC (170). USC finished seventh at last year's NCAA Championships.

    Krayzelburg matched his USC school record in the 100 back finals in 46.55, but still finished second to Texas junior Neil Walker (45.25), whose prelim time of 44.92 set an American record.

    USC's only other championship final appearances Friday came in the 800 free relay and the 200 medley relay.

    The Trojans' 800 free relay team (senior Jeff Julian, senior Kent Johnson, junior Josh Hika and sophomore Bela Szabados), which entered the meet with the second-fastest qualifying time, finished sixth in 6:30.29.

    USC's 200 medley relay team of Krayzelburg, sophomore Dave Taylor, senior Brad Francis and sophomore Mike Williams, also took sixth in 1:28.41. That same team, in prelims, set a USC record in the event in 1:27.96.

    The Trojans also placed three swimmers in consolation finals.

    Szabados, the NCAA champion in the 200 free as a freshman last year at Florida Atlantic, missed the championship cut in prelims but came back in the consolation finals to finish second in 1:36.88.

    Williams, a consolation finalist at last year's NCAA Championships, finished eighth (48.72) in this year's consolation finals.

    Freshman Bret Awbrey, in the 400 IM, finished eighth in the consolation finals as well in 3:54.84.

    Other USC competitors on Friday included Taylor in the 100 breast (17th, 55.32), Johnson in the 200 free (18th, 1:37.50), sophomore Mark Kwok in the 400 IM (22nd, 3:55.27), Julian in the 200 free (24th, 1:37.73), Francis in the 100 fly (27th, 48.70), freshman Harvey Beckwith in the 100 breast (36th, 57.00) and senior Greg Dolniak in the 200 free (38th, 1:393.45).

    The NCAA Championships conclude Saturday with prelims at noon and finals at 7 p.m. (CST).