Morozov, Quintero Earn Finals Bids To Open NCAAs|
March 22, 2012
Sophomore Vladimir Morozov (50y free) and freshman Cristian Quintero (500y free) each qualified for finals, as did the Troy's 200y free relay, as No. 5 USC opened the first day of prelims at the 2012 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships on Thursday (March 22) at the Weyerhauser Aquatics Center in Federal Way, Wash.
Morozov and Quintero both finished fourth in their respective prelims while the 200y free relay was sixth.
Morozov, sixth in the 50y free last year, swam a 19.35 in the last of 10 heats to earn his spot in the `A' final. Texas senior James Feigen was the top seed at 19.03. The second through eighth seeds finished between 19.30 and 19.41. USC senior Jeff Daniels was 30th (19.83), 0.01 off his season best.
Quintero posted a season-best 4:14.89 in the 500y free to qualify for his first NCAA `A' final, the time making him the seventh-fastest Trojan ever in the race. Swimming in the final heat, he used the fastest final 50 in the field (24.07) to secure his spot in the final.
Freshman Chad Bobrosky also earned a second swim in the race, his 4:17.26 good enough for the `B' final. A season-best effort, it made him the 11th-fastest Trojan in the race.
Junior Alex Lendrum made a big leap in the 200y IM, qualifying for the `B' final of the 200y IM for the first time by snaring the 16th spot in prelims in 1:45.09. He was 39th in the race last season. Sophomore Dimitri Colupaev was 22nd (1:45.54) while sophomore Jack Wagner was 35th (1:47.17).
The Trojans opened the competition with Morozov, Colupaev, Wagner and Daniels going 1:17.65 in the 200y free relay to earn a championship final swim. The time was just off USC's season best (1:17.58). Daniels' anchor split of 18.98 was tops of all `A' finalists and helped the Trojans nab the finals' berth.
USC finished 10th in the 400y medley relay prelims, the quartet of Lendrum, freshman Sergio Lujan Rivera, sophomore Chase Bloch and Morozov going 3:08.74. They were 0.29 out of eighth.
Finals begin at 7 p.m.
NCAA Championships information
Prelims begin each day at 11 a.m. with finals at 7 p.m. Click here for the NCAA's championship home page and click here for real time results.
Host school Seattle University will stream live each prelim session and Thursday's final. Click here for information. There is also scheduled live streaming coverage on ESPN3 for the finals on Friday and Saturday and a taped recap at 9:30 a.m. on April 1 on ESPNU.