Colupaev Earns Spot In NCAA 200 Free Final|
March 23, 2012
Sophomore Dimitri Colupaev finished third in the 200y free morning heats to qualify for his second consecutive NCAA final in the event, leading No. 5 USC in the second day of prelims at the 2012 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships on Friday (March 23) at the Weyerhauser Aquatics Center in Federal Way, Wash.
The Trojans will enter tonight's final session, which begins at 7 p.m. PT, in seventh.
Colupaev, sixth in the 200y free last year, posted a 1:34.12 to earn the finals berth. Freshman Cristian Quintero, who took second in the 500y free Thursday, also earned a second swim in the 200y free after finishing 10th in prelims in 1:35.07, which makes him the 10th-fastest Trojan ever in the race.
Freshman Chad Bobrosky just missed joining Quintero in the `B' final, finishing 17th in prelims in 1:35.47, a season-best effort but 0.04 out of the 16th and final spot.
Junior Nick Karpov just missed a spot in the `B' final of the 100y back, finishing 18th in 49.10, 0.02 out of 16th. Junior Alex Lendrum was 23rd in the race (47.59) and sophomore Chase Bloch was 28th (48.10).
In other prelim action, freshman Sergio Lujan Rivera was 29th in the 100y breast (55.04) and Bloch was 31st in the 100y fly (47.56).
USC's 200y medley relay qualified for the `B' final with a 10th-place finish in prelims. The unit of Karpov, Colupaev, Bloch and Daniels finished in 1:26.59.
The Trojans will be the fifth seed in tonight's timed final of the 800y free relay, which will be the final race of the night.
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.