Colupaev Takes 2nd In NCAA 200y Free
March 23, 2012
Sophomore Dimitri Colupaev broke USC's school record in the 200y free en route to a second-place finish to lead No. 5 USC in the second night 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 are in eighth with 119 points. Cal is in first (379.5) with Texas second (343.5) and Arizona third (283).
Colupaev, sixth in the 200y free last year, took it out fast in his quest for his first NCAA crown and led at the 50, 100 and 150 marks. Texas junior Daxon Hill closed to within 0.02 at the 175 mark and overtook Colupaev over the final 25 for the win, 1:32.51 to 1:32.91.
Colupaev's time erased Clement Lefert's mark of 1:33.12 set at the NCAAs last year when he led off the 800y free relay.
In the `B' final, freshman Cristian Quintero flexed his back-half strength, coming back from fourth at the midway point to win the race in 1:34.27. His final 25 of 11.36 was fastest of the evening. Quintero, second in the 500y free Thursday, will race in the 1650y free timed final on Saturday.
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. Sophomore Jack Wagner was 24th in the race in a season-best 1:36.23 while sophomore Vladimir Morozov was 25th (1:36.25).
USC's 800y free relay of Colupaev, Bobrosky, Wagner and Quintero was in position for a top 4 finish, but the Trojans were disqualified on a lane line infraction.
USC's 200y medley relay of junior Nick Karpov, Colupaev, sophomore Chase Bloch and Morozov finished second in the `B' final and 10th overall in 1:26.33. The unit of Karpov, Colupaev, Bloch and Daniels finished in 1:26.59 in prelims.
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 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).
The championships conclude Saturday.
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.