Trojans Finish Seventh At NCAAs
March 24, 2012
Sophomore Vladimir Morozov finished a career-best third in the 100y free and led USC's 400y free relay to fourth while junior Alex Lendrum was a finalist in the 200y back on the final night of the 2012 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday (March 24) at the Weyerhauser Aquatics Center in Federal Way, Wash.
The Trojans finished seventh for the second year in a row with 192 points. Cal defended its NCAA title with 535. 5 points and was followed in the top 10 by Texas (491), Stanford (396), Arizona (396), Michigan (271), Auburn (254.5), USC, Florida (157), Louisville (156) and Indiana (140).
Morozov, seeking USC's first NCAA title in the 100y free since Joe Bottom in 1974, led all morning qualifiers with a 42.13 in prelims. In finals, he finished third in 42.44 behind Texas senior James Feigen (41.95) and Auburn sophomore Marcelo Chierighini (42.34)
Sophomore Dimitri Colupaev, second in the 200y free Friday, earned a second swim in the 100y free with a 43.10 in prelims. In the `B' final, he was 12th (43.17). Sophomore Jack Wagner was 37th in the race (44.01, PR).
Lendrum earned USC's first All-American honor in the 200y back since 2000 with a sixth-place finish in 1:42.29. He earned the finals berth by qualifying fifth in prelims with a 1:42.06. Junior Nick Karpov also raced in the 200y back, taking 24th (1:44.09) while sophomore Chase Bloch was 29th (1:45.60).
Freshman Cristian Quintero, second in the 500y free and winner of the `B' final of the 200y free, finished ninth in the timed final of the 1650y free in 14:45.78, 2.05 seconds out of the top 8. The time made him the fourth-fastest Trojan ever in the race.
USC closed the meet with a fourth in the 400y free as Morozov, Colupaev, Daniels and Quintero went 2:50.56. Texas won the race in 2:49.83. "We came up short of our goals for a top five finish this year, but we turned in some strong swims by underclassmen," USC sixth-year coach Dave Salo said. "We can only get stronger next year with a strong freshman class and strong leadership from an accomplished upper class.
"We discovered a great racer in Cristian Quintero with a range from 50 to 1650. Top efforts by Vladimir Morozov and Dima Colupaev kept us in the ballgame. We will now turn our attention to preparations for the Olympic Games then plan our strategy for next year."
ESPNU will air a taped recap at 9:30 a.m. on April 1 on ESPNU.
2012 USC All-Americans