Spinazzola, Quintero, Colupaev Reach NCAA 'A' Finals During Day 2 Prelims|
March 28, 2014
Junior Luca Spinazzola obliterated his day-old school record in the 100y back to capture the second seed in tonight's final while seniors Cristian Quintero and Dimitri Colupaev secured spots in the 200y free final as well on a solid second day of prelims at the 2014 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin, Texas, on Friday (March 28).
Spinazzola first broke his 100y back record during the 400y medley relay prelims Thursday morning with a leadoff 45.68 and then equaled the mark in the final.
However, swimming out of the seventh lane in the final heat of the 100y back prelims today, he took a big bite out of that time, lowering his school record to 45.13, 0.05 off the top seed and just 0.53 off the NCAA record. The `A' final will mark his first NCAA individual scoring effort. He lost a swim-off for the final `B' spot as a 2013 sophomore.
Quintero, a day after winning his first career NCAA title in the 500y free, began pursuit of his second by qualifying for the final of the 200y free in 1:33.32, sixth in prelims. He was fourth in the event last year and won the `B' final in the race in 2012. Louisville senior Joao De Lucca, the defending champion in the race, is the second seed.
Colupaev finished a spot behind Quintero, taking seventh in prelims in 1:33.52. USC's school record holder in the race (1:32.74), Colupaev is making his fourth straight appearance in the event. He finished second the past two years and was sixth as a freshman.
Sophomore Maclin Davis just missed earning a second swim in the 100y fly, finishing 17th in prelims in 46.37, a PR but 0.05 off a spot in the `B' final.
Junior Cary Wright, in his NCAA Championships debut, turned in a PR in the 400y IM prelims of 3:47.66, improving on spot as 10th fastest Trojan ever in the race. Junior Andrew Malone, also in his NCAA debut, took 37th in the 100y breast in 54.21.
USC will be among the favorites in tonight's timed final of the 800y free relay and enter tonight with the second-fastest seed time. Troy was third in the event last year, but established a school-record of 6:12.54 in its title-winning swim at the Pac-12 Championships earlier this month. USC has won the NCAA title in the race seven times, last in 2002.
Finals tonight begin at 5 p.m. PT.
for Saturday's prelims.