Quintero, Morozov, Colupaev Post Top 2 Prelim Finishes At NCAAs Day 2|
March 29, 2013
Sophomore Cristian Quintero and junior Dimitri Colupaev finished 1-2 in the 200y free while junior Vladimir Morozov was second in the 100y breast (with another school record) to highlight USC's work on the second day of prelims at the 2013 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships at the IU Natatorium/IUPUI Sports Complex in Indianapolis, Ind., on Friday (March 29).
USC, which finished the first day in fourth place in the team standings, continued its record breaking ways when it opened the second morning by lowering its school standard in the 200y medley relay to 1:24.83 (from 1:25.04). The time clocked by the quartet of sophomore Luca Spinazzola, sophomore Sergio Lujan Rivera, junior Chase Bloch and Morozov was good enough for fifth in prelims and another spot in the finals.
Quintero (2013) and Colupaev (2011-12) combined to win the last three Pac-12 titles in the 200y free and finished 1-2 this year in the race. They did the same in prelims today as Quintero's qualifying time (1:33.16) was just under his Pac-12 win while Colupaev's 1:33.42 was a season-best. Colupaev is the USC record holder in the event.
Morozov, a night after winning USC's first NCAA title in the 50y free since 1977 and establishing the first ever 50y relay split under 18 seconds, broke his school record in the 100y breast by 0.01 with a 52.05 to qualify for his first NCAA final in the race, nabbing the second seed. The top qualifier is Arizona sophomore Kevin Cordes, who established an American record in prelims with a 50.93, lowering his old mark of 51.10. The NCAA record is 50.86 (Cal's Damir Dugonjic, 2009).
Freshman Morten Klarskov sneaked into the `B' final of the 100y breast with a 53.33, a PR that made him the fifth-fastest Trojan in the event. Lujan Rivera just missed a spot in the `B' final, finishing 17th in 53.49.
In the 100y back, Spinazzola tied for 16th (and the final spot in the `B' final) with a 46.59. In the swim-off, however, Penn State's Nate Savoy edged Spinazzola to earn the `B' final berth.
Other USC finishers included freshman Maclin Davis in the 100y fly (46.96, 25th), sophomore Chad Bobrosky in the 200y free (1:35.89, 28th), junior Jack Wagner in the 200y free (1:36.65, 38th) and senior Alex Lendrum in the 100y back (47.06, 24th).
USC is also one of the top seeds in tonight's 800y free relay, which will be swum at the end of tonight's session, which begins at 4 p.m. PT.
The session will be carried live, streaming, on ESPN3.