Strong Second Night Keeps USC Fourth At NCAAs
March 29, 2013
Junior Dimitri Colupaev finished second in the 200y free for the second year in a row while sophomore teammate Cristian Quintero took fourth in the race and junior Vladimir Morozov touched fifth in his first career 100y breast final to lead a USC team that posted six school records on the second day of the 2013 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships at the IU Natatorium/IUPUI Sports Complex in Indianapolis, Ind., on Friday (March 29).
USC re-set its 200y medley relay twice and shattered the 800y free relay mark while Morozov dropped the standard twice in the 100y breast and Colupaev did it in the 200y free final as the Trojans closed the second day of the meet in fourth with 212 points.
Troy is after its first top 5 finish since 2003 and its first top 4 since 2001. Michigan continues to lead with 336 points and is followed in the top 10 by California (301.5), Arizona (234.5), USC (212), Florida (196.5), Texas (192), Stanford (169), Auburn (167.5), Indiana (151) and Georgia (106).
Colupaev broke his school record in the 200y free with a 1:32.74, lowering the mark of 1:32.91 that he posted in last year's 200y free final. Colupaev maintained second the entire race, behind only Louisville winner Joao De Lucca, whose 1:31.51 was the third-fastest time ever in the race.
Quintero failed to make the final in the race last year and settled for a consolation final win with a 1:34.27. During prelims today, he earned a spot in the `A' final with the morning's fastest time (1:33.16, PR). In a tight final heat, he was fourth in 1:33.24.
Needing an encore to his 50y free title and record 50y free relay split on Thursday, Morozov became USC's first NCAA finalist in the 100y breast since 2005 when Mihaly Flaskay was second. Morozov first broke his school record in the event with a 52.05 in prelims and then registered a 52.01 in the final.
Freshman Morten Klarskov sneaked into the `B' final of the 100y breast with a 53.33 in prelims, a PR that made him the fifth-fastest Trojan in the event. He outdid himself in the `B' final, finishing third in the heat, 11th overall, and lowering his PR to 53.00, moving into fourth on Troy's all-time list. Sophomore Sergio Lujan Rivera just missed a spot in the `B' final in prelims, finishing 17th in 53.49.
The Trojans turned the tables on their 800y free relay over a year ago. In 2012, the relay was disqualified due to a lane violation. In 2013, the unit of Colupaev, senior James Lendrum, sophomore Chad Bobrosky and Quintero finished third in a school-record 6:15.94, dropping it from the 2013 Pac-12 winning effort of 6:16.88. Colupaev's opening 1:33.23 was almost as good as his second-place effort in today's 200y free. Quintero anchored the relay with a blistering 1:32.40 that was the fastest of the final and moved USC from fourth to third and just 0.40 out of second. Florida won the race in 6:13.27 while Michigan took second in 6:15.54.
"It was another outstanding session for the Trojans," USC seventh-year coach Dave Salo said. "We are on target to break all of our relay records. The task with one day to go is to come in tomorrow morning and swim big and set up for the closing 400y free relay.
" Dimitri and Cristian picked up where Morozov has been leading the team. Colupaev's lead off and Quintero's anchor legs in the 800 free were critical to our performance tonight. Coming off outstanding individual performances in the 200, their unselfish performance in the relay was inspiring ."
USC's 200y medley relay lowered the school record in the final for the second time of the day as the quartet of sophomore Luca Spinazzola, Lujan Rivera, junior Chase Bloch and Morozov finished fifth in the final in 1:24.54.
The final, USC's first in the event since 2006, included another blistering relay split by Morozov, who finished the race in 18.23. The same foursome went 1:24.83 in prelims to first break the school mark, set three weeks earlier at the Pac-12s (1:25.04).
In the 100y back prelims, 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), Bobrosky in the 200y free (1:35.89, 28th), junior Jack Wagner in the 200y free (1:36.65, 38th) and Lendrum in the 100y back (47.06, 24th).
The meet wraps up Saturday with prelims at 8 a.m. and finals at 4 p.m. Both sessions will be carried live, streaming, on ESPN3.