Quintero 3rd In 100y Free, 400y Free Relay 6th To Close NCAAs|
March 29, 2014
Senior Cristian Quintero completed an amazing three days of swimming by finishing third in the 100y free and leading USC to sixth in the 400y free relay as the Trojans finished eighth overall on the final night of the 2014 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin, Texas, on Saturday (March 29).
USC took eighth with 182 points for its fourth straight top 8 finish. Cal won the team title with 468.5 points and was followed in the top 10 by Texas (417.5), Florida (387), Michigan (310), Georgia (259), Auburn (230), Arizona (198.5), USC, Stanford (155) and Indiana (141).
Quintero, winner of the 500y free on Thursday and runner-up in the 200y free Friday, posted a PR (42.11) in the 100y free prelims Saturday to qualify for his first NCAA final in the race. In the evening's `A' final, Quintero was just off that time, registering a 42.14 for third and his third top 3 individual finish of the meet.
Quintero became the first Trojan to earn All-American honors in the 100y, 200y and 500y free since Hungarian great Bela Szabados in 1999.
He completed his Trojan career by leading off USC's sixth-place 400y free relay, joining freshman Santo Condorelli and fellow seniors Jack Wagner and Dimitri Colupaev, who finished in a season-best 2:51.88. The quartet of freshman Dylan Carter, Colupaev, Wagner and Quintero earned the A final bid by taking eighth in prelims in 2:52.04.
Colupaev was 28th in the 100y free (43.25) while sophomore Maclin Davis was 39th (44.16). Junior Luca Spinazzola was 26th in the 200y back (1:44.82) while junior Andrew Malone was 36th in the 200y breast (1:58.11).
Wright almost earned his first scoring chance in the 200y fly, finishing 19th in prelims in 1:43.64.
Said USC Coach Dave Salo after the meet: "We were disappointed to finish eighth after taking fourth last year, but we came away with two national titles and a lot of experience for next year's team to build upon. Cristian has been a workhorse all season long and put up some great performances to lead the team."