Men's Swimming and Diving Finishes Fifth at NCAA's
March 28, 1998
AUBURN, Ala.- Senior Lenny Krayzelburg swam to his second second-place finish here to lead USC as the Trojans finished fifth at the 1998 NCAA Men's Swimmin and Diving Championships at Auburn.
Stanford won with 599 points. It was followed by Auburn (394.5), Texas (362.5), Tennessee (233), USC (220), Arizona (185), Georgia (175.5), Cal (175), SMU (155.5), and ASU (143). USC's finish marked its highest place at the NCAA's since a fourth-place mark in 1991 under then-coach Peter Daland. USC finished sixth at the 1997 NCAA's with 235 points.
Krayzelburg, the defending champion in the 200 back and a 2-time title winner at the 1998 World Championships in both back eventsw in January, let the 200 with 25 yards to go but was caught by Stanford's Tate Blahnik. Krayzelburg swam a 1:41.55 to Blahnik's 1:41.21. Krayzelburg also finished second in the 100 back on Friday.
USC placed three swimmers in the consolation finals of the 200 fly as freshman Philippe Demers took 10th (1:46.00z), junior Mark Kwok took 11th (1`:46.07) and senior Josh LLika, a USC co-captain, took 15th (1:47.03). It marked Kwok's first time competing in the event at the NCAA's and the first time he has scored at the NCAA's in any event.
Junior Bela Szabados, who finished second in the 200 free on Friday, made the consolation finals of the 100 free and took 14th in 44.11. He finished ninth in the event in 1997.
The Trojan 400 free relay team of junior Mike Williams, Demers, Krayzelburg and Szabados also earned a berth in the consolation finals and finished 14th in 2:57.01
Freshman diver Justin Dumais failed to make the championship finals in the platform, but still scored, finishing 13th with 436.20 points. Overall, Dumais finished with a pair of All-American honors in the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards in his first year.
Other USC finishers Saturday included senior Chris Mylan (15:40.00-24th) in the 1650 free, sophomore Bret Awbrey (1:47.58-23rd) in the 200 fly and junior Mike Williams (44.58- 35th) in the 100 free.
Said USC Coach Mark Schubert: "I think the team is a little disappointed. We felt we had a good chance to finish in fourth place. But the guys did a great job and fought hard and I am still very proud of them. Especially the three guys who swam at the World Championships- Lenny, Bela and Mark. It was hard to go there, come back and stay focused.
"Philippe did an outstanding job, scoring in three events as a freshman. I'm really proud of Mark and Mike also. They've been inching their way up every year and have really worked hard to make a big impact.
"As far as Lenny, he came out two seconds slower than usual and kind of lost his feel for the underwater part of his race. It's just something we need to work on. I think with the training for the worlds, the short course may have left him a bit, but he'll be back better than ever this summer."