Quintero, R. Malone, 200 Free Relay Earn Final Berths To Open NCAA Championships|
March 26, 2015
USC's 200y free relay smashed the school record and claimed the second seed while senior Cristian Quintero and sophomore Reed Malone qualified for the `A' final of the 500y free to kick off the 2015 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships in Iowa City, Iowa, on Thursday (March 26).
The quartet of sophomores Santo Condorelli and Dylan Carter, freshman Ralf Tribuntsov and Quintero went 1:15.85, lowering the 2013 school record (1:16.22) by 0.37. Condorelli matched his P.R. with his leadoff 19.27.
Malone earned his first career trip to the 500y free `A' final by qualifying fifth in prelims with a 4:13.07. Quintero, the defending champion in the race, earned his shot to defend the title by taking seventh in prelims in 4:13.24. Swimming in the sixth heat, Quintero had to sweat out the final heat to make top 8, but made it safely.
Condorelli earned his first NCAA individual second swim with a 19.34 in the 50y free, good for 12th overall and a berth into the `B' final. He was 0.0.3 back of a three-way tie for ninth and 0.06 out of the last spot in the `A' final.
Sophomore Dylan Carter swam a personal best 19.41 to improve his standing as USC's third fastest ever in the race and just missed a second swim, tying for 19th. That was 0.02 off a three-way tie for 16th.
The Trojans had a handful of swimmers in the 200y IM, led by senior Luca Spinazzola, whose 1:45.10 placed him 31st and made him the fifth-fastest Trojan ever in the event. Sophomore Michael Domagala (1:46.21, 45th), junior Ridge Altman (1:52.95, 53rd) and sophomore Steven Stumph (1:55.18, 54th) all made their NCAA debuts in the race. Junior Morten Klarskov was 40th (1:45.73) and senior Cary Wright finished in 1:48.05 (52nd).
USC's 400y medley relay with Spinazzola, senior Andrew Malone, Condorelli and Tribuntsov placed 10th in 3:06.75, 0.34 out of eighth, and will swim in the `B' final.
In 1-meter springboard, Collin Pollard finished 15th in prelims with 347.95 points to earn a spot in the consolation final. Freshman Dashiell Enos was 28th (325.40) while Jordan Gear, earning an NCAA berth as a senior, was 34th (307.25).