Quintero Grabs Top Seed In 200 Free On NCAA Prelims Day 2|
March 27, 2015
Senior Cristian Quintero captured the top seed in the 200y free, senior Luca Spinazzola and freshman Ralf Tribuntsov both earned `A' final bids in the 100y back and USC's 200y medley relay set a school record to earn the second seed on a strong second morning at the 2015 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships in Iowa City, Iowa, on Friday (March 27).
The Trojans, sixth after the first day with 77 points, also saw sophomores Santo Condorelli (100y fly) and Dylan Carter (200y free) and senior Andrew Malone (100y breast) earn `B' final berths while Troy's 800y free relay tonight will be among the challengers for first.
USC's 200y medley relay of Spinazzola, junior Morten Klarskov, Carter and Condorelli smashed the three-week old school record to kick off the day with a prelim 1:23.90, claiming the second seed in tonight's final. The swim erased the 1:24.36 by the same group when it took second at the Pac-12 Championships.
Quintero, second in the 200y free last year, captured the top seed in the event with a morning 1:32.70 out of the final heat. The three-time Pac-12 champ was second last year in 1:32.28, a time that set USC's school record. He was fourth in 2013 and ninth in 2012.
Carter, 15th in the race as a freshman, lowered his personal best to 1:33.27 and finished ninth overall, 0.02 from a top 8 mark. He'll be the top seed in the `B' final. Sophomore Reed Malone finished 22nd in 1:34.47.
Spinazzola earned his second straight trip to the 100y back `A' final with a 45.53 while Tribuntsov, not long after his 100y fly swim, went 45.61, the pair claiming the final two spots in the championship race. Spinazzola was sixth last year.
Condorelli earned his second `B' final of the meet after swimming to 12th in the 100y fly in 46.23. Sophomore Michael Domagala was 21st in 46.48 and Tribuntsov was 26th in 46.65.
Senior Andrew Malone earned his first career NCAA second swim, taking 14th in the 100y breast prelims in 52.62, 0.04 off his personal best. Sophomore Steven Stumph was 27th in 53.20, Klarskov was 32nd (53.36) and junior Ridge Altman was 39th (53.83).
Also in the 100y back, senior Cary Wright posted a personal best in the event's first heat in 47.59, which made him the 10th fastest Trojan ever in the race.
Finals begin at 5 p.m. PT.