Gators in Sixth After Day One of NCAA Championships
The University of Florida men’s swimming and diving team grabbed five top-eight finishes and 10 total swims on the first night of competition at the 2013 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. The Gators tallied 97 points on the night and they are currently sixth in the standings. They collected 13 All-America honors to start the championship.
“It was a good first day,” said Head Coach Gregg Troy. “We had someone in the final of all the events tonight. Thought we maybe could have been a little bit better in some spots. Overall real proud of the guys and the way they raced. It was a good first day.”
With the best finish of the day for a Gator, junior Marcin Cieslak (Warsaw, Poland) finished second in the 200 IM with a time of 1:41.45. He went out strong and had the lead heading into the final turn but couldn’t hold on as Stanford’s David Nolan took the win. He finished second in the event last season.
In a blisteringly fast 200 free relay final, Florida’s group of junior Brad deBorde (Longwood, Fla.), freshman Corey Main (Auckland, New Zealand), freshman Pawel Werner (Wroclaw, Poland) and sophomore Matthew Curby (Oviedo, Fla.) finished eighth with a time of 1:18.29. Their appearance in the championship final earns them each All-America honors.
Returning to the NCAA Championships after taking a year off for the Olympics last season was redshirt junior Sebastien Rousseau (Cape Town, South Africa). He swam a solid race to finish 8th overall in a time of 4:15.32, almost the exact time of his prelim swim earlier today. He earned the seventh All-America honor of his career as a Gator.
deBorde swam in his second of three championship finals with his appearance in the 50 free. He finished fifth in the event with a time of 19.40. It was the first time he has made the championship final at the NCAA Championships and he earned the ninth All-America honor of his career.
Two Gators appeared in the consolation final of the 200 IM to earn honor-mention All-American. Sophomore Dan Wallace (North Berwick, Scotland) finished 11th as he improved on his personal-best from this morning with a time of 1:43.31. He earned the second All-America honor of his career with the swim. Also in the field was fellow sophomore Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez (Madrid, Spain) who finished 14th in a time of 1:44.30.
The first night was concluded with the 400 medley relay as Main, sophomore Matt Elliott (Peoria, Ill.), Cieslak and deBorde combined for a time of 3:08.40 to finish seventh overall. They trailed early but a strong anchor leg by deBorde, in his third event of the night, pushed them into seventh.
Here are the top-10 teams after the first full day of competition: Michigan (153), California (123.5), Auburn (112.5), Southern California (100), Texas (99), Florida (97), Arizona (81), Stanford (81), Indiana (68) and Georgia (34).
The second day of the 2013 NCAA Championships will begin at 11 a.m. ET with the preliminaries and then the finals will begin at 7 p.m. ET. The events will include the 200 medley relay, 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, three-meter diving and 800 free relay. For live results of all races follow this link. ESPN3 will be streaming the finals session live tomorrow night here.
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Gamecocks Conclude Day One At NCAA Championships
INDIANAPOLIS — The South Carolina men’s swimming and diving team wrapped up its first day of competition at the 2013 NCAA Championships on Thursday in the preliminaries at the IU Natatorium.
The Gamecocks were unable to secure any spots in the finals of the three events they swam in during the morning session, which included junior Michael Flach in the 500 freestyle and the 200 freestyle and 400 medley relays. Flach finished 45th overall in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:24.26, and both Gamecock relay teams put up solid times but did not break into the top 16.
“It was a hit and miss morning for us,” South Carolina head coach McGee Moody said. “I thought our relays were very good. Based on the new selection process, three of our four guys on the medley relay didn’t even swim that at the SEC Championships. We’ve also got some new guys on our 200 freestyle relay. Both relay times were very good.
“Mike had an off morning. We are not real sure what caused it at this point, but we’ve got to figure it out. I think he’s in a pretty positive place, and he’ll be ready to go tomorrow. It’ll be a big day for us. He has the 200 freestyle, and we’ve got the 800 freestyle relay, so we will refocus and get ready to go tomorrow.”
In the 200 freestyle relay, the Gamecock team of junior Alex Fitton, Flach, junior Jay Warner and junior Gerard Rodriguez finished 26th with a time of 1:19.77, which ranks third all-time at South Carolina.
The Gamecocks wrapped up the preliminaries with the 400 medley relay. The team of Warner, Rodriguez, Fitton and freshman Marwan El Kamash placed 28th overall with a time of 3:15.29, which is the fifth fastest time in school history.
Auburn Wins 200 Free Relay to Start Championships
INDIANAPOLIS - Auburn claimed its record-tying ninth all-time NCAA title in the 200-yard freestyle relay and set a new school record in the 500 freestyle to kick off the 2013 NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Championships on Thursday night at the IUPUI Natatorium.
The Tigers are in third place with 112.5 points after the first night of competition, which saw four Auburn individuals and two relay teams combine for 12 All-America honors. Michigan held the first-day lead with 153 points, followed by California with 123.5.
"That was really something that we wanted to do, start the meet off on the right foot," Auburn head coach Brett Hawke said. "(The relay win) really set the tone and gave the guys a lot of confidence. Most everybody moved up tonight, and it was just a really good night for Auburn swimming. We had great energy before the first race; the guys were so locked in and so focused. The team is very well-led by Kyle Owens, and then we had our stud sprinter, Marcelo Chierighini, out front. It just gave the team a ton of confidence to finally bring that sprint title back to Auburn where it belongs."
The night couldn't have begun any better for the Tigers as the team of Marcelo Chierighini, James Disney-May, TJ Leon and Kyle Owens brought Auburn its first NCAA title since 2009 with a win in the 200 freestyle relay. Auburn's time of 1:15.48 was more than eight-tenths faster than runner-up Southern Cal, despite the Trojans' Vlad Morozov posting likely the fastest 50-yard split of all-time (17.86).
Auburn swam nearly a perfect race with reaction times on all three relay exchanges at 0.15 seconds or less. Chierighini built up a huge lead for Auburn with a leadoff leg of 18.99 seconds, followed by a blistering 18.87 from Disney-May. USC's Morozov pulled the Trojans nearly even with his record third leg, but a blazing 18.56 from Owens put the race out of reach.
Chierighini earned his highest-ever finish in the 50 freestyle later in the meet, finishing as the runner-up with a time of 18.99 behind USC's Morozov, whose 18.63 was the third-fastest time in history. Disney-May swam in the championship final for the first time, tying for seventh place with a time of 19.58; his 19.43 in the preliminary was a personal-best.
Junior Zane Grothe lowered his own Auburn record in the 500 freestyle for the third time in as many NCAA Championship meets with a personal-best time of 4:14.44, dropping a full second from his time at the SEC Championships and .98 seconds off his previous best, which he swam at last year's NCAA meet. Grothe's swim was good for seventh place in the championship final.
"I was glad I got a chance to race those guys again," Grothe said. "This morning I tried a new strategy, and it kind of crashed and burned. But I went in tonight with a more relaxed attitude, and that helped me focus on my technique and give the effort I needed to. It felt good tonight."
"Great swim, he dropped a full second off his best time," Auburn associate head coach Frank Bradley said. "Being in a really fast field, we'll take seventh place. He seems to like that outside lane, but anywhere you put him, he's a racer. In a field like that, you've got eight great guys, so it doesn't matter what lane you're in."
The 400 medley relay team of Owens, Stuart Ferguson, Arthur Mendes and Chierighini put a cap on the night with a fifth-place finish. Auburn posted a time of 3:05.65, bookended by a 46.02 backstroke split from Owens and 41.27 freestyle leg from Chierighini.
Junior John Santeiu also contributed points to the Tigers' effort with a 13th-place finish in the 1-meter diving consolation final. He posted a score of 333.65 in his first NCAA scoring opportunity and earned his first career All-America honor.
The second day of the 2013 NCAA Men's Championships will feature competition in the 200 medley relay, 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and 100 backstroke, along with 3-meter diving and timed finals in the 800 freestyle relay. The Tigers have at least one entry in every event Friday. Prelims get underway at 11 a.m. ET (10 a.m. CT), and links to live results and live video can be found at AuburnTigers.com. Fans can also follow @AuburnSwimming on Twitter for continuous updates from the pool.
Freshmen Pace Georgia at Day One of NCAAs
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. --- Freshmen Matias Koski and Chase Kalisz paced the Georgia men on Thursday in the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships at The Natatorium on the IUPUI campus.
The Bulldogs ended the first day of competition in 10th place with 34 points.
Koski recorded a time of 4:13.59 in the 500-yard freestyle to come in fourth. That is the fourth-best time in Georgia history. Koski, a freshman from Duluth, represented Finland in the 2012 Olympics, competing in the 200-, 400- and 1,500-meter freestyle.
Kalisz touched in 1:43.26 to take second in the consolation final and 10th overall in the 200-yard individual medley. Kalisz, a native of Bel Air, Md., was chosen as the SEC Freshman of the Year after winning two events at the conference championship meet. During the SECs, he set the school records in the 200 and 400 individual medley.
The 400-yard medley relay team of Ty Stewart, Nic Fink, Doug Reynolds and Matt Ellis placed 11th with a time of 3:08.98, which is the second-fastest effort in Georgia annals.
"We had a lot of good and a couple of almosts," Georgia coach Jack Bauerle said. "Hat's off to Matias for knocking it out and getting fourth and Chase did a heck of a job to get second in his heat. Our freshmen have stood up and done the job so far."
The NCAA Championships will continue on Friday with the 200 freestyle, the 100-yard butterfly, the 100-yard breaststroke, the 100-yard backstroke, the 400-yard individual medley, the 200-yard medley and 800-yard freestyle relays, and 3-meter diving.
LSU SWIMMER ANDREI TUOMOLA BREAKS 25 YEAR-OLD PROGRAM RECORD AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
INDIANAPOLIS, IND.— LSU senior Andrei Tuomola broke LSU’s 50 freestyle record and picked up his first career individual NCAA Honorable Mention All-American honor during the first day of competition at the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis, Ind.
Tuomola shattered the 25 year-old 50 free program record held by Mark Andrews with a time of 19.53 in the prelims. The Finnish native took 15th in the event with a seventh place swim in the consolation final after swimming a mark of 19.74 and picked up LSU’s first two team points.
“Great prelim swim for Andrei to put him in position to get a second swim tonight and to get some valuable points on the board,” Swimming Coach Dave Geyer said. “Topping the other individual 25 year-old record(Tuomola tied the 100 free record of 43.22 at the SEC Championships) is great for him. Again, those swims are a true testimony of how strong the 1988 team was.”
Tuomola’s swim marks LSU’s eighth program record of the year and the fourth for Tuomola. In addition, Tuomola picked up his fifth NCAA Honorable Mention All-American honor of his career after racking up four accolades on relays his freshman season.
The 200 free relay team of Tuomola, junior Michael Saco, sophomore Michael Young and sophomore Frank Greeff registered a swim of 1:18.91 and finished 20th. Tuomola led off the race with a 50 free lead off of 19.61.
The 400 medley relay group of Young, freshman Gabe Rooker, Greeff and Tuomola posted a time of 3:11.21 for 19th overall. Young’s leadoff 100 back split of 47.74 was .10 off of his career low.
Hamilton posted a 500 free time of 4:19.82 for a 27th place finish. Hamilton will swim in his best event, the mile, on Saturday.
“Solid first day for our men,” Geyer said. “Our relays get stronger tomorrow and we expect a lot from them. Craig was right off of his time from SEC’s.”
Junior dive Sean McKinney competed on the one-meter springboard and scored a total of 256.90. McKinney will dive on the three-meter tomorrow, an event in which he owns LSU’s record with a score of 415.50.
“Some days you get up in the morning and things don’t go the way you wanted them to,” Diving Coach Doug Shaffer said. “I’m not disappointed in Sean; I’m disappointed for Sean because his performance today wasn’t in any way a reflection of what he has done all year. His spirits are good. He is looking forward to the three-meter and we’re going to come in an start all over tomorrow.”
Ferrucci Grabs Fourth Place on 1-Meter at NCAAs
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Greg Ferrucci secured a fourth-place finish Thursday evening on the 1-meter springboard to reach his first NCAA final and notch his highest-career finish at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. With a final score of 403.05, the junior finished just 4.4 points shy of medaling in the event.
Ferrucci and fellow junior teammate John Fox began the day competing in the preliminaries of the 1-meter springboard. As he’s done all season long when healthy, Ferrucci put up a solid prelim score of 367.15 to put him in third place and earned himself the opportunity to compete in the top eight in the evening’s finals.
In his NCAA Championships debut, Fox gave a strong effort on the 1-meter, falling just six places shy of advancing to the evening’s finals. Fox posted a six-dive score of 314.85 to finish the day in 22nd place overall.
“I was very pleased with John Fox’s performance,” said head coach Ted Hautau. “He was steady and consistent and handled himself well in his first NCAA event.”
In his first finals appearance, Ferrucci gave a strong effort in his second-best event, but he had to overcome a bit of adversity to claw all the way back into contention.
“Greg had a lot of juice in his first NCAA final,” said Hautau. “He was really moving on his first two dives and overotated both a bit. He made a great run back from last to fourth and showed great competitive and mental toughness.”
His finals score of 403.05 was narrowly edged by Southeastern Conference 1-Meter Champion Missouri’s David Bonuchi who took home the bronze with a 407.45.
Ferrucci’s fourth-place finish on the 1-meter springboard was a marked improvement over his 11th place finish in the event a year ago in the 2012 NCAA Championships. On Friday Ferrucci will look to improve on last season’s 10th place finish as he and Fox will hit the 3-meter springboards for the second of their three events they will compete in at the championships.
At the Zone C Diving Championships, Ferrucci earned his NCAA berth with his victory on the 1-meter on the first day of competition, but it was his dominance on the 3-meter springboard that made waves as he broke the program record, his personal best, with an eye-popping six-dive score of 453.2. Fox also qualified for the NCAA Championships on the 3-meter springboard placing fourth and scoring a 12-dive total of 761.95.