INDIANAPOLIS - Auburn will have the top-seeded entry in the 200-yard medley relay along with four other scoring opportunities after Friday's preliminaries session of the 2013 NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Championships at the IUPUI Natatorium.
The 200-yard medley relay team of Kyle Owens, Stuart Ferguson, Marcelo Chierighini and TJ Leon started the morning off on the right foot by earning the top seed in the championship final with a time of 1:24.43. The Tigers will be the only SEC team in the A-final in that relay.
Owens also made his way into another championship final, qualifying third overall in the 100 backstroke prelims. Owens' time of 45.79 was one of just four swims to break the 46-second barrier in the morning and came within .19 seconds of his career-best.
Junior Zane Grothe was the other Auburn swimmer to advance to Friday's finals, posting the 13th-best time of the morning in the 200 freestyle. Grothe swam the second-best time of his career with a 1:34.50 to earn his way into the consolation final. Fellow junior James Disney-May swam a 1:36.29 to finish 32nd overall.
In other events, freshman Jordan Jones was 28th in the 400 individual medley with a 3:49.28, Ferguson just missed a return swim in the 100 breast with a 21st-place time of 53.65, and Chierighini and freshman Arthur Mendes came up just short of finals in the 100 fly. Mendes was 21st in prelims with a 46.81 - just .11 seconds shy of 16th place - and Chierighini was 31st with a 47.23.
Junior diver John Santeiu qualified for his second consolation final in as many days with a 12th-place finish in the 3-meter diving preliminaries. He recorded a score of 364.70 to secure his second All-America honor of the week and another scoring opportunity for the Tigers.
Auburn's 800 freestyle relay will also compete tonight in timed finals of the event. That relay will join the aforementioned finalists as the second night of finals gets underway at 7 p.m. ET at the IUPUI Natatorium. ESPN3.com will have live coverage of the session, and fans can follow @AuburnSwimming for continuous updates from the pool.
Seven Gators Will Swim on Second Night of NCAAs
Florida put together a strong morning session as they had seven swimmers qualify for the finals, two of which will compete in the championship final at the 2013 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. The Gators will also have both the 200 medley relay and 800 free relay swimming later today.
Florida has shown their strength in the medley events all season and today was no different. They had five Gators entered in the 400 IM to start the individual races on day two, three of which were sophomores and two juniors.
In the 400 IM, sophomore Dan Wallace (North Berwick Scotland) put in his career-best swim of 3:40.80 to propel him into the championship final. His time was the third-best of the morning swims and that time is fifth in school history. Wallace is coming off of a second place finish in this event at the SEC Championships. Also moving on to compete tonight was junior Connor Signorin (East Windsor, N.J.). Signorin finished 13th overall with a time of 3:45.03 and will appear in the consolation final.
Sophomore Carlos Omana (Miami, Fla.) just missed advancing to the finals, but could still have a chance as he is the first alternate for the 400 IM later tonight. Omana was 17th in the morning session with a time of 3:45.87. Coming in 26th was sophomore Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez (Madrid, Spain) who finished in a time of 3:49.19. The Gators had a tough blow as redshirt junior Sebastien Rousseau (Cape Town, South Africa) was disqualified from the 400 IM for the back to breast turn.
Three more Gators grabbed spots in the finals as junior Marcin Cieslak (Warsaw, Poland), senior Cameron Martin (Clearwater, Fla.) and junior Brad deBorde (Longwood, Fla.) advanced in the 100 fly. Cieslak made his second championship final in as many events as he swam the sixth fastest time of the morning clocking in at 46.04. He is the two-time SEC Champion in the event and finished Martin and deBorde both advanced to the consolation final in the 100 fly. Martin touched the wall in a personal-best time of 46.59 to qualify 15th and deBorde was 16th in a time of 46.70.
With a ninth place finish in the 200 free, freshman Pawel Werner (Wroclaw, Poland) will advance to the consolation final tonight. Werner just missed the championship final with his time of 1:33.90 but will come in as the top time for the B-Final. Sophomore Matthew Curby (Oviedo, Fla.) finished 40th in the 200 free with a time of 1:36.80 and senior Jason Taylor (Plant City, Fla.) was 41st after touching the wall in a time of 1:36.99.
Entering his first individual final of the meet is sophomore Matt Elliott (Peoria, Ill.) who qualified 14th in the 100 breast. His time of 53.20 was just off the school record he set earlier this season at the SEC Championships where he finished sixth.
Sneaking into the consolation final was the 200 medley relay. The Gators combined for the 16th fastest time on the morning with a 1:26.61. The relay group included Martin, Elliott, Cieslak and deBorde. The top three heats of the 800 free relay are slated to swim tonight during the finals session. Florida’s best time of 6:14.76 is the second best in the country and they will appear in the final heat.
In the final individual event of the morning, the Gators had two swimmers competing in the 100 back. Freshman Corey Main (Auckland, New Zealand) took to the water in his first individual championship appearance. He clocked a 47.48 to finish 32nd. Martin made his second individual swim and third overall of the morning. He touched the wall in a time of 48.11 to finish 39th in the 100 back.
The 2013 NCAA Championships will continue tonight from the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind. For live stats, please follow this link. It will also be streamed live on ESPN3, viewers can watch here. The Gators will be swimming in all but one event with the 200 medley relay, 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast and 800 free relay on tap tonight.
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Gamecocks to Swim 800 Relay in Finals
INDIANAPOLIS -- The South Carolina men's swimming and diving team swam two events during Friday morning's preliminaries at the 2013 NCAA Championships at IU Natatorium.
In his second individual event of the week, junior Michael Flach swam a time of 1:36.67 to finish 39th in the 200 freestyle. It took a time of 1:34.66 to make the consolation final in the event and a time of 1:33.88 to advance to the championships final.
The Gamecocks delivered a solid swim in the 200 medley relay to begin the morning. The team of Jay Warner, Gerard Rodriguez, Flach and Alex Fitton finished 24th overall with a time of 1:27.94, which is the second fastest time in school history.
South Carolina will be back in action at tonight's finals in the 800 freestyle relay. The Gamecocks enter the event as the No. 19 seed with a time of 6:23.99 and will swim in lane six of heat two. Live results will be available here, and live video will be available at ESPN3.com. The finals are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
AUBURN CONCLUDES DAY TWO OF NCAA MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIPS
INDIANAPOLIS – Auburn got scoring performances from three individuals and a relay on the second night of finals at the 2013 NCAA Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships.
Senior Kyle Owens led the way for the Tiger individuals with a sixth-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke, earning first-team All-America honors for the third straight year in the event with a time of 46.26 seconds.
The 200 medley relay team of Owens, Stuart Ferguson, Marcelo Chierighini and James Disney-May grabbed a fourth-place finish in the championship final with a time of 1:24.45, almost identical to their time from the morning’s preliminary. Owens led off with an outstanding 20.99 split on the backstroke leg.
Junior Zane Grothe secured his second All-America certificate of the week with a fourth-place finish (12th overall) in the 200 freestyle consolation final, clocking a 1:34.58. After trailing the field for much of the first 175 yards, Grothe turned on the jets over the final 50, posting the second-fastest split in the field at 23.58, and finishing just .14 out of third place.
Auburn also got a scoring performance from junior diver John Santeiu, who scored a career-best 400.50 in the 3-meter diving consolation final to finish 10th overall and earn his second career All-America honor.
“John did a great job yesterday on 1-meter being consistent, finally scoring at the NCAA Championships,” Auburn diving coach Jeff Shaffer said. “It’s a lot different than a year ago where it was kind of like a deer in headlights. Today he stepped it up one more notch. He was really solid all the way through prelims, then had a personal-best in finals, scoring over 60-65 points on every dive. Really proud of his efforts today, and it was really rewarding to see him put together a list and a personal best at the NCAAs.”
The 800 freestyle relay team of Grothe, Alex Hancock, Arthur Mendes and Tommy McKee finished the night with a 19th-place finish in a time of 6:26.24.
The Tigers are in eighth place with 167.5 points after two days of competition, just 1.5 back of seventh-place Stanford. Michigan continues to lead the championships with 336 points, but California is still in contention in second place with 301.5. Among SEC teams, Florida is in fifth place, Auburn eighth, Georgia 10th, Missouri 12th, Tennessee 19th, Kentucky 23rd, and Texas A&M 24th.
“I feel like Saturday will be our strongest day,” Auburn head coach Brett Hawke said. “The boys are excited about coming in and racing tough in the morning. We knew the second day wasn’t going to be our strongest, but we’ve got some great events tomorrow, the 200 back, 100 free, the mile and platform diving, plus another relay. They’re all good events for us, so we’re really excited about tomorrow. We just had to get through today.”
LSU SENIOR ANDREI TUOMOLA EARNS SECOND NCAA HONORABLE MENTION ALL-AMERICAN HONOR
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—LSU senior Andrei Tuomola picked up his second LSU record in as many nights with a 100 breaststroke time of 52.76 during the second day of competition at the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis, Ind.
“Another great performance for Andrei today,” Swimming Coach Dave Geyer said. “Stepping up in prelims is what it takes to get second swims. We have three strong individual swims tomorrow to look forward to with Andrei, Frank Greeff and Craig Hamilton.”
Tuomola fired off his second team record of the meet with a 100 breast mark of 52.76 in the prelims, making him the first LSU Tiger to break the 53 second barrier in the event. Tuomola finished 10th in the prelims and posted a mark of 53.22 to take fourth in the consolation final, finishing 12th overall and earning five team points for LSU.
In the process, Tuomola, who finished 15th in the 50 free and swam program record time of 19.53 in the prelims, earned his second individual NCAA Honorable Mention All-American honor and the sixth honor of this kind for his career. In addition, Tuomola becomes LSU’s sixth All-American in the 100 breast and sixth All-American in the 50 free.
The Tigers were narrowly beat out of the top-16 in the 200 medley relay by .27 seconds and finished in 19th with a time of 1:26.87. Sophomore Michael Young split a 22.30, and he was followed on the relay by Tuomola, Greeff and junior Michael Saco.
LSU's 800 free relay team of posted a mark of 6:27.56 for a fourth place finish in the second heat and a 21st place finish overall. Greeff split a 1:36.40 on the leadoff leg for a personal record in the 200 free and moved up to 3rd all-time for LSU. Greeff was followed by Hamilton, senior Nick Kunkel and freshman Gabe Rooker.
In the 100 butterfly, Greeff was just off of his personal best time with mark of 47.23. Greeff will compete in the 200 fly, the event he qualified for the meet in, tomorrow.
Junior diver Sean McKinney finished less than three points shy of making the consolation finals on the three-meter after a prelim score of 343.60. McKinney will try again tomorrow on the platform.
“Sean fought hard in the three-meter event and improved his NCAA experience with an 18th place finish,” Diving Coach Doug Shaffer said. “His first dive was under par, but he put that behind him and settled into a good groove for the remainder of his list. I'm proud of his efforts and look forward to tomorrow's platform event.”
Georgia's Kalisz Wins 400 IM Title At NCAAs
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. --- Freshman Chase Kalisz won the title in the 400-yard individual medley to highlight Georgia's record-setting night on Friday in the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships at The Natatorium on the IUPUI campus.
Through two days of competition, the Bulldogs remained in 10th with 106 points.
Kalisz recorded a strong second half in the 400-yard individual medley to wind up with a time of 3:38.05 -- more than 1.5 seconds ahead of Wisconsin's Michael Weiss. Kalisz's time was the seventh-best all-time in short course yardage races (sixth among Americans), adding his name to a list that includes Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. Kalisz also eclipsed his earlier school record of 3:39.82.
With Georgia coach Jack Bauerle watching alongside North Baltimore Aquatic Club's Bob Bowman (under whom Kalisz previously trained), Kalisz was seventh after the butterfly and backstroke portions of the race. But in the breaststroke and freestyle section, the SEC's Freshman of the Year not only caught the field but pulled away convincingly. His splits were 51.55 (butterfly), 55.42 (backstroke), 59.83 (breaststroke) and 51.25 (freestyle).
"We're so proud of Chase," Georgia coach Jack Bauerle said. "To be an NCAA champion as a freshman is no small feat. He's gotten better and better as we all knew he would. He had a heck of a swim tonight. We're proud of that event. It's a tough guys' event. We like winning that event."
Kalisz joins Robert Margalis (2003) and Bill Cregar (2011) as victorious Bulldogs in the 400-yard individual medley at the NCAAs.
"I've been training in the 400 IM since I was about 12," Kalisz said. "I got started with Bob Bowman and I learned through Michael Phelps and Jack helped me bring it all together and have a good race plan. To be an NCAA champion is a dream come true. I remember watching Billy Cregar's swim online and thinking, 'I want to do that someday.'"
In the 100-yard breaststroke, Nic Fink posted a fourth-place time of 51.85. That shattered the school mark of 52.23 set in 2009 by Neil Versfeld. Ironically, Friday was Versfeld's birthday.
The Bulldogs opened Friday's final with a school-record effort in the 200-yard medley relay. The team of Anival Rodriguez, Fink, Doug Reynolds and Matt Ellis stopped the clock in 1:25.99, eclipsing the 1:26.16 recorded by the SECs relay (featuring Fink and Reynolds) last season. The quartet placed 12th.
Matias Koski won the consolation final of the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:33.84 to come in ninth. That effort missed the school mark held by Matt Bartlett by 1/100ths of a second.
The 800-yard freestyle relay of Koski, Fink, Jameson Hill and Kalisz went 6:22.76 — the second-fastest time in Georgia annals — to finish 10th.
In the 100-yard butterfly, Reynolds placed 13th with a time of 46.52.
Gators Win 800 Free Relay NCAA Title, Set Two School Records on Night Two of NCAAs
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Gators closed out the second night on a high note by winning the national title in the 800 free relay at the 2013 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. On top of that, Florida's men collected two top-three individual finishes, two school records and 15 All-America honors. They are currently fifth in the standings with 196.5 points.
"We had a couple of bad breaks but we stayed in the meet and I'm really proud of the way the guys raced," said Head Coach Gregg Troy. "We had a great meet tonight. They got off and raced well the whole way. Great way to finish it with a school record in the 800 free relay with fine swims the whole way across.
Earning the 2013 800 free relay NCAA Championship was the group of freshman Pawel Werner (Wroclaw, Poland), redshirt junior Sebastien Rousseau (Cape Town, South Africa), junior Marcin Cieslak (Warsaw, Poland) and sophomore Dan Wallace (North Berwick, Scotland). They combined for a school record-setting time of 6:13.27.
This is the second time in three years that Florida has come away with a win in the 800 free relay. UF also won it in 2011 and Rousseau was on that team as well.
Rousseau had a tough break this morning but came back tonight to help the relay to the national title. "I am really proud of Sebastien Rousseau, taking a disappointment and coming back this evening and swimming and great relay leg," Troy remarked.
Cieslak, who had an outstanding night, swam the second fastest 200 split in the entire field (1:32.86) and pushed the relay way out in front on the third leg to give Wallace a huge lead on the final leg. He was in the water earlier in the day for the 100 fly where he finished second and set a new school record with a time of 45.35.
"Marcin Cieslak is a very versatile guy," Troy commented. "He swam the IM event yesterday and the 100 fly with second place today with a school record and then the 800 free relay with another school record. He goes a 1:32 free to be the second fastest guy in the whole field."
Starting the night off was the 400 IM, where Wallace swam a solid race to score a third place finish. It is his best individual finish at the NCAA Championships as a Gator and is his second All-America honor of the meet so far. His time of 3:39.87 improved on his personal-best from the one he set in the morning session and is the fourth fastest time in school history.
"Wallace's swims were really good this evening. He was solid the whole way in the 400 IM and had a great relay leg," Troy said.
Swimming in the consolation final of the 400 IM was junior Connor Signorin (East Windsor, N.J.). Signorin went out strong and held on for a fourth place finish in the consolation final to take 14th overall. He touched the wall in a time of 3:43.96.
The Gators weren't stopping there as they qualified three swimmers for the 100 fly finals. Cieslak finished second in the 100 fly. It was his second top-two finish in as many events so far. He clocked in with a time of 45.35, setting a new school record in the process.
Also scoring for the Florida in the 100 fly was senior Cameron Martin (Clearwater, Fla.) and junior Brad deBorde (Longwood, Fla.). Martin continued to get faster as the day went on as he set another personal-best after touching the wall in 46.39 to finish 12th. He moved into fourth place in school history, surpassing Associate Head Coach Anthony Nesty's time of 46.62 set in 1992. deBorde swam in his fifth event so far of the NCAAs. He finished 14th overall in the 100 fly with a time of 46.83.
In the 200 free, Werner scored points for UF as he tied for 14th with a time of 1:34.65. He earned the first All-America honors of his career as a Gator. Then sophomore Matt Elliott (Peoria, Ill.) took to the water in the 100 breast consolation final. Elliott secured a 14th place finish with his time of 53.30, earning the fourth All-America honor of his career.
The relay group of Martin, sophomore Ricky Munch (Clifton, Va.), Cieslak and deBorde took to the water for the 200 medley relay to open the second night of competition. They combined to finish 13th overall with a time of 1:26.02, moving up three spots from their qualifying seed. deBorde has continued to be strong on relays and swam a fast 18.94 free split to anchor the team.
Lampe Breaks 10K School Record on First Day of Raleigh Relays Five Gamecocks advance to Saturday finals
RALEIGH, N.C. – The South Carolina track and field team completed the first day of competition at the Raleigh Relays hosted by NC State in Raleigh, N.C., on Friday. Sophomore Kayla Lampe broke a 15-year-old 10,000-meter school record and five Gamecocks advanced to event finals on the first day of competition. The women’s sprint medley relay team collected a win as well.
Lampe, who set the indoor 5,000-meter run a month ago as she won SEC silver, ran a 34:26.99 in the 10,000-meters to set a new Gamecock record. Lampe broke Tanya Povey’s 1998 time of 34:31.41 to sit atop another South Carolina all-time list. The time earned her a fourth-place finish.
The sprint medley relay quartet of freshmen Alexis Murphy and Ahtyana Johnson, junior Amber Allen and sophomore Erika Rucker picked up the win with a time of 3:57.74.
Junior Chris Royster and sophomore Eric Winfrey ran in the same 100-meter dash heat on Friday, both punching tickets for Saturday’s finals. Royster, who has won the 100 meters the last two weekends, advanced with the second-fastest time of the day at 10.56. Winfrey was fifth fastest at 10.74. The 100-meter dash finals are tomorrow at 12:15 p.m.
South Carolina’s 1-2 punch in the hurdles also advanced to Saturday’s event final. Freshmen Dondre Echols and Jermaine Collier ran in a 110-meter hurdle heat that saw all who finished the race advance to the final. Echols clocked in at 14.27, the second-fastest collegiate time and fourth-fastest overall. Collier earned the last spot in the eight-man final with a time of 14.71. Echols and Collier will race in the event finals at 12:05 p.m. tomorrow.
The Gamecock women will also be represented in hurdle finals tomorrow. Current collegiate-leader senior Kierre Beckles ran a 13.16, the fastest preliminary time of the day. Beckles will run for her third-consecutive outdoor win tomorrow at noon.
Graduate student Chelsea France ran the second-best 3,000-meter steeplechase in school history at 10:42.93. France finished fourth overall in her section.
Freshman Austin Eckenroth earned a second-place finish in the pole vault with a clearance of 15-11 (4.85m), his best of the outdoor season.