AUBURN EARNS 21st CONSECUTIVE TOP-10 FINISH AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
INDIANAPOLIS – Auburn got a silver-medal winning performance from junior Marcelo Chierighini and a bronze-medal relay swim on Saturday night as the 2013 NCAA Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships came to a close at the IUPUI Natatorium.
The Tigers finished in eighth place at the championship meet with 226.5 points, marking Auburn’s 21st consecutive top-10 finish in men’s swimming & diving, dating back to 1993, and their 31st top-10 finish in 39 all-time NCAA appearances. Michigan claimed its first national championship since 1995 with 480 points, and California finished second with 406.5.
“We had a great meet overall,” Auburn head coach Brett Hawke said. “We only brought seven qualified swimmers and one diver. We were a very small team, and to finish in the top 10 is just an outstanding achievement. This meet is getting a lot deeper; you had nine teams scoring 200 points or above. We’re very proud to be in the top 10 again, and I’m very proud of the boys.”
Chierighini won his second straight silver medal in the 100-yard freestyle, posting the second-fastest time in Auburn history with a 41.51, passing Matt Targett’s top time of 41.55 from the 2009 season. He finished second to USC’s Vlad Morozov, who swam the fastest time in history with a 40.74 to eclipse Cesar Cielo’s five-year-old NCAA record. Chierighini’s swim ranked as the seventh-fastest of all-time in short-course yards.
Fellow junior James Disney-May also earned All-America honors in the 100 free with a 15th-place overall finish in a time of 43.37.
The Tigers capped off the night and the meet with a bronze medal-winning performance in the 400 freestyle relay. The team of Chierighini, Disney-May, Arthur Mendes and Kyle Owens stopped the clock in 2:50.54, finishing third behind Southern Cal and Michigan.
In the diving well, John Santeiu wrapped up an outstanding week with his third-straight All-America honor, finishing 11th overall in the platform diving competition. Santeiu qualified 15th in the preliminary round to advance to the consolation final, then posted a score of 404.95 to finish third in the B-final. Santeiu advanced to the consolation final in all three diving events during the week.
“I’m really proud of the progress John made in the last year, when he went to NCAAs and didn’t score,” Auburn diving coach Jeff Shaffer said. “Today was a little disappointing in that he didn’t really do anything very well in his first list, but he managed to hit his last dive and get a second chance. Then he goes over 400 points again in the consolation final. I’m really proud of him, again, in getting here and getting to score in all three events. It’s a great accomplishment for him and should help him be even better in the years to come.”
Junior Zane Grothe earned his second All-America nod of the week and his third-straight in the 1650 freestyle with a 15th-place time of 14:55.42.
Auburn finished the week with 30 All-Americans and a national championship in the 200 freestyle relay. Kyle Owens and Stuart Ferguson, Auburn’s two seniors in the meet, combined for seven All-America honors during the week and finished their careers with a combined 22 (15 for Owens, seven for Ferguson).
“Kyle and Stu are the finest type of men you could ask for,” Hawke said. “They’ve kept this group together all year, kept them motivated and positive, and I was really proud of them this week.”
More School Records Fall on Final Day as Gator Men Finish Sixth at the 2013 NCAA Championships
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The University of Florida men's swimming and diving team finished the season with a sixth place finish at the 2013 NCAA Championships at the IU Natatorium. The Gators collected a national title, 38 All-America honors and four school records over the course of the three day meet.
"We had a really good morning," said Head Coach Gregg Troy. "We got people where we wanted them to be, just ran a little short on gas. We thought maybe we could be fourth today, but great effort by our guys and I am really proud to be around them. We needed one more scoring swim but we just didn't quite get what we needed."
UF finished the meet with 285.5 points. It was the 14th-consecutive year that Florida has finished in the top-10 at the NCAA Championships, all coming under current head coach Gregg Troy.
Finishing the 2013 NCAA Championships with three second place finishes in as many events was junior Marcin Cieslak (Warsaw, Poland). His swim in the 200 fly set a new UF record as he touched the wall in 1:40.62. It capped off a stellar meet as he did not finish lower than second in an individual event and was part of the school record setting and NCAA Champ 800 free relay. Cieslak had the most All-America honors on the team and personal-best seven during the three day meet.
The 200 fly was a strong event for the Gators with two more swimmers taking to the water in the championship final. Redshirt junior Sebastien Rousseau (Cape Town, South Africa) scored a fourth place finish in the event after posting a time of 1:42.20. He earned his third All-America honor of the meet and ninth of his career.
Grabbing a sixth place finish in the 200 fly was senior Cameron Martin (Clearwater, Fla.) who stopped the clock at 1:43.35 to earn the seventh All-America honor of his career. The swim closed out his excellent career as a Florida Gator.
In yet another school record setting swim, sophomore Matt Elliott (Peoria, Ill.) continued to cut time as the day went on. He had set the school record earlier today in the 200 breast, but came out in the finals and did one better finishing in a time of 1:53.79. He finished sixth in the event to earn his third All-America honor this week.
Senior Jason Taylor (Plant City, Fla.) closed out his career as a Gator with a personal-best performance in the 1,650 free. Taylor cut seven seconds off of his best time as he stopped the clock at 14:55.74 to finish 16th overall in the event and earn an honorable mention All-America honor, the first of his career.
Two other Gators dove in for the mile as freshman Arthur Frayler (Fort Washington, Pa.) and sophomore Carlos Omana (Miami, Fla.) finished 21st and 36th respectively. Frayler touched the wall in a time of 14:57.95 and Omana stopped the clock in 15:28.68.
Making his first appearance in an individual final was freshman Corey Main (Auckland, New Zealand). Main swam in the consolation final of the 200 back and finished in a time of 1:41.91 to place 13th overall in the event. He earned honorable mention All-America, the third for him at the NCAAs.
Florida closed out the meet with a sixth place finish in the 400 free relay. Junior Brad deBorde (Longwood, Fla.) dove in the water to leadoff the group. He laid down his personal-best 100 free time with a 42.74 to start the race. deBorde was a key member of four of the five relays and earned the second most All-America honors on the team with six.
Next in the water was Rousseau, who had competed in the 200 fly earlier in the night. He was followed by Cieslak who split 42.59 to round out his outstanding performance this week and then sophomore Matthew Curby (Oviedo, Fla.) anchored the relay as they combined for a time of 2:51.74.
With the conclusion of the 2013 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, the Florida men have finished their 2012-13 season with a sixth place finish. It was the 13th-consecutive top-10 finish for the Orange and Blue.
"It has been a tremendous season for these guys. Didn't finish quite where we wanted to be at the end, but I have no problems with it. This is a tremendous group to be with and I am proud of the way they raced out there."
Georgia Swimmers Come In 10th At NCAAs
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. --- Led on the final day by their 1,650-yard freestylers, the Georgia men recorded a 10th-place finish on Saturday in the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships at The Natatorium on the IUPUI campus.
The Bulldogs finished 10th with 163 points as the team title went to Michigan. Georgia finished in the top 10 for the eighth time in the last 10 years.
Matias Koski paced the Bulldogs in the 1,650-yard freestyle with a time of 14:42.09 to come in third. Andrew Gemmell checked in fifth with a time of 14:46.95, followed by Will Freeman in 10th at 14:51.44 and Martin Grodzki in 11th at 14:53.62.
In the 200-yard backstroke, Ty Stewart placed 12th with a school-record time of 1:41.86. That eclipsed the previous Georgia mark of 1:42.04 set by Marc Lindsay in 2001.
Nic Fink came in ninth in the 200-yard breaststroke as he touched the wall in 1:53.79. That improved his second-lowest time in school history.
"I just couldn't be prouder of what our guys have done this week," Georgia coach Jack Bauerle said. "We came in here with a top-10 goal and we reached it. And this bodes well for the future. We brought a young team to the NCAAs and we know they'll want even more next year. We're already looking forward to it."
Ferrucci Caps off NCAAs with Top-Five Finish on Platform
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – For the third time in as many days Kentucky junior diver Greg Ferrucci found himself on the podium after his third fourth-place finish of the 2013 Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships.
What amounts to one of the best postseasons in Kentucky diving history almost never came to fruition. Ferrucci tore a ligament in his thumb late in the regular season which limited his training and competition. But he battled through without surgery and had a strong finish at the Southeastern Conference Championships, Zone C Diving Championships, and the NCAAs.
“Hats off to Greg who came back from a torn ligament and a month layoff just before SECs to have the best NCAA performances of his career,” said UK dive coach Ted Hautau.
After earning fourth place finishes on the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards on the first two days of the championships, Ferrucci and teammate John Fox took to the tower to dive platform, the third and final diving event. With his fourth place finish on platform Saturday, Ferrucci set career-best NCAA finishes in all three diving events with his 418.30 in the finals which set a new team record.
In Saturday afternoon’s preliminaries, Ferrucci found himself in a familiar position up near the top of the leader board after six dives. With a 391.2, Ferrucci sat in seventh place to compete with the top eight in the finals. Fox had a rough go of it in the preliminaries and finished in 27th scoring 248.75.
For each of Ferrucci’s fourth-place finishes he earned 15 points. Kentucky finished with 45 points for the NCAA Championships, all scored via Ferrucci, to take home 22nd place, one spot off last season’s 21st place finish.
The event capped off a huge season for Ferrucci, who had garnered multiple Southeastern Conference Diver of the Week honors as well as being named SEC All-Second Team. After claiming both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard titles at the Zone C Diving Championships in West Lafayette, Ind., Ferrucci finished off the most impressive season in Kentucky diving history with nine individual event victories on the year.
The NCAA Championships marked the end of the 2012-13 season with Kentucky divers having one of their best seasons in program history.
“Great weekend for Greg and John,” said Hautau. “I’m really proud of these guys and the rest of our team who created a hardworking, competitive training environment all year long.”
LSU SENIOR SWIMMER CRAIG HAMILTON EARNS FIRST-TEAM ALL-AMERICAN HONOR
INDIANAPOLIS, IND.— Senior Craig Hamilton became LSU’s first NCAA First-Team All-American in the mile as LSU Swimming and Diving finished 26th with 24 team points at the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis, Ind.
“Three seniors finished out their career’s here and are leaving with seven individual school records from their time at LSU,” Swimming Coach Dave Geyer said. “This was a great finish to our season. Obviously, you want to see a best time at the end for Craig, but he did what he needed to do for an All-American finish.”
The Tigers finished 26th for the second time in three years after placing in the same position in 2011. Michigan won the national title with 480 points.
All three of LSU’s individual swimming qualifiers scored points at the meet.
Hamilton picked up LSU’s first NCAA First-Team All-American honor since Julius Gloeckner picked up the same award in the 400 individual medley in 2007. Hamilton finished seventh in the 1650 freestyle with a season low swim of 14:49.12 and scored 12 team points.
Over the course of his career at LSU, Hamilton swam the 10 fastest mile times in LSU history and owns the program with a time of 14:45.94. The Edingburgh, Scotland native steadily improved in the event each year, beginning with a last place finish at NCAA’s his freshman year and ending with three straight top-16 finishes.
Sophomore Frank Greeff earned his first career NCAA Honorable Mention All-American honor and became LSU’s third All-American in the 200 butterfly. Greeff lowered LSU’s record in the event with a time of 1:44.06, which placed him 12th and gave him five team points. In prelims, Greeff temporarily broke the record with a swim of 1:44.11.
“Great performance by Frank,” Geyer said “He put himself in a situation to race at night and just missed getting sub 1:44. He knew that he was racing for points for us and really stepped up.”
Junior diver Sean McKinney was edged out of the top-16 on the platform by a tenth of a point and finished his run in 17th with LSU’s fifth best all-time score 318.10. McKinney finished 18thon the three-meter with a total of 343.60 during the second day of competition.
“My heart goes out for Sean because he did everything right all year long and worked really hard,” Diving Coach Doug Shaffer said. “He was dedicated, he was determined and he was focused on his goals. He worked really hard to attain his goals. He accomplished the team record on the three-meter springboard (415.50), finished in the top-eight at SEC’s and qualified for the national championships.”
“To place in the top 20 at this elite of an event is a great accomplishment. At the end of the day, when Sean steps back from this, he is going to recognize that he had a great year.”
Senior Andrei Tuomola posted a 100 free time of 43.32, which was .10 off of his program record time, to take 23rd in the event.
During the first two days of competition, Tuomola fired off his second team record of the meet with a 100 breast mark of 52.76 in the prelims, which was good for 10th in the prelims and made him the first LSU Tiger to break the 53 second barrier in the event. Tuomola posted a mark of 53.22 to take fourth in the consolation final, finishing 12th overall.
In the process, Tuomola, who finished 15th in the 50 free with a program record time of 19.53, scored seven team points and earned two individual NCAA Honorable Mention All-American honors and the fifth and sixth honor of this kind for his career. In addition, Tuomola became LSU’s sixth All-American in the 100 breast and sixth All-American in the 50 free.
Over the course of the meet, LSU relays finished in the top-21 in four events. Senior Nick Kunkel, junior Michael Saco, sophomore Michael Young and freshman Gabe Rooker joined the individual qualifiers on relays.
MIZZOU FINISHES PROGRAM BEST 14TH AT NCAAS
INDIANAPOLIS - The Mizzou men's swimming and diving team concluded the 2013 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday, March 30 in a program record 14th-place with 80 points. The finish bettered the previous best of 19th, set at the 2012 Championships.
The 2013 NCAA Championships were the most successful in Mizzou history. On the swimming side, the Tigers' two individual All-Americans matched the program's total coming into the meet. Missouri also earned All-America honors in a relay for the first time in school history. Sophomore Sam Tierney became Mizzou's the second swimming first team All-American, while Tierney and sophomore Igor Kozlovskij each added All-America honorable mention accolades. The 200 medley relay also earned All-America honorable mention honors. In the diving well, Bonuchi added three more first team All-America honors to his name to put his career total to eight. He now stands as the most decorated Tiger in program history.
Bonuchi finished seventh on the platform in the finals session with 362.20 points, after he advanced to the platform finals with a prelims score of 393.40. The Columbia, Mo., native earned first team All-America honors on all three diving events during the week, with finishes of third on the 1-meter, seventh on the platform and eighth on the 3-meter.
Tierney and Kozlovskij competed in Saturday evening's 200 breast consolation finals. Tierney took second in the race in 1:55.67 and Kozlovskij touched just behind his teammate in 1:55.88, good for third. The duo posted times of 1:54.49 and 1:55.54, respectively, in the prelims to advance. Kozlovskij's time marked a new career best.
Also competing in the 200 breast prelims was senior Jowan Qupty, who placed 20th with a time of 1:56.22.
Sophomore Mack Darragh just missed a spot in the 200 fly consolation finals, as he placed 17th in the event. Darragh's time of 1:44.26 was just 0.05 seconds off his school record of 1:44.21.
Mizzou's 400 free relay team of freshman Max Grodecki, sophomore Alex Glogoza, sophomore Eegan Groome and Tierney took 25th with a time of 2:56.33.
Six Gators Advance to Final Night of NCAA Championships
Heading into the final night of competition at the 2013 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship, Florida set themselves up nicely with six individuals and the 400 free relay advancing to the finals. The Gators will have four swimmers in championship finals, including three in the 200 fly. UF is fifth in the standings with 196.5 points after two days.
Freshman Corey Main (Auckland, New Zealand) swam a personal-best time of 1:41.55 to advance to tonight’s consolation final in the 200 back. Main is making his first NCAA final after joining the Gators in January. He currently has the eighth fastest time in UF history in the event. Also taking to the water in the 200 back was junior Connor Signorin (East Windsor, N.J.). He secured a new personal-best time as well after stopping the clock at 1:42.74 to finish 24th.
Both Gators that swam in the 200 breast preliminaries will swim again tonight in the finals. Sophomore Matt Elliott (Peoria, Ill.) set his second school record this year after he posted a time of 1:53.88 in the 200 breast. He surpassed Clark Burckle’s time of 1:53.89 and now holds the Florida record in both the 100 and 200 breast. His time qualified him fifth on the morning and will advance to the championship final.
Also moving on is fellow sophomore Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez (Madrid, Spain). He finished in a time of 1:55.13 ranking 13th overall during the prelim. That will advance him to the consolation final tonight.
Florida kept getting strong as the morning went on. They had three entries in the 200 fly, the final individual event of the day and all three advanced to the championship final tonight. Redshirt junior Sebastien Rousseau (Cape Town, South Africa) swam a solid race posting a personal-best time of 1:41.52. It was the second fastest time in the morning session.
Junior Marcin Cieslak (Warsaw, Poland) swam the fourth fastest time of the morning after touching the wall in 1:42.92. He advances to his third individual championship final in three events. So far he has two second place finishes at the NCAA Championships. Rounding out the trio is senior Cameron Martin (Clearwater, Fla.) who clocked in at 1:43.50 to qualify sixth heading into tonight.
Capping the morning off was the 400 free relay group for freshman Pawel Werner (Wroclaw, Poland), junior Brad deBorde (Longwood, Fla.), Main and sophomore Matthew Curby (Oviedo, Fla.). They combined for a time of 2:52.45 to advance as the eighth place qualifier in tonight’s championship final. This makes the fourth of five relays to swim in the championship final for Florida.
In the 100 free, deBorde just missed advancing to tonight’s final as he finished 19th after posting a time of 43.19 in the morning session. It was the last of his individual events for the national meet but will swim in the finals as part of the 400 free relay. The other Gator to dive in for the 100 free was Werner. Werner, who swam as part of the 800 free relay last night, finished 29th overall after touching the wall in 43.48. He will join deBorde in the 400 free relay.
The 1,650 free will swim all but the fastest heat prior to the finals session tonight. Swimming for Florida will be senior Jason Taylor (Plant City, Fla.) and sophomore Carlos Omana (Miami, Fla.) in the first heats. Freshman Arthur Frayler (Fort Washington, Pa.) will be in the fastest heat that will swim in the finals.
This will be the final night of competition for the 2013 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships at the IU Natatorium. The Gators will compete in all but one event of tonight’s final as they take to the water in the 1,650 free, 200 back, 200 breast, 200 fly and 400 free relay. Live stats are available through this link and the final session will be streamed live through ESPN3 here.
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South Carolina's Flach Places 27th in 200 Fly to Conclude NCAAs
INDIANAPOLIS -- South Carolina junior Michael Flach swam a time of 1:44.70 to finish 27th overall in the 200 butterfly preliminaries on Saturday morning at the 2013 NCAA Championships.
Flach came up just short of advancing to the finals, as it took a time of 1:44.22 to make the consolation final and a time of 1:43.67 to advance to the championship final. His time is the second fastest of his career and his fastest time in three trips to the NCAA Championships.
"All in all it was a pretty good morning. It was only the second time Michael has been under 1:45 in the 200 butterfly," South Carolina head coach McGee Moody said. "He was able to rebound really well this week after a not so good start in the 500 freestyle. He came back Friday night and had a great swim and set himself up with some confidence. We would have loved for him to make it back in the top 16, but it wasn't meant to be this morning. However, I'm still very proud of the time he swam and the effort he put out."
The 200 butterfly was the last event of the week for the Gamecocks, who were in 33rd place with four points heading into Saturday's preliminaries. Carolina's final standing will be determined after Saturday night's finals.
South Carolina earned four All-America honors on the week, as the Gamecocks' 800 freestyle relay team of junior Gerard Rodriguez, Flach, freshman Marwan El Kamash and junior Alex Fitton finished 15th in the event with a time of 6:24.54. It's the most All-America honors for South Carolina since earning four at the 2007 NCAA Championships with its 800 freestyle relay team, which finished 11th.
The Gamecocks will now turn their focus to training for the long course season. Carolina will have swimmers competing in the Charlotte Grand Prix in Charlotte, N.C. on May 9-12.
Auburn to Have Four Individuals, One Relay in Finals
INDIANAPOLIS - Auburn will have five scoring opportunities on the final night of the 2013 NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Championships after a strong preliminaries session Saturday at the IUPUI Natatorium.
Junior Marcelo Chierighini advanced to the championship final in the 100 freestyle with a time of 42.42, the third-fastest in the morning session. He took out his first 50 yards in a relatively easy 20.76, but had the second-best back-half split in the entire field with a 21.66 over his final 50 yards to come from behind and win his heat.
Fellow junior James Disney-May will get a return swim as well as he advanced to the consolation final with a personal-best time of 43.02, lowering his career-best mark by .36 seconds. It will be Disney-May's first finals appearance in the 100 free at the NCAA Championships.
The 400 freestyle relay team of Disney-May, Owens, TJ Leon and Chierighini will give Auburn one final scoring opportunity as they secured the third-best time of the morning, posting a 2:50.94 to win their heat. Owens and Chierighini provided splits of 41.98 and 41.87 as Auburn was the only team in the field to have two swimmers with legs under the 42-second mark.
Junior diver John Santeiu advanced to his third consolation final in as many days, earning a 15th-place finish in platform diving with a preliminary score of 321.85. Santeiu was outside the top-16 heading into the last round, but scored 72.00 points on his final dive to earn a spot in the consolation.
Owens and Stuart Ferguson wrapped up stellar individual Auburn careers Saturday morning with swims in the 200 backstroke and 200 breaststroke, respectively. Owens clocked a 1:45.02 in the 200 back, finishing 39th overall, and Ferguson posted a 2:00.73 in his heat of the 200 breast to finish 38th overall. Freshman Arthur Mendes also competed in the 200 butterfly, posting a 39th-place time of 1:47.43.
Junior Zane Grothe will swim in the final heat of the 1,650-yard freestyle to lead off the Saturday finals session, and Chierighini, Disney-May, and the 400 free relay will wrap up the meet for the Tigers. Finals get underway at 7 p.m. ET (6 p.m. CT) with a live broadcast on ESPN3.com. Fans can also follow @AuburnSwimming on Twitter for the latest updates.