Trojans Open NCAA Championships With Ninth In 800 Free Relay|
March 23, 2016
No. 9 USC finished ninth in the timed final of the 800y free relay to kick off the 2016 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships in the one-event first day Wednesday (March 23) at the McAuley Aquatic Center in Atlanta on the campus of Georgia Tech.
The Trojans quartet of freshman Patrick Mulcare, junior Michael Domagala, senior Morten Klarskov and junior Reed Malone finished in 6:17.38, second in their second heat but 1.27 seconds out of a top 8 finish.
Mulcare opened with a personal best 1:34.16 and was followed by Domagala’s 1:34.44 leg. Klarskov posted a 1:36.84 while Malone, USC’s anchor on last year’s NCAA title winner, came home in 1:31.94, just off his time last year. Last year’s relay, however, came at the end of two grueling days of racing while this year’s relay opened the meet.
Thursday’s first day of prelims begins at 7 a.m. PT with finals at 3 p.m. PT.
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