Carter Reaches NCAA Final In 50 Free, Trojans Shatter School Mark In 400 Medley Relay|
March 23, 2017
Junior Dylan Carter sprinted to his first NCAA A final and joined juniors Ralf Tribuntsov and Santo Condorelli and sophomore Carsten Vissering on a school-record-shattering 400y medley relay to lead USC at the 2017 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Indianapolis on Thursday (March 23).
USC finished the first full day of racing in seventh with 75 points. Texas leads with 225.5 with Cal second (143). Florida is third (138.5) and followed by NC State (123), Indiana (121), Stanford (105), USC, Georgia (73), Missouri (71.5) and Auburn (69.5). The Trojans would’ve found themselves higher in the standings but for a disqualification in the 200y free relay prelims, which knocked out a promising evening relay.
Carter finished seventh in the 50y free championship final in 19.08, just off the PR 19.04 he exploded with in prelims to earn the A final berth. The 19.04 in the prelims earned the seventh seed as he became the second-fastest Trojan ever in the race behind Vladimir Morozov’s 18.63.
Tribuntsov and Condorelli tied for 19th in the 50y free prelims in 19.35, a PR for Tribuntsov, just 0.08 off of Condorelli’s best effort. In fact, Carter, leapfrogged Condorelli on USC’s all-time list today to take over the second spot.
The three sprinters joined Vissering to take fourth in the 400y medley relay final, lowering the school record by 2.31 seconds to 3:02.20 in an incredibly fast final race.
Tribuntsov opened the relay by breaking his 2015 school record with a 44.76, lowering the old mark by 0.19. He handed it off to Vissering, the 2017 Pac-12 100y breast champ, who clocked a 51.23 split. Carter switched over to fly for a 44.81 split while Condorelli closed with a 41.40.
“We could have rolled over and pouted about the relay DQ this morning to start the session, but the guys stepped up, put it behind them and had a good morning session,” USC Coach Dave Salo said. “They then came back with outstanding results in the 50 free and 400 medley relay.
“Dylan is going to be a work horse this week and making his first ever individual final tonight is spurring him on. The relay was incredible. A two-second drop and a new school record lit the team up! We’re looking forward to continuing the roll through tomorrow.”
Said Carter: “I’m really proud of the boys for stepping up to be the fastest Trojan relay ever tonight, especially after the rough morning of racing. I’m exciting for what to come over the next few days.”
Sophomore Patrick Mulcare broke USC’s record and set a PR with his 1:44.00 swim in the 200y IM prelims, which was one place out of the B final. Seniors Steven Stumph and Ridge Altman also raced in the event, though were saving it for their later 100y and 200y breast events Friday and Saturday.
Freshman diver Henry Fusaro reached the NCAA consolation finals in his first try, taking 12th on 1-meter with 334.20 after qualifying for the B final with 345.20. Junior Dashiell Enos just missed the B final, taking 18th with 322.45, his best finish in the event.
Enos is the two-time Pac-12 champ on 3-meter while Fusaro was second this year and the pair will compete on the board on Friday.
Senior Reed Malone swam in the 500y free and finished 25th in 4:17.86.
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