Malone (500 Free), Pollard (1-Meter) NCAA Finalists on Day 2|
March 24, 2016
Senior diver Collin Pollard became USC’s first NCAA 1-meter finalist since 2009 while junior Reed Malone repeated as a third-place finisher in the 500y free A final to highlight the Trojans’ efforts Thursday (March 24) at the McAuley Aquatic Center in Atlanta on the campus of Georgia Tech.
USC is 14th with 53 points after the second day of competition and the first full day of action. Texas leads with 209 and is followed in the top 5 by Florida (163), California (141), North Carolina State (137) and Michigan (90).
Malone turned in his second consecutive third-place in the 500y free with a 4:12.55. He made a mid-race move into the top 3 and briefly challenged for the lead before racing to the wall for third place. Texas’ Townley Haas took first at 4:09.00 with Florida’s Mitch D’Arrigo second (4:09.98).
Pollard made his NCAA scoring debut with two B finals as a 2015 junior, but made the leap to NCAA A finalist and All-America first team status today with a seventh on 1-meter with 392.75 points. He earned the finalist spot by snaring eighth in prelims in 360.90, just 2.50 points ahead of two divers tied for ninth, one of which was senior teammate Deon Reid.
For Reid, his prelim tie for ninth earned him a spot in his first career NCAA B final, where he performed excellently again and took second (10th overall) with 367.95 points.
Pollard, a career-best second this year on the board at Pac-12s, is USC’s first 1-meter finalist since Harrison Jones in 2009.
“I am so pleased with the first diving event today,” USC Coach Hongping Li said. “Collin and Deon really opened it with a super performance. The key success for both divers was to dive with fun and to meet a personal target score, which they did.”
In prelim swimming, USC’s 200y free relay of sophomore Ralf Tribuntsov, sophomore Jon Knox, junior David Morgan Jr., and freshman Kyle Grissom finished 19th in 1:18.88. Knox later swam in his first career NCAA individual event, taking 46th in the 50y free (20.46). Sophomore Pawel Furtek and senior Ted Singley, each in their second NCAAs, finished 46th (4:23.13) and 50th (4:25.64), respectively. Freshman Patrick Mulcare led USC’s efforts in the 200y IM, finishing 26th in 1:44.86. Junior Steven Stumph finished 50th in 1:52.04, saving up for the next two days of breaststroke.
The Trojans ended prelims on a sour note, getting disqualified during the 400y medley relay for an early start.
Action continues Friday and Saturday with prelims at 7 a.m. and finals at 3 p.m. PT.
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