Carter, Vissering, Tribuntsov All NCAA Finalists On Night 3 Of Championships|
March 24, 2017
Junior Dylan Carter tied for second in the 200y free, sophomore Carsten Vissering raced to third in the 100y breast and junior Ralf Tribuntsov was fifth in the 100y back on a huge day of racing for USC at the 2017 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Indianapolis on Friday (March 24).
USC battled to remain seventh after three nights of racing with 142.5 points, with one day to go. Texas leads with 391.5 with Cal second (253). Florida is third (224.5) and followed by NC State (196), Indiana (189.5), Stanford (160), USC, Georgia (141), Missouri (131.5) and Louisville (102.5).
Carter, a day after reaching his first NCAA A final with a seventh in the 50y free, blazed to a tie for second in the 200y free with Indiana’s Blake Pieroni in 1:31.16, both behind only Texas NCAA and American record holder Townley Haas, who won in 1:30.64.
Carter’s time was just off the school-record performance he posted Wednesday in 1:30.95 to open USC’s 800y free relay. He’s the third-fastest collegian all time in the race behind Haas and Pieroni, both American Olympic relay gold medalists.
Carter, who swam a 1:32.17 in prelims to qualify for the 200y free final, now turns to the 100y free Saturday and has a chance to become USC’s first three-time individual All-American since Vladimir Morozov in 2013.
Vissering broke his school record en route in the 100y breast with a 51.40 as he became USC’s first All-American in the event since Morozov, also in 2013, and just the second since 2005. He swam a 51.91 to qualify for the final. Texas’ Will Lincon won in 50.68 while Missouri’s Fabian Schwingenschloegl went 50.77.
Tribuntsov became the first Trojan to reach the NCAA 100y back final three straight times since John Naber won it four times in a row (1974-77) with his fifth-place finish tonight in 45.13. He was also fifth last year and was eighth as a 2015 freshman.
“It was a great night for the Trojans,” USC Coach Dave Salo said. “The guys stepped up tonight and had some strong finals performances to move us within striking range of the top six teams. We are having a strong meet with some good races ahead of us in the final day tomorrow, and the guys are already talking about doing big things next season. I’m really proud of this team.”
Junior diver Dashiell Enos became a first-time NCAA point scorer today with an 11th-place finish on 3-meter with 425.85 points, including a list-best 80.60 points on his second attempt. Freshman Henry Fusaro scored for the second day in a row with a 14th-place finish (374.90). Fusaro was ninth in prelims with 379.60, just 13 points out of the A final. Enos qualified for B after a 15th in prelims (352.45).
USC just missed an A final in the 200 medley relay out of prelims, its 1:24.01 just 0.04 out of eighth and 0.03 off the school record). The Trojans finished third in the evening’s B final as Tribuntsov, Vissering, sophomore Kyle Grissom and junior Santo Condorelli went 1:24.34.
In other prelim swims, sophomore Patrick Mulcare was 22nd in the 400y IM (3:44.69), sophomore Alex Valente was 33rd in the 100y fly (46.58), senior Reed Malone was 32nd in the 200y free (1:35.04), senior Steven Stumph was 40th in the 100y breast (53.35), senior Ridge Altman was 45th (54.30) and junior Jon Knox was 26th in the 100y back (46.70) with a PR.
The meet concludes Saturday with prelims at 7 a.m. and finals at 3 p.m. (PT).
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