Malone (200 free), Tribuntsov (100 back) Take 5th At NCAAs|
March 25, 2016
Junior Reed Malone, in his second A final this week, finished fifth in the 200y free while sophomore Ralf Tribuntsov repeated as an A finalist in the 100y back, also in fifth, to lead the Trojans on the third day of the 2016 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships in Atlanta on Friday (March 25).
The Trojans finished the third day of the NCAAs in 13th with 83 points.
Malone, in his first career NCAA A final in the 200y free, finished fifth in a personal best 1:32.54, making him the second-fastest Trojan ever in the race. He qualified for the A final after snaring the last spot in prelims with a 1:33.18, 0.10 off his original PR. Malone was third in the 500y free last night.
Tribuntsov, eighth in the 100y back last year, finished a career-best fifth today in 45.57. The Pac-12 champ in the race earned the final spot with a 45.62 in prelims, fifth best in the morning.
Freshman Patrick Mulcare turned in his first career NCAA scoring swim, finishing seventh in the B final with 3:43.32. He qualified for the second swim after going 3:42.87 in prelims, a PR.
In prelims, Tribuntsov went a season-best 46.27 for 21st in the 100y fly prelims while freshman Alex Valente went 46.53 for 25th. Freshman Carsten Vissering finished 26th in the 100y breast in 53.25 while junior Steven Stumph was 40th in 54.26. Sophomore Jon Knox finished 30th in the 100y back in 47.22, just off his PR.
Also in prelims, USC's 200y medley relay of Tribuntsov, Vissering, Valente and freshman Kyle Grissom were 18th in 1:26.20.
The NCAAs finish Saturday with prelims at 7 a.m. and finals at 3 p.m. PT.