Huge Final Night, USC Finishes Sixth At NCAA Championships|
March 25, 2017
Juniors Dylan Carter, Santo Condorelli and Dashiell Enos as well as sophomore Patrick Mulcare all reached A finals, as did Troy's 400y free relay, in a huge final night for USC at the 2017 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships in Indianapolis, Ind., on Saturday (March 25).
USC finished sixth with 237 points, its third top 6 finish in the last 5 years and its sixth top 8 finish in the last seven years. Texas won the team title with 542 points and was followed in the top 10 by California (349), Florida (294.5), NC State (272.5), Stanford (242), USC, Indiana (229.5), Georgia (183), Missouri (179.5) and Alabama (153.5). Had Troy not DQ'd in its 200y free relay, it might have broke the top 4.
Mulcare turned in the fifth-fastest 200y back ever en route to third place with a 1:37.80, also the fourth time he broke his school record in the race in the last month. Mulcare stuck with four-time champion Ryan Murphy of Cal and John Shebat of Texas throughout the race. Murphy won in 1:36.75 while Shebat touched in second in 1:37.24. It was Mulcare's second straight A final in the race after finishing eighth as a freshman.
Carter (41.76) and Condorelli (41.77) finished within 0.01 of each other to take fourth and tie for fifth, respectively, in the fastest NCAA 100 free of all time. Florida's Caleb Dressel won the race in an American record 40.00. The final five spots were within 0.09 of each other.
Carter and Condorelli, now the second and third fastest Trojans ever in the race, are the first pair of Trojans in the 100y free championships final since Erik Ran and Bjorn Zikarsky in 1991. Junior Ralf Tribuntsov also scored in the event, finishing seventh in the B final in 42.76.
For Carter, who had never made an NCAA A final before, it wrapped a fantastic week in which he was a six-time All-American, reaching three individual finals (50y, 100y and 200y free) and swimming on three All-American relays. The 100y free was also Condorelli's first ever NCAA A final.
"It was another outstanding day of swimming and diving," USC Coach Dave Salo said. "The guys just kept feeding off of each other's performances and turned in one of our best efforts ever. I can't describe how proud we are of this team. We fought back every swim, every session, to crawl back into the rankings. I think overall we had one of the best meets from top to bottom.
"I can't say enough about Dylan Carter, who really turned things around this year to lead the team every day. And Santo Condorelli, swimming with a broken rib the last few weeks to serve up important relay legs. And Pat Mulcare's confidence will play well over the next two seasons. Ralf was finally feeling his way to be a top performer in more than one event.
Enos, like Condorelli in his first career NCAA A final after scoring for the first time Friday on 3-meter, finished sixth on platform with 428.30, including earning 80.00 points on his final dive. He earned his first All-American honor on the heels of his seventh-place finish in prelims with 383.40.
USC closed the night with a strong third in the 400y free relay as Condorelli (with an opening 41.87), Tribuntsov, Carter and senior Reed Malone swam to 2:47.33, just 0.27 off the school record.
Said Malone, USC's first three-time co-captain who closes his career as a seven-time All-American: "Our performance this weekend was the manifestation of the camaraderie this team has shared for the entire season. Through adversity our confidence in each other never wavered and it paid off with great individual performances and an even better team performance. Our goal is always to try to make our teammates back home and alumni proud and hope we did that this weekend. Fight On."
Senior Steven Stumph, in his third consecutive NCAA 200y breast B final, finished sixth in 1:54.42. In earlier prelim swims on the final day, junior Jon Knox was 33rd in the 200y back (1:43.54), senior Ridge Altman was 22nd in the 200y breast (1:55.15) while sophomore Carsten Vissering was 26th (1:55.48), while sophomore Alex Valente was 27th in the 200y fly (1:43.91).
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