Reed Malone 3rd In 500y Free, Trojans 6th After NCAAs Day 1

    March 26, 2015


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    Sophomore Reed Malone and senior Cristian Quintero finished third, and fifth, respectively, in the 500y free while the 200y free relay was also fifth to highlight USC's first night of finals at the 2015 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships in Iowa City, Iowa, on Thursday (March 26).

    The Trojans finished sixth after the first day with 77 points. Texas leads with 171 and is followed in the top 10 by California (119), Florida (108), Michigan (105), Alabama (79), USC, Stanford (75), Auburn (67), Georgia (71.5) and Arizona (54.5).

    Malone finished third in 4:11.94 after qualifying fifth in prelims in 4:13.07. He was 14th in the race last year. Quintero, the defending NCAA champion in the distance, swam a 4:13.24 to qualify seventh for the final and swam out of lane 1 in the final. He took fifth in 4:13.21. Texas' Clark Smith won with a 4:09.72.

    Sophomore Santo Condorelli, in his first career NCAA individual event after swimming on relays last year, finished eighth in the 50y free `B' final (16th overall), in 19.68. He clocked a 19.34 in prelims, 0.04 off of an `A' final berth. Sophomore Dylan Carter just missed a second swim in the race in prelims and tied for 19th in 19.41, a time that improved his standing as USC's third-fastest ever in the race.

    In prelims of the 200y free relay, sophomores Condorelli and Carter, freshman Ralf Tribuntsov and Quintero went 1:15.85 to break the school record (1:16.22) and earn the second seed in the final.

    In the final, with senior Luca Spinazzola replacing Quintero as the anchor, Troy finished fifth in 1:16.55, moving up a spot after apparent winner North Carolina State was disqualified.

    Junior Collin Pollard became USC's first Trojan diver to score at the NCAAs since 2011 when he finished 11th on 1-meter in his NCAA debut with a personal record 387.00 points. He earned a spot in the `B' final thanks to a strong final dive in prelims that propelled him to 15th with 347.95.

    Pollard is one of a school-record four Trojan divers competing at the NCAAs, all in their first championships meet. Freshman Dashiell Enos was 28th (325.40) on 1-meter while senior Jordan Gear was 34th (307.25). All three will compete on 3-meter Friday. Junior Deon Reid will compete with Pollard on platform Saturday.

    Said USC Head Diving Coach Hoingping Li: "Collin stepped up nicely today and showed great improvement to move into third in the consolation finals. I'm very proud that he got a personal best today."

    USC's 400y medley relay with Spinazzola, senior Andrew Malone, Condorelli and Tribuntsov placed 10th in prelims in 3:06.75, 0.34 out of eighth. In the `B' final, Tribuntsov, Malone, sophomore Michael Domagala and Quintero finished third (11th overall) in 3:05.60.

    The Trojans had a handful of swimmers in the 200y IM prelims, led by Spinazzola, whose 1:45.10 placed him 31st and made him the fifth-fastest Trojan ever in the event. Domagala (1:46.21, 45th), junior Ridge Altman (1:52.95, 53rd) and sophomore Steven Stumph (1:55.18, 54th) all made their NCAA debuts in the race. Junior Morten Klarskov was 40th (1:45.73) and senior Cary Wright finished in 1:48.05 (52nd).

    Said USC Head Coach Dave Salo: "We weren't quite as good as we wanted to be today and definitely left some points out there. But the next two days are strong for us and we've still got some good relays to go, so we're looking forward to getting back at it tomorrow morning."