Quintero Posts 4 Top 20 Finishes At Short Course World Championships

    Dec. 8, 2014

    Senior Cristian Quintero posted four top 20 finishes at the 2014 Short Course World Championships while recent USC great Katinka Hosszu completed a dominant meet the with four world-record swims and fellow former Trojan Ous Mellouli also won a silver medal during a fruitful week in Doha, Qatar.

    Quintero was a finalist in the 200m free and just missed two semifinal spots. He qualified for the 200m free final with the second-fastest time in prelims with a 1:42.40 before finishing eighth in the final in 1:43.45.

    Quintero just missed earning a second swim in the 50m free with a 21.65, good for 18th overall and .03 back of 16th, 0.40 behind eighth. He also finished 12th in the 400m free in 3:41.67, 1.16 out of eighth, and 19th in the 100m free in 47.92, missing a semifinal berth by 0.11.

    Hosszu won golds in the 100m back (55.03), 200m back (1:59.23), 100m IM (56.70) and 200m IM (2:01.86), all in world-record breaking performances. She also won silver medals in the 200m free, 400m IM and 200m fly and a bronze medal in the 50m back.

    Mellouli won his silver in the 1500m free, the event he won at the 2008 Olympics. He was the fastest in prelims in 14:36.46. In the final, he finished in 14:18.79, behind Italy's Gregorio Paltrinieri (14:16.10). He was also fourth in the 400m free (3:39.05) and 21st in the 200m free (1:44.24).