NCAA Division I Men's Championships: Florida's Conor Dwyer Upsets Defending Champ Jean Basson in 500 Free; Closest Finish in Event History -- March 26, 2010
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COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 26. FLORIDA's Conor Dwyer, a transfer from Iowa, had just enough in the tank to hold off a proud, hard-charging Jean Basson of Arizona in the 500 free.
Dwyer put together a strong time of 4:13.64 to win the event, and beat his preliminary pool record of 4:15.20. The win is Florida's second ever in the event. Matt Cetlinski is the only previous Gator to win with a 4:15.19 in 1986.
"It's a true honor to win a race with such great competition," Dwyer said. "My aim was just to go out and try to help us win some races."
Basson, who won last year in 4:08.92, nearly caught Dwyer from lane eight with a 4:13.65. Dwyer's .01 triumph in the event is the closest margin of all time in the event in NCAA history. USC's Klete Keller held the previous record with a .04 conquest of Michigan's Chris Thompson, 4:14.67 to 4:14.71, in 2001.
USC's Clement Lefert took third overall in 4:13.77, while Stanford's David Mosko (4:13.92) and Ohio State's George Markovic (4:14.41) finished fourth and fifth.
Notably, Michigan's Hassaan Abdel Khalik, the second seed, broke his hand in prelims and wound up swimming through to an eighth-place effort of 4:55.68 to give Michigan team points.
Florida took the lead with 56 points, while Stanford stood second in 51. Arizona (43), California (40) and Michigan (38) completed the top five.
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