NCAA Division I Men's Championships: Day Three Prelims -- March 28, 2010

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COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 28. THE final day of prelims is underway at the NCAA Division I Men's Championships.

200 back

Texas made a big move in the 200 back with a potential two up, two down finish. A swimoff between Texas' Hill Taylor and Florida's Marco Loughran, who tied for eighth with matching 1:41.55s could have a big impact on the team title race.

Michigan's Tyler Clary led the way with a 1:39.64 for the top seed. Texas' Austin Surhoff finished second in 1:40.34, while Arizona's Cory Chitwood placed third in 1:40.45. Stanford's Eugene Godsoe (1:40.47), Florida's Omar Pinzon (1:40.90), Arizona's Jake Tapp (1:41.12) and Arizona's Bryan O'Connor (1:41.44) completed the top seven.

Shortly after the 200 breast preliminary round, Loughran downed Taylor, 1:40.88 to 1:43.91 in the swimoff.

The projected points should Taylor make the big final for Texas has the Longhorns taking the lead with 368 points (projected point adjustments accounting for Taylor not making the top eight begin after the 200 breast in this article). California dropped to second with 353 points. Arizona (313), Florida (288) and Stanford (240) were among the top five.

100 free
Texas had another strong event by going two up, two down in preliminary qualifying in the 100 free. Dave Walters (42.28) and Jimmy Feigen (42.33) qualified third and fourth, while Ben Vanroekel (43.11) and Scott Jostes (43.22) picked up the 15th and 16th spots.

California went two up, one down with Nathan Adrian topping prelims with a pool record 42.01. That swim beat the pool record of 42.99 set by Curt Carlson of Minnesota in 2008. Carlson wound up making the consolation heat in 42.97 for an 11th-place tie. Graeme Moore of Cal also made the big final with a sixth-place 42.36, while Josh Daniels took ninth for Cal in 42.78.

Stanford's David Dunford (42.21), Auburn's Adam Brown (42.33), Auburn's Gideon Louw (42.41) and Cincinnati's Josh Schneider (42.44) completed the top eight.

Texas continued to pile on projected points, moving its leading tally to 407. Cal remained in second with 387 projected points, while Arizona (313), Florida (297) and Stanford (259) comprised the top five.

200 breast
Arizona hurt California's chances of making up some points on Texas in the 200 breast with a monstrous two up, three down. Cal went one up, and had five swimmers finish in the 17-23 range, including a huge disqualification of Sean Mahoney for a downward butterfly kick. He likely would have made the championship final.

Texas, meanwhile, finally had the chance to see what Scott Spann could do after a year off due to injury. Spann clocked a pool record time of 1:52.24, which cleared Mike Alexandrov's 2007 standard of 1:52.93. Spann's performance is the ninth fastest ever, and moved him up from 13th all time to seventh – right behind Eric Shanteau's 1:52.06 from last year.

Arizona's Clark Burckle qualified second in 1:52.75 to move into 11th all time in the event. Auburn's Adam Klein finished third in 1:53.55. Cal's Martti Aljand (1:54.07), Stanford's Curtis Lovelace (1:54.25), Texas' Eric Friedland (1:54.49), Louisville's Carlos Almeida (1:54.69) and Arizona's Jack Brown (1:54.70) also will compete for the national title.

Texas held onto the projected points lead with 426 points, including an adjustment after Taylor lost to Loughran in the swimoff immediately following the 200 breast. Cal stood second with 402 points, while Arizona (356), Florida (307) and Stanford (279) owned the other top five spots.

200 fly
Cal's Tom Shields helped his team recover with a top-seeded time of 1:41.77. That swim moved Shields ahead of Mel Stewart (1:41.78) for eighth all time in the event. Shields also beat the facility record of 1:42.11 set by Michigan's Dan Madwed last month at Big Tens.

Florida's Shaune Fraser, the defending champion, qualified second in 1:42.19, while Georgia's Mark Dylla finished third in 1:42.28. Stanford's Bobby Bollier (1:42.28) also tied for third, while Florida's Sebastian Rousseau (1:42.82), Madwed (1:43.15), Wisconsin's Daniel Lester (1:43.18) and Stanford's David Mosko (1:43.22) pocketed the final transfer spots into the big finale.

Texas, who only qualified Ricky Berens (1:43.98) into the consolation heat, held onto a slim projected points lead with 431 points. Cal made up some ground with a one up, one down (Robert Sullivan qualified 14th with a 1:44.38) with 421 points. Arizona (356), Florida (336) and Stanford (308) were the only other teams to clear 300 points in the projection.

400 free relay
Auburn will be looking to defend its title from last year, and win its third out of four years, after Christopher Fox, Adam Brown, Michael Silva and Gideon Louw paced prelims with a 2:50.85. That performance wiped out the pool record of 2:52.83 set by Minnesota in 2007.

In the team title race, Texas edged California for the second seed. Texas' Scott Jostes, Jimmy Feigen, Benjamin Vanroekel and Dave Walters clocked a 2:51.54, while Cal's Nathan Adrian, Graeme Moore, Joshua Daniels and Tom Shields touched third in 2:51.76.

Kentucky (2:52.44), Stanford (2:52.56), Florida (2:52.90), Arizona (2:53.19) and Minnesota (2:53.29) also earned spots in the championship heat.

Texas remained in the projected point lead with 467 points, and could add some security points should the Longhorn divers do what they are capable of in the platform diving event to come later this afternoon. California sits second with 455 points, while Arizona (382), Florida (364) and Stanford (338) are battling for third. Auburn (299) and Michigan (212) also have cleared 200 points.

Platform diving
Texas made a major move, and might have closed the door on California, when Drew Livingston (432.75) and Matt Cooper (402.75) qualified fifth and sixth in the tower preliminary rounds.

Meanwhile, Purdue's David Boudia put himself in position to become the first man to ever sweep all three diving titles since the NCAA began recognizing the platform competition as a scoring event in 1990. Boudia already swept the one and three meter springboard events the first two night. Boudia tallied 487.10 points to lead the preliminary round.

Purdue nearly had all five divers score on platform with Boudia, David Colturi (eighth), J.P. Perez (ninth) and Danny Cox (13th) all qualifying for points. Kyle Mitrione just missed scoring as well with a 17th-place finish.

Arizona State's Riley McCormick (471.4), Duke's Nick McCrory (469.70), Ohio State's Wes Wieser (453.60) and Auburn's Kelly Marx (396.50) also made the championship eight.

In the team projections, Texas looks to be well on its way to giving Eddie Reese his 10th career coaching title with 497 projected points. If Texas does capture the title, Reese would become the first coach to win an NCAA title in four decades. His nine titles came in 1981, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1996, 2000, 2001 and 2002. A win in 2010 would give him a title in a fourth decade. A 10th title would move him behind only Ohio State's Mike Peppe (11) for the most men's NCAA titles in history.

Cal (455), Arizona (382), Florida (364) and Stanford (338) are looking to complete the top five.

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March 28, 2010 Mahoney DQ'de in 200br heats? Yikes, Cal goes 1 up only in event they should have piled up points into.
Submitted by: outside smoke
March 28, 2010 Please! Please! Let the Americans win!!!
Submitted by: swimfan3
March 28, 2010 I'm not giving up on Cal yet, but it's looking increasingly grim--Texas divers who were seeded 17th and 18th both made top 8 for finals! gotta hand it to that team. I know it's a long shot, but Cal won't go down without a fight! Still they will need to nail every race and have TX drop alot of places to have any chance.

Btw, outsidesmoke, a poster on the blog said re: the Cal breaststrokers that Coach Durden had very animated discussion with officials and "There might be some concern that the Cal breaststrokers were singled out by another team in the coaches' meeting.", another poster remarked that the Cal breaststrokers were all doing dolphin kicks into the turns and should have all been DQ'd. Not sure if this a real issue, does anyone know more about this? It was very hard to tell on the video but it did look like there was a dolphin kick by Mahoney on the 3rd turn there. Anyway, even if Mahoney hadn't been DQ'd TX would still be comfortably ahead in the projected points.
Submitted by: liquidassets
March 28, 2010 Maybe it's time to split the swimming and diving parts into separate championships cause it looks like the team that is not the best one in swimming will win the title, just like in the womens NCAAs.
Submitted by: kalesony
March 28, 2010 Well I agree with the splitting them up, that issue came up during the women's championships too, but likely not going to happen if it's a $ issue, even though they could keep everything else just the same and score them separately. Not really fair to most of the diving powerhouses either, who would otherwise have a shot at a national diving championship.

But Texas is ahead fair and square by the current rules and they have some great divers, so we gotta give credit where it is due right now.
Submitted by: liquidassets
March 28, 2010 He has a major deficit not recruiting outside the U.S. If Texas wins there should be celebrating around the U.S. Eddie Reese is by far the best coach this sport has ever seen or the top five. So go pout somewhere else, how dare you say now you don't want diving in it! That would be like saying we can't have foreigners in there. Shame on you poor sports!!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted by: swimfan3
March 28, 2010 In any meet like this one could say, well if Berens had a better prelim 200 fly, if Taylor won that swim off, etc. In the case of Cal it's the 200 breastrokers. A lethal DQ, but as well a bunch of them finished 17th-23rd. This and a 10th place in the 800 fr relay just stick out. Diving's always a debate, but elite teams without a good diver can put more scholarship money there. Texas stood up in the last session and got a good # of athletes in the top 8. Unless they DQ some swims, the math looks too overwhelming for Texas to possibly lose.

If so, congrats Eddie Reese, one of the classiest ambassadors of the sport we love.
Submitted by: outside smoke
March 28, 2010 No shame here, as per my comments previously, I give TX alot of credit, and more so given the recruiting limitations imposed on the team. I'm not motivated to celebrate for them just because their swimmers are all from U.S.A., but I do hope their swimmers/divers perform their best tonight just as I do all the teams. Kalesony brought up a very obvious issue about the diving which reasonable people can and have often disagreed about, but I will put off discussing it til a future date as I don't want to take the wind out of anyone's sails. Game on!
Submitted by: liquidassets
March 29, 2010 By bringing up the issue of separating the swimming and diving scores, my intention was not to hate on any particular teams but to question the fairness of the current system. Texas had a great meet and hats of to them. Swim fan3 look up the word "xenophobia" in the dictionary.
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2010MNCAADI  Tyler Clary places first in the prelims of the 200 backstroke at the 2010 Men's NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships.
Photo By: Peter H. Bick

2010MNCAADI  Scott Spann places first in the prelims of the 200 breaststroke at the 2010 Men's NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships.
Photo By: Peter H. Bick

2010MNCAADI  Thomas Shields places first in the prelims of the 200 butterfly at the 2010 Men's NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships.
Photo By: Peter H. Bick

2010MNCAADI  Nathan Adrian places first in the prelims of the 100 freestyle at the 2010 Men's NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships.
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