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FEDERAL WAY, Washington, March 22. GEORGIA's Martin Grodzki had just enough in the tank to hold off a hardcharging Cristian Quintero of Southern California for the men's 500-yard freestyle triumph at the NCAA Division I Men's Championships.
Grodzki held on with a 4:12.95 for the win, while Quintero took second in 4:13.07. Grodzki gave Georgia's its second 500 free victory of all time in NCAA history, joining only Sebastien Rouault as NCAA titlists in the event. Rouault won in 2008 with a 4:09.48.
The close finish is not the smallest margin of victory of all time as Florida's Conor Dwyer (4:13.64) edged Arizona's Jean Basson (4:13.65) by just .01 seconds in 2010.
Stanford's Chad La Tourette (4:13.92), Auburn's Zane Grothe (4:15.42), Michigan's Connor Jaeger (4:15.67), Michigan's Sean Ryan (4:17.27), Texas' Michael McBroom (4:20.11) and Stanford's Bobby Bollier (4:22.80) comprised the rest of the championship field.
California's Will Hamilton made it the second straight outside triumph for the Golden Bears with a 4:15.04 from lane one in the B final. Florida State's Mateo De Angulo took second in 4:16.32, while Southern California's Chad Bobrosky placed third in 4:19.40. Indiana's James Barbiere (4:17.69), Stanford's Drew Cosgarea (4:17.87), Stanford's David Mosko (4:18.18) and Arizona's Matthew Barber (4:19.40) also competed in the consolation heat.
Stanford jumped into the team lead with 62 points, while California, Southern California and Auburn were all tied for second with matching 49s. Texas held fifth with 42 points, while Michigan was the only other team to crack 40 points with 41 for sixth.
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