Arizona State's Attila Czene, the 1996 Olympic champion, qualified first in the 200m individual medley during prelims at the men's NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Minneapolis. Czene, a Hungarian, clocked 1:57.03, half a second ahead of the University of Texas's Nate Dusing at 1:58.05.
Georgia senior Beau Wiebel surprised by qualifying third in 1:58.86. Texas's Joe Montague was fourth in 1:58.86
Rounding out the top eight were Kevin Clements, Auburn (1:58.88); Zane deWitz, Tenn. (1:58.97); Jeff Somensatto, Auburn (1:59.270; and Steven Brown, Stanford (1:59.37).
It took a sub-two-minute swim just to make B finals. Qualifying for the B final were Tony Kurth, Mich.; Ryan Lusk, Fla., Rob Canales, Stan., Nick Kaschik, USC; Ben Anderson, Ariz.; Tamas Kerekjarto, USC; Dave Denniston, Aub.; and Heath Edwards, Georgia.