NCAA Division I Men’s Championships: Day Two Prelims

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota, March 25. THE second day of preliminary competition is complete at the NCAA Division I Men's Championships held on the campus of the University of Minnesota.

200 medley relay
California's Guy Barnea, Damir Dugonjic, Graeme Moore and Josh Daniels clocked a 1:24.39 for the top seed this evening in the finale. California will be looking to defend its 2010 title, and gain its third 200 medley relay title in addition to its first victory in 2005.

Texas' Cole Cragin, Scott Spann, Woody Joye and Jimmy Feigen placed second in 1:24.74, while Auburn's Kyle Owens, Adam Klein, Adam Brown and Drew Modrov qualified third in 1:24.93.

Stanford (1:25.28), Ohio State (1:25.29), Arizona (1:25.31), Florida (1:25.53) and Tennessee (1:25.70) also made the championship heat.

Penn State (1:25.74), Minnesota (1:25.80), UNLV (1:25.81), Michigan (1:25.96), Southern California (1:26.10), Louisville (1:26.64), Virginia (1:26.72) and Indiana (1:27.14) earned spots in the consolation heat.

Top 10 Average Scoring Running Projections*:
Texas (168.5), Stanford (165.5), California (163.5), Auburn (140), Arizona (128.5), Florida (99.5), Virginia (83.25), USC (71.25), Ohio State (70.5), Tennessee (69.5)

400 IM
Arizona's Austen Thompson threw down a 3:42.37 for the top seed in the distance medley event. He will be shooting for Arizona's first win ever in the event's history. North Carolina's Tyler Harris placed second in 3:42.48, while Michigan's Kyle Whitaker qualified third with a 3:43.82, and will be looking to give Michigan a five-year winning streak in the event. Alex Vanderkaay (2007, 08) and Tyler Clary (2009, 10) both went back-to-back the past four years.

Texas' Bryan Collins (3:43.91), California's Martin Liivamagi (3:43.93), Georgia's Bill Cregar (3:44.02), Florida's Mike Joyce (3:44.71) and North Carolina's Tom Luchsinger (3:44.81) also will vie for the national title this evening in the A final.

Florida's Conor Dwyer finished a surprising ninth with a 3:45.29, while California's Ben Hinshaw qualified 10th in 3:45.30. Ohio State's Justin Farra (3:45.99), Stanford's Matt Thompson (3:46.00), Florida's Connor Signorin (3:46.05), Texas' Austin Surhoff (3:46.47), Georgia's Peter Benner (3:46.52) and Virginia's Matt Houser (3:46.56) grabbed the rest of the transfer spots into the B final.

In the team race battle, Texas matched California with 1 up, 1 down, while Stanford only went 1 down.

Top 10 Average Scoring Running Projections*:
Texas (187.875), California (182.875), Stanford (170.125), Arizona (143.25), Auburn (140), Florida (123.5), Virginia (87.875), Michigan (81), Ohio State (75.125), USC (71.25)

100 fly
California made a major move in the 100 fly with a huge 3 up/1 down performance. Tom Shields, a favorite in the event as the defending champion, clocked a 44.96 for the top seed. That swim stands 13th all time in the history of the 100-yard fly. Shields stands fifth all time with a lifetime best of 44.78. Graeme Moore (45.78) and Nathan Adrian (45.89) qualified third and sixth for the Golden Bears.

Stanford's Austin Staab, the 2009 champion with an American record of 44.18, qualified second in 45.45. LSU's Hannes Heyl (45.77), Stanford's Bobby Bollier (45.85), Michigan's Dan Madwed (45.99) and Ohio State's Tim Phillips (46.00) also made the championship heat.

California's Mathias Gydesen (46.08), Georgia's Mark Dylla (46.15), Michigan's Sean Fletcher (46.17), Wisconsin's Dan Lester (46.19), Florida's Marcin Cieslak (46.32), UNLV's Cody Roberts (46.43), Texas' Jimmy Feigen (46.50) and Arizona's AJ Tipton (46.52) will swim for points in the consolation heat.

With that effort, Cal should be the first team to break 200 points this evening with an average projection of 231.75 points.

Top 10 Average Scoring Running Projections*:
California (231.75), Stanford (199.625), Texas (192.5), Arizona (147.875), Auburn (140), Florida (128.125), Michigan (100.375), Ohio State (89.875), Virginia (87.875), USC (71.25)

200 free
Virginia's Scot Robison led the way in the 200 free this morning with a 1:33.27, and will be looking to add to Matt McLean's 500 free win for the Cavaliers. Robison also cleared Simon Burnett's 2005 pool record of 1:33.28. Texas' Dax Hill finished second in 1:33.30, while Southern California's Clement Lefert took third in 1:33.38.

USC's Dimitri Colupaev (1:33.56), McLean (1:34.05), Florida's Brett Fraser (1:34.13), Florida's Sebastien Rousseau (1:34.22) and Stanford's Morgan Priestley (1:34.48) also earned spots in the A final.

Stanford's Alex Coville (1:34.54) and Jakob Allen (1:34.55) were the top two qualifiers into the B final, while Arizona's Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or (1:34.68), Texas' Scott Jostes (1:34.84), Texas A&M's Balazs Makany (1:34.85), Florida's Jeffrey Raymond (1:34.96), Tennessee's Ryan Harrison (1:35.01) and Virginia's David Karasek (1:35.07) will join them.

Stanford and Texas fought back into the team title conversation as California will score zero points in the event.

Top 10 Average Scoring Running Projections*:
California (231.75), Stanford (223.625), Texas (211.875), Florida (162.5), Arizona (152.5), Auburn (140), Virginia (122), USC (100.75), Michigan (100.375), Ohio State (89.875)

100 breast
California had its second 3 up, 1 down effort of the morning with a dominant outing in the 100 breast. Damir Dugonjic, the U.S. Open and NCAA record holder with a 50.86 from 2009, clocked a 51.70 in qualifying this morning. That time stands sixth all time in the event's history. Teammate Nolan Koon qualified second in 52.10 to move to 12gth on the all-time performers list, while Martti Aljand tied for third with a 52.39. Louisville's Carlos Almeida joined him in the top four with a 52.39 as well.

Dugonjic has won the event two straight years, and will be looking to join the likes of Brendan Hansen (4), Steve Lundquist (4), John Hencken (3), Jeremy Linn (3) and Ricahrd Nelson (3) as a three-time victor in the event.

Stanford's Curtis Lovelace (52.82), Arizona's Kevin Munsch (53.03), Minnesota's Ivan Gutesa (53.03) and Texas' Scott Spann (53.07) also will swim for the NCAA title tonight.

Texas' Eric Friedland (53.11), Ohio State's Elliott Keefer (53.11), Stanford's John Criste (53.14), Louisville's Kameron Chastain (53.15), Arizona's Kelley Wyman (53.16), Auburn's Adam Klein (53.17), California's Nicholas Ferrif (53.18) and Tennessee's Bradley Craig (53.31) moved their way into the B final.

Cal's four scoring spots should push them out to a healthy cushion tonight heading into the 100 back, based on the scoring projections.

Top 10 Average Scoring Running Projections*:
California (280.625), Stanford (243), Texas (231.25), Arizona (171.875), Florida (162.25), Auburn (144.625), Virginia (122), USC (100.75), Michigan (100.375), Ohio State (94.5)

100 back
Tom Shields, the leader in the 100 fly, will be looking for a title double this evening after clocking a 45.67 in the 100 back. Texas' Cole Cragin qualified second in 45.69, while Indiana's Eric Ress could be a spoiler with a third-seeded 45.74.

Arizona's Cory Chitwood (45.99), Arizona's Mitchell Friedemann (46.09), Auburn's Kyle Owens (46.09), Auburn's Tony Cox (46.11) and Florida's Marco Loughran (46.13) also made the big final.

Arizona's Ivan Tolic (46.35), Tennessee's Richard Henahan (46.52), Georgia's Matthew Bartlett (46.58), Stanford's Matthew Swanston (46.73), California's Mathias Gydesen (46.76), Tennessee's Sam Rairden (46.86), California's Guy Barnea (46.90) and Louisville's Brendon Andrews (47.01) comprise the small final field.

California will likely add to its leading tally with the 100 back, and be the first team to break 300 points.

Top 10 Average Scoring Running Projections*:
California (304.625), Stanford (247.625), Texas (246), Arizona (206), Florida (177), Auburn (174.125), Virginia (122), USC (100.75), Michigan (100.375), Ohio State (94.5)

Three-meter diving
Texas picked up some much needed points with 1 up, 1 down in diving. Drew Livingston topped prelims with 463.25 points, and will be looking to be the first Longhorn to win the three-meter since Troy Dumais won four straight from 1999 to 2002. Duke's Nick McCrory qualified second with 439.05 points, while USC's Harrison Jones placed third with 411.00 points. Purdue's David Boudia (408.95), Texas A&M's Grant Nel (408.35), Missouri's David Bonuchi (400.20), Arizona State's Constantin Blaha (391.30) and Florida State's Landon Marzullo (386.80) also will dive this evening.

Arizona State's Riley McCormick (385.80), Minnesota's Andrew Brown (378.30), Auburn's Daniel Mazzaferro (373.35), Purdue's JP Perez (370.20), Texas' Will Chandler (365.85), Indiana's David Piercy (364.10) and Alabama's Adam Booher (359.35) will dive in consolations soon to come.

Top 10 Average Scoring Running Projections*:
California (304.625), Texas (265.375), Stanford (247.625), Arizona (206), Auburn (178.75), Florida (177), Virginia (122), USC (115.5), Michigan (100.375), Ohio State (94.5)

* Average Scoring Projections based on the average points allotted to an A finalist (14.75) and a B finalist (4.625). Double points for relays.

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