NCAA Swimming & Diving ACCtion: Friday, March 26

March 26, 2010

Horner Captures Silver
The 2010 NCAA Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships began Friday, March 26 on the campus of The Ohio State University after participant illnesses delayed the meet 24 hours. Florida State seemed to make the most of the extra practice day as senior Terry Horner captured his fifth NCAA All-American honors with a second place finish in the one-meter dive.

In the one-meter dive preliminaries Horner finished 6th with a score of 373.90, earning his best score of 71.30 on a inward 2 ½ somersault tuck. In the finals the Orlando, Florida native rose to s econd place with a score of 432.45. His best dive of the night was a forward 3 1/2 somersault tuck that earned 79.50 points.

Junior Landon Marzullo also competed in the one-meter dive Friday. In the preliminary rounds Marzullo finished 14th with a score of 353.00, with his best score of 72.00 coming on a forward 3 ½ somersault tuck. In the consolation finals Marzullo finished tied for 7th and tied for 15th overall with a score of 355.15, his best dive was a reverse 2 1/2 somersault tuck that earned 70.50 points.

Five Tar Heels Earn All-America Honors On First Day
The Tar Heel men's swimming and diving team stands in 25th place after the opening day of the 2010 NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships at Ohio State's McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Five Tar Heel swimmers earned honorable mention All-America honors on the first day of the meet as UNC posted a pair of 14th place finishes.

Altogether, UNC set or tied four school records on the first day of competition. The Tar Heels scored nine team points and stand in 25th place overall in the meet.

Redshirt junior Chip Peterson placed 14th in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:18.53, only 35 one-hundredths of a second off the school record time he posted last year. This is the third year in which Peterson has been named an All-America. He was a first-team All-America in 2007 and also earned honorable mention last year.

Two Virginia Relays Earn All-America Honors
Virginia's 200 free and 400 medley relay teams each picked up All-American honors as the first night of finals was held Friday at the 2010 NCAA Championships. The meet, which runs through Sunday, is being held at the McCorkel Aquatic Pavilion on Ohio State's campus.

Through six events, Virginia stands in eighth place with 53 points. Texas currently leads all teams with 145 points, followed by California (139) and Florida (118).

The 400 medley relay team moved up one spot from its prelim finish to place seventh overall. Eric Olesen, Tom Casey, Peter Geissinger and Scot Robison finished with a time of 3:10.59. 

Miami's Ross Collects Seventh Career All-America Honor
University of Miami senior diver Reuben Ross of the Hurricanes swimming and diving team completed his storied career at UM on Friday, taking fifth place, and yet another All-America honor, in the 1-meter springboard at the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships in Columbus, Ohio. This year's championships are taking place at the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on the campus of Ohio State University.

Reuben Ross, a native of Regina, Saskatchewan (Canada), concluded one of the most storied diving careers in UM history on Friday, picking up his seventh career All-America honor by finishing in fifth place on the 1-meter springboard, completing his last six dives with a total score of 395.80.

Ross began his final six dives in Orange and Green with a Back 1/2 Somersault Tuck to open his final round of scoring with a 67.50. He followed that with a Forward 3 1/2 Somersault Tuck for a 54.00. Ross sat in sixth place after two dives, trailing Purdue's David Boudia - last year's NCAA platform champion, as well as Florida State's Terry Horner.

Gal Nevo Earns All-American Honors in 200-IM at NCAA Men's Swimming Championships
Georgia Tech swimmer Gal Nevo finished eighth overall in the 200-IM on the first night of the 2010 NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Championships at the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio. With the eighth place finish, Nevo registers All-American honors in the 200-IM for the second straight season.

In preliminaries, the senior from Kibbutz Hamadia, Israel hit the wall in 1:43.80, and then finished in 1:45.21 in the finals to earn the eighth place finish. The time of 1:43.80 was a season-best for Nevo.

Nevo's debut in the Championships was delayed 24 hours, as first day action was pushed back a day due to heath concerns amongst several competitors at the Championships who were treated at the Ohio State Medical Center and the Ohio State Sports Medicine center for a possible gastrointestinal illness on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

Divers represent H2Okies on day one at NCAAs
After being delayed for 24 hours due to a sickness affecting many athletes at the 2010 NCAA Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships, divers Mikey McDonald and Logan Shinholser opened day one of the three-day tournament on Friday, competing in the one-meter event.

Neither McDonald nor Shinholser qualified for the finals in the event. McDonald earned 18th in the prelims with a score of 340.95, while Shinholser placed 33rd with a score of 274.70. The top-16 qualified for finals.

Charlie Higgins will compete in the 100 backstroke on Saturday, while McDonald and Shinholser will compete in the three-meter event. Preliminary action will start at noon, while finals will begin at 7 pm.