Lee Qualifies For 200y Finals At NCAA Championships

March 29, 2003

Senior co-captain Jeff Lee earned a spot in the 200y fly final, juniors J.D. Abercrombie and Mike Gausman made the consolation final of the event and sophomore Ray Vincent secured a spot in the platform diving final in a short morning for USC on the final day of prelims at the 2003 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships at Texas in Austin on Saturday (March 29).

Senior Erik Vendt and freshman Ous Mellouli, two of the top-ranked milers in the country, will race in the timed finals of the 1650y free later today.

Lee, second in the event last year, took the last spot in finals after swimming a 1:44.78. Lee was second in the event last year and eighth in 2001.

Vincent, the 2003 Pac-10 and Zone E champion in the platform, qualified for his first career NCAA final, a noteworthy achievement after missing all of last year recovering from shoulder surgery.

Abercrombie, who won the 200y fly at the Pac-10 Championships this year in 1:45.04, swam a 1:45.05 today, good for 11th overall and guaranteeing him his first second swim at the NCAAs.

Gausman had to some extra work to earn his first NCAA second swim. After prelims, he finished tied for 16th at 1:45.60 with Georgia's Andrew Mahaney and had to race in a swim-off for the final consolation spot. He then beat Mahaney, 1:46.56 to 1:46.79, in the extra race. Gausman was 28th in the event last year.

Seniors David Ringe and Erik Tolmachoff also swam in the 200y fly, finishing 23rd (1:46.57) and 28th (1:47.48), respectively.

USC's 400y free relay of Lee, Mellouli, junior Trent Staley and freshman Mihaly Flaskay qualified for the consolation finals in 2:58.14, Troy's best mark of the season.

Staley also competed in the 200y back, finishing 20th (1:45.87).

Finals are at 7 p.m. CST.

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