Gosper 11th In 50y Free At NCAA Championships

March 27, 2008

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Senior co-captain Richard Gosper finished 11th in the 50-yard freestyle, this after swimming the second fastest time in school history in prelims, to lead USC on the first day of the 2008 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash., on Thursday (March 27).

Gosper, making his second NCAA Championships appearance, swam a 19.58 in prelims to qualify 13th and earn a second swim, just off his school record 19.54 set last December. He then went 19.63 to earn 11th in the consolation final, scoring individually for the first time in his Trojan career. The 19.58 in prelims was also the second-fastest swim in school history.

USC's 400y medley relay quartet of juniors Ankur Poseria and Vanni Mangoni and seniors Bryce Elser and Gosper finished 16th in 3:16.78. They swam 3:15.71 to earn a spot in finals.

The same unit, in the order of Gosper, Elser, Poseria and Mangoni, swam 1:20.64 in the 200y free relay, finishing 20th.

Freshman Steven Starks (265.00) was 27th in his first NCAA Championship event. He will also compete in the 3-meter and platform.

Mangoni competed in the 200y IM, but was disqualified on an illegal turn. An All-American last year in the 400y IM, he will have a chance to swim that on Friday.

The meet continues Friday and Saturday, prelims at noon and finals at 7 p.m. (PDT).

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