USC's 800y Free Relay Earns All-American Status

March 27, 2010

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Troy's 800y free relay of junior Clement Lefert, sophomore Patrick White, freshman Nick Karpov and senior Zoltan Povazsay earned All-American honors with a sixth-place finish in the timed final to lead the USC men's swimming and diving team at the NCAA Championships at Ohio State's McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on Saturday (March 27).

USC, 14th after the first day, moved into 11th with 86.5 points. California has taken over first (348.5) and is followed by Texas (330), Arizona (269), Florida (264), Stanford (221), Auburn (215.5), Michigan (160), Virginia (100), Ohio State (96.5), Georgia (92) and USC.

The Trojans' 800y free relay, the 2010 Pac-10 champion, finished sixth in 6:20.87. Texas won the race in 6:12.77. USC's All-American honors in the relay are its first since 2006.

Lefert, third in the 500y free on Friday, just missed qualifying for the final of the 200y free, taking ninth in 1:34.11. In the evening swim, he won the consolation final (ninth overall) in 1:33.84, the second fastest time in USC history, behind only his record of 1:33.67 (set at the Pac-10 Championships).

White was third in the same consolation final (11th overall) in 1:34.69 after placing 15th in prelims in 1:35.02.

Sophomore Dillon Connolly and junior Emmett Walling both swam in the consolation final of the 100y breast. Connolly took fifth (13th overall) in 53.35 while Walling was eighth (16th overall) in 54.02.

USC's 200y medley relay of Karpov, Walling, Lefert and sophomore Jeff Daniels finished fifth in the consolation final (13th overall) in 1:27.02.

Other USC finishers included senior James Martin in the 400y IM (25th, 3:50.84), freshman Alex Lendrum in the 100y back (37th, 48.54), Povazsay in the 200y free (39th, 1:37.72) and Richard Charlesworth in the 200y free (43rd, 1:38.05).

The meet concludes Sunday. Prelims begin at 12 p.m. with finals at 7 p.m. (EDT).

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