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NCAA Opener
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 03/27/2014

AUSTIN, Texas – David Nolan and Kristian Ipsen each finished near the top of the podium in their respective individual events Thursday to open to the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships at Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.

“We had some little victories that didn’t show up on the scoreboard,” said Ted Knapp, the Goldman Family Director of Men’s Swimming. “We had several season-bests performances, and need to take advantage of scoring opportunities tomorrow.”

Friday’s prelims begin at 11 a.m. (CT) with finals at 7 p.m. Live results and video will be available at GoStanford.com.

Nolan fell short of defending his crown in the 200 IM, logging a 1:41.38 for third. Florida’s Marcin Cieslak (1:40.58) won with the fourth fastest time in NCAA history and breaking Ryan Lochte’s pool record of 1:40.97. Nolan, who put up the fastest freestyle split at 24.2, made a later charge before claiming the bronze.

Kremer earned an All-America citation in the event with his 16th-place 1:43.79.

Ipsen staked the silver off the 1-meter board. Ipsen was tied for third through the prelims with a 380.05, and went 436.55 in the finals to finish behind only Texas freshman Michael Hixon.

Joining Ipsen in the event was Bradley Christensen, whose 319.20 in the finals gave him an All-America honor.

“Kristian dived well, and just missed a dive in the finals,” said head diving coach Rick Schavone. “Bradley was very good in the prelims.”

Stanford is ninth with 46 points, as host Texas leads the field with 146 points. Cal (145) is second with Florida, Michigan and Georgia rounding out the top five.

Connor Black, Nolan, Thomas Stephens and Kremer checked in at 1:18.27 to finish 12th in the 200 free relay. Cal won the race in 1:15.27, just .01 off the American record set by Stanford in 2011.

In the 500 free prelims, Drew Cosgarea (4:17.11) was 17th, two spots ahead of Danny Thomson (4:17.23).

Nolan, Mason Shaw, Black and Kremer touched in 3:09.66 for 18th in the 400 medley relay.


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