Sophomore standout looks to Saturday for top-16 finish in his prime event (200 back)
March 29, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Missouri State sophomore Paul Le completed his second individual event of the 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships, competing in the 100-yard backstroke on Friday (March 29) at the IU Natatorium. The second swim comes one day removed from Le’s NCAA debut -- 45th-place in the 200-yard individual medley.
On Friday, Le clocked in at 47.57 to finish 33rd overall in the 100 back and just two spots below his original seed position. His time was a half second slower than his school record (47.07) set during prelims at the MAC Championships, and was slightly off pace from his MAC finals time of 47.41. The sophomore was not the only swimmer on the second day to add time in his event. More than 60 percent of the swimmers in the 100 backstroke were unable to drop time in prelims.
This year’s 100 back field is significantly faster than the 2012 NCAA Championships in Federal Way, Wash. Last year, 46.69 was the time needed to qualify for the 100 back championship finals, while 47.08 earned 16th place and a spot in consolations.
Michigan’s Miguel Ortiz secured the top seed for tonight’s 100 back final with a prelims time of 45.48. Eighth-place finisher James Wells (IU) went a 46.14, more than five tenths faster than eighth place in 2012. A swim-off was required for the final spot in consolations after Penn State’s Nate Savoy and USC’s Luca Spinazzola split 46.59, nearly .5 seconds quicker than the 2012 16th-place mark.
Bears’ Paul Le will wrap up his weekend at the most prestigious collegiate meet with the 200 backstroke on Sunday. The sophomore from Moore, Okla., enters Saturday with the 18th-fastest seed time (1:42.44). The 200 back will start things off on the final day of competition at the NCAA Championships, which is set for 11 a.m. (ET). All the action will once again be streamed live for free at: http://www.ihigh.com/indianasportscorp/.
In addition, Friday and Saturday’s finals sessions (7 p.m. ET) will be covered by ESPN3. Check your local listings for availability as start times are subject to change.