Two tie for 50-yard freestyle title at NCAAs

AUSTIN, Texas – Three months ago, Alabama's Kristian Gkolomeev lived in Greece. Two months ago, Arizona's Brad Tandy was ineligible for NCAA competition.

On Thursday, they shared a national title in the 50-yard freestyle at the NCAA men's swimming championships, each finishing in 18.95 seconds.

Tandy, cleared by the NCAA last month after its investigation of his year off after high school spent in South Africa training to make the country's Olympic team, held a slim lead after the first 25 yards.

But Gkolomeev, who moved to the United States in January, rallied in the final 25.

"Usually my first 25 is the strongest, so I'm kind of used to having that open water," Tandy said. "I hit (the turn) fine, I just couldn't quite get the grab to maintain my speed from the first 25. Luckily, it was a tie, so I'm pretty happy with that."

Texas, serving as this year's host, is looking for its first NCAA men's swimming title since 2010. Led by freshman Michael Dixon, who won an individual championship in the 1-meter springboard, the Longhorns, with 146 points, had a one-point lead over California after the first of three days.

"Have you ever seen a meet like this in your life? There's never been one like it," Texas coach Eddie Reese said. "If we win one here, I can turn the guys loose Saturday night and I can go home."

The Golden Bears, who won the 400 medley and 200 freestyle relays Thursday, are trying to capture their third title in four years.

"You don't get to do that too often in a sport where you put four guys together and let them go after it," Cal coach David Durden said. "Relays are fun. It was never one split or one person. It was kind of the collective group that did the job."

Florida's Marcin Cieslak won the 200 individual medley in 1:40.58. The Gators were third with 137 points.

Defending champion Michigan was fourth with 109 points, followed by Georgia with 74.

Southern California's Cristian Quintero won his first individual NCAA championship with a pool-record 4:10.02 in the 500 freestyle, an event he finished third in last year and second the year before.

Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press

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Colten Moore wins SMB Freestyle in memory of his brother

ASPEN, Colo. – Snowmobile Freestyle rival Colten Moore collected their second X Games precious metal medal Thursday, opening by Games Aspen 2014 with an emotional win that he dedicated to his older brother, Caleb, that died from injuries continual in last year's competitors, the only death in the 20-year history of the X online games.

later on Parsons and Heath Frisby took silver and fermeté, respectively.

Moore, 24, led after the first of two runs, riding in front of a Colorado masses that included more than sixty of his friends, family and community members from their hometown of Krum, tx.

 year after the dying of his brother through injuries sustained in this occasion, Colten Moore won precious metal in Snowmobile Freestyle in X Games Aspen.

"This is the greatest moment ever, to be able to come back and ride with regard to my brother, " Moore stated. "And not just for your pet, but with him, because I know he was out here with me all night. To be able to come out right here and get gold is incredible. I just give it all in order to him. I know he was the one helping me do every thing I was doing… It's exactly what me and Caleb grew up doing, pushing each other to go for it. I just knew that however be riding with me. inch
Moore's father, Wade Moore, has been watching just off the program, wearing a No. 31 head wear in honor of Caleb Moore's bib number.

"It means everything, inch Wade Moore said, viewing as his son required a victory lap. "He just wanted to ride, which what he likes performing, he has fun doing it. which all he and his sibling did, and they're still doing it together, I promise they are. "

Even though Colten Moore's greatest trick – a leader backflip – came right after his run time ended, his first-run score associated with 91. 33 was sufficient to bump him to the top of the field. That rating held up through the second circular of competition, leaving Moore to take a victory panel in front of his Texas-flag-waving followers.

Moore said he calmed their nerves before the contest plus pushed the gravity of the night's significance aside simply by telling himself, "Forget regarding all of this. I'm going to go out presently there and ride with Caleb. He's out there riding with me and helped me throw straight down better than I ever possess. "