Duo Break Records At NCAA Championships
Vincent Pai (FR, Walnut [pictured-right]) and Nick Ostreim (SO, Phoenix, AZ [pictured-left]) each broke records set by former NCAA Champions on the fourth and final day of the NCAA Championships. The pair combined to score 15 points at the meet, good for 39th in the team standings, and the most by a SCIAC team.
Pai qualified 12th in the 200 breaststroke and then dominated the the consolation final. He swam 1:59.90 and won the race by 1.85 seconds. His time would have finished second in the championship final. The time also broke the CMS and SCIAC record set by Gary Simon in 1997. Pai finished 16th in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 57.11 after qualifying with a personal best time of 56.45. He also finished 37th in the 200 individual medley with a personal best time of 1:55.17.
Ostreim finished 12th in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:50.90. The time broke the CMS record set by Doug Jones in 1983. After being the 16th and final qualifier for the evening session with a personal best time of 1:51.39, he closed much faster in the consolation final to improve four spots. Ostreim also finished 32nd in the 100 backstroke with a season best time of 52.31 and 39th in the 500 freestyle with a season best time of 4:41.98.
Both swimmers earn Honorable Mention All-American honors for finishing ninth to 16th at the meet. Ostreim also earned HM All-American honors last year in the 200 back.