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Men’s Swimming & Diving Wraps Up Day Three at NCAA Championships

Men’s Swimming & Diving Wraps Up Day Three at NCAA Championships

by Greg Welsh

MINNEAPOLIS – Three Wildcat entries took to the Freeman Aquatic Center on Friday, competing on the third day of the 2023 NCAA Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships on the campus of the University of Minnesota.

Ryan Merani kicked things off for UK, swimming in his second event in as many days. The freshmen finished 34th in the 400 IM with a time of 3:48.53, splitting  50.40 (fly), 57.72 (back), 1:06.08 (breast) and 54.33 (free).

Junior Max Berg was next, placing 31st in the 200 freestyle in the first NCAA individual event of his collegiate career. Berg, a native of Montpellier, France, turned in a 1:33.58 with 100-yard splits of 44.55 and 49.03.

Kentucky’s day wrapped up with Sam Duncan on the three-meter springboard. Duncan’s first time diving the three-meter at NCAAs concluded with a score of 303.35, good for 41st place. The junior registered three dives scoring over 60 points on the afternoon.

The final day of the 2023 NCAA Championships is set for Saturday. Mason Wilby (200 fly), Merani (200 fly), Levi Sandidge (1650 free), Nick Caruso (1650 free) and Berg (100 free) are among the Wildcats scheduled to race. Sandidge enters Saturday’s mile as the No. 1 seed, looking to become the program’s first ever NCAA Champion. Prelims will begin at 11 a.m. ET and can be seen live on ESPN+.

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