March 27, 1998
AUBURN, Ala. - The men's NCAA swimming and diving Championships concluded today at Auburn University with Vilmos Kovacs earning honorable mention All-America honors in the 200 breaststroke. He placed 13th with a time of 2:00.80. His time of 1:59.01 in the preliminaries missed the cut for the finals heat by twelve one-hundredths of a second.
The 400 freestyle relay team of Kirk Larsen, Mike Ullom, Frank Smardo and David Weis placed 19th in the preliminaries with a time of 3:00.79. "These guys did a nice job, but just missed the cut," head coach Dan Ross said. Larsen also placed 42nd in the 100 freestyle in a time of 44.76 while Ullom finished 56th with a time of 45.42.
With platform diving and the 400 freestyle relay finals remaining, Purdue is in 34th place with 10 points. Stanford is in first place in the team standings with 559 points. Auburn (394.5), Texas (323.5), Southern Cal (210) and Tennessee (203) round out the top five. Michigan is the highest Big Ten finisher as they are in 10th place with 134 points.