IRVINE, Calif. - Nicholas Korth of the UC San Diego swim team completed a strong summer for the senior captain at the USA Swimming U.S. Open last Friday, Aug. 2.
Korth competed solely in the 100-meter breaststroke event at the five-day meet held at the outdoor William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center. The 2011 NCAA Division II national champion as a freshman in the 200-yard breaststroke, Korth first timed a lifetime-best 1:03.30 in morning preliminaries. The mark was 19th-fastest and good enough to earn him a return trip to the pool in the evening session for the C Final.
At night, Korth lowered his personal record further by going 1:02.82, getting narrowly touched out at the wall by a mere .02 seconds by Stanford’s Christian Brown (1:02.80) and settling for second in that race and 18th in the event overall. Korth and Brown turned in identical 50-meter splits of 29.33. Only 13 competitors managed faster times than Korth’s 1:02.82 on the day.
Korth came into the meet seeded 27th (1:03.37) out of 94 initial entrants. The Valencia product had previously performed in the 50-meter breast (28.59, 11th), 100 breast (1:04.52, T-29th) and 200 breast (2:17.67, 20th) at the Phillips 66 National Championships in Indianapolis, Ind., in late June.
Zachary Yong, who will compete for the Tritons as a freshman beginning this fall, went 2:19.88 (51st) in prelims of the 200 breast in Irvine on Wednesday, lowering his lifetime-best seed time of 2:20.04. The Irvine native and UCSD sophomore Paul Li will both be back in the water at the same venue this week for the 2013 Speedo Junior Championships, Aug. 5-9.