INDIANAPOLIS – Junior Nejc Zupan (Kamnik, Slovenia) opened up action at the 2013 NCAA Championships with the 200 IM preliminaries on Thursday (March 28) morning. Zupan finished in 42nd place with a time of 1:46.39.

Zupan fell behind early in the race but looked as if he was going to make up some ground in the butterfly leg. Despite cutting into the leaders a little, his heat was loaded with talented freestylers that cruised to finish the race.  The Slovenian native finished eighth in his heat and his time was four seconds off the heat winner.

The junior’s time of 1:46.39 was three seconds off of his entry time of 1:43.94, which would have placed him among the top 16. Florida’s Marcin Cieslak took the top time in the event swimming a 1:42.52 while Austin Surhoff from Texas with a 1:42.63 was second and California’s Joshua Pernot was third with a time of 1:42.95.

Zupan’s 42nd place finish left him outside of the evening finals as only the top 16 qualify for the final. Princeton’s Ryan Sanborn also raced and placed 60th with a time of 1:48.69.

Zupan will be back in the water tomorrow as he looks to make the finals in the 100 breaststroke. Preliminary action begins at 11 a.m. at IUPUI’s Sports Complex.

For archived video of Nejc’s preliminary swim click HERE

For live meet results click HERE