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Zupan Closes NCAA Action with 8th Place Finish in 200 Breast

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Nejc Zupan placed 8th in the 200 breast to close action at the 2013 NCAA Championships.      By Doug McSchooler

INDIANAPOLIS – Junior Nejc Zupan (Kamnik, Slovenia) made his final day of action at the 2013 NCAA Championships his best day. The junior finished in 8th place in the 200 breast with a time of 1:54.40. His eighth place finish earned 11 points toward the team scored and placed the Big Green 33nd overall.

Zupan, who also competed in the 200 IM and 100 beast, had an outstanding swim in the morning preliminary. Entering the meet with the seventh fastest time in the event, he swam a 1:53.29, a new Dartmouth record and the third fastest time in the prelims.

The Slovenian native was equally impressive in the finals, swimming a 1:54.40, just .25 seconds outside of seventh place and just. 33 seconds shy of a top five finish. NCAA Swimmer of the Meet Kevin Cordes from Arizona dominated the event, setting a new NCAA and America record with a time of 1:48.68.

Zupan became Dartmouth’s first swimmer to earn a top 10 finish at the NCAA Championships since Terry Robinson '69 placed 6th in 200 yard freestyle in 1968. Additionally, he was the first swimmer competing at the meet since Todd Taylor swam back in 1980. In his first-ever trip to the national championship Zupan placed 42nd in the 200 IM and earned a top 10 finish in the 200 breast.

Michigan claimed the 2013 National Championship with 480 points, while Cal and Arizona out of the Pac-12 took second and third with 406.5 and 313.5 points, respectively.

Zupan concludes the 2013 season with four new Dartmouth records and a top 10 finish at the NCAA Championship in the 200 breast.