Kentuckyís Cruz Surpasses NCAA 200-Meter Butterfly Record Time
Kentucky junior Daniel Cruz was one of three competitors to surpass the NCAA menís 200-meter butterfly record time Saturday at the 2004 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in East Meadow, N.Y.
Cruz took third in the 200-meter butterfly preliminary round with a time of 1:55.68, beating the NCAA-record time of 1:55.79 set four years ago by Stanfordís Adam Messner. Virginiaís Michael Rabb took first in the preliminary round with a time of 1:55.47, and Stanfordís Jayme Cramer followed closely behind at 1:55.49. Cruz, Rabb and Cramer advance to this eveningís eight-competitor championship final.
Cruz finished as the SEC 200-yard butterfly runner-up last month at the University of Georgia. Auburnís Jeremy Knowles, who edged Cruz by .03 seconds at the SEC Championships, failed to qualify for tonightís championship final.
The championship event finals begin at 7 p.m. EST. Complete results can be found at www.nliac.com.