IOWA CITY, Iowa — Cal Poly senior Jimmy Deiparine competed in the prelims of the 100-yard breaststroke at the NCAA Swimming Championships on Friday morning in Iowa's Campus Recreation & Wellness Center Natatorium.
Coming in seeded 28th overall and entered in Heat 3, Deiparine finished 44th, with a time of 54.48 seconds.
Top-16 finishers advanced to the evening's finals on ESPN3.
Arizona senior Kevin Cordes, the American record-holder (at 50.04), was second, at 50.93 — just back of Cal senior Chuck Katis, who'll start the championship round in Lane 4 after posting a field-leading 50.89.
Deiparine was off his previously established pace, 52.94, which broke both school and conference records while winning the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation title in Monterey Park on Feb. 20.
A two-time Coca-Cola Cal Poly Student-Athlete of the Week this season, Deiparine is scheduled to graduate in biological sciences.
His trip to the world's fastest short-course meet marked the fifth time in the past six years the Mustangs have sent a swimmer to the national championships.