UofL press release:
University of Louisville sprinter Joao De Lucca won the national championship in the 100 freestyle to go along his 200 free win from earlier at the NCAA Division I Men’s Championships Saturday night at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center on the campus of the University of Texas.
De Lucca pulled off the double win by posting a 41.70 in the 100 feww, the first male swimmer to pull off the rare 100, 200 free double since 1995 when fellow Brazilian Gustavo Borges. The swim put De Lucca in 11th all time in the event. It is his third national championship in his career, adding in the 2013 200 freestyle title.
“I didn’t expect to win the 100 free at all,” said De Lucca. “To be honest I really thought (Auburn’s) Marcelo [Chierighini] was going to get this one. He’s done a really really good job this season. I knew he was going to come for me so I changed my strategy. I went out faster.”
Louisville’s Joao De Lucca and Tanja Kylliainen were recognized today as Swimmers of the Week from the American Athletic Conference. De Lucca was named Male Swimmer of the Week for the conference-best sixth time this season, while Kylliainen was honored as Female Swimmer of the Week for the second time.
De Lucca led the No. 7 Cardinals to victories over Kentucky and Notre Dame over the weekend, taking first place four times as an individual and was a part of two winning relays. He posted two NCAA ‘B’ cuts in the 200-yard freestyle, with a best time of 1:36.05. The senior also added two more ‘B’ cuts in the 100-yard freestyle, in 43.57 and 44.14. He helped the 400-yard freestyle relay team win twice, including a pool record 2:58.17. All six of his individual swims were among the 100 fastest in the nation this year.
Kylliainen was key as the Louisville women downed rival Kentucky 193-107 on Senior Day. She won her three individual events, led by a victory in the 200-yard butterfly that eclipsed her NCAA Invite time from last season and was the 20th best time in the country this year. She also touched the wall in 2:00.35 in the 200-yard IM, recording a NCAA ‘B’ cut
This week…..on 55…..
55 is not a state of mind or a way to live life your life…yet. It is a place to state facts and shoot down gripes. Once again I share with you the 55 most ridiculous things I have heard, had to debate, or just thought about this past week. I worked nine straight 10+ hour days, however on my off day I think of you, my people. (Who am I…. Gandhi? maybe)
maybe not….enjoy….or not….whatevs..
1) First thing I want to say is Forget you Santa!!!!!! I told you that you were going down!!!
2) Not the real Santa though, Loooooooove Yoooooooou
3) The Cards had played UC a total of 52 times dating back to 1922 going into last year’s game with 0 overtime games…..We have now competed in and won 2 straight
4) UC Pres Santa J Ono asked for everyone to not you the letter L on Thursday December the 5th…..To that I respond WE WIN _OSERS
5) Oh we__
6) I forgot it’s not the 5th anymore….I digress
7) The Women’s Volleyball season abruptly ended Friday with a sweep to former conference foe and rival Marquette
8) Oddly enough the AAC doesn’t hold a conference tournament for Volleyball
9) I hate the AAC
10) Ha Take that AAC!
11) Oh we__
12) I keep forgetting
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The second American Athletic Conference swimming and diving awards of the 2013-14 season were announced on Monday, with athletes from Louisville and Cincinnati taking awards. Cardinal senior Joao De Lucca was named American Athletic Conference male Swimmer of the Week, while Cincinnati freshman Jackie Keire was named female Swimmer of the Week.
A defending NCAA champion, De Lucca had a strong performance in an upset victory for the No. 19 Cardinals as they beat No. 12 Tennessee for the first time in school history, winning 167.5-132.5. De Lucca had two individual victories, in the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyle, while placing second in the 50-yard freestyle. De Lucca swam the 100-yard freestyle in 44.02, the top time in the NCAA thus far, while swimming the fifth best time in the NCAA with a 1:37.44 in the 200 freestyle. Both results were NCAA ‘B’ cuts.
For the first time in school history the University of Louisville Men’s Swimming and Diving beat the University of Tennessee with a winning score of 167.5-132.5.
The men’s team multiple event winners were headlined by senior Kameron Chastain who won the 100 breast and was part of the winning 200 medley relay team. Senior Joao De Lucca, defending National Champion, won two events in the 100 and 200 free. Freshman Josh Quallen also took two events, the 100- and 200-butterfly. The Cardinal Men are now 2-0 and Women are 1-1 in dual meets.
Off-season? What do you mean? When you follow an athletic program like the University of Louisville, there is ALWAYS something going on and news to talk about. Such is the case recently. We will try to get you caught up on all of that right here with our news & notes about different teams of the program, alumni doing big things, and just any other news worth sharing. Enjoy!