Troy Householder, Reliance, Wyo. Mickey Stubbings, Helper, Utah Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif. Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla. Thursday and Friday Northern SportMod qualifiers both pay $500 to win. Doff Cooksey, Brentwood, Calif. Dominic Ursetta, Arvada, Colo. Anthony Merritt, Hemet, Calif. Weekend pit passes are $100. Reserved pit parking and backstretch tailgate spots are available by calling 702 632-8213. The Duel will be broadcast by IMCA.TV. Pre-registered Modified drivers now include: Allen Owen Jr., Pocola, Okla. Albert Gill, Central Point, Ore. Christy Barnett, El Paso, Texas Andy Obertello, Hollister, Calif. Drivers in both divisions can register online and competitors from 19 states and Canada have already done so. Tate Johnson, Homestead, Mont. Grey Ferrando, Stayton, Ore. Cody Malcom, Shelley, Idaho Tim Balding, Santa Rosa, Calif. Jaxon Saathoff, Beatrice, Neb. Drew Christianson, Minot, N.D. Nick DeCarlo, Martinez, Calif. LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The Entertainment Capital of the World welcomes IMCA Modifieds and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods to town for the Duel In The Desert. Zach Fettinger, Klamath Falls, Ore. Brock Aeschbacher, Rigby, Idaho Jason Hilliard, Cache, Okla. Paris Archie, Sparks Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla. Tom Fraser, Antioch, Calif. Craig Nieman, Reno Raymond Keldsen Jr., Aromas, Calif. “The Duel continues to be one of our biggest events, with more than 300 drivers from 20-plus states and Canada at last year’s event,” noted IMCA President Brett Root. “Both the level of competition and the entertainment away from the track are tough to beat.” Trevor Fitz-Gibbon, Camarillo, Calif. Northern SportMod drivers now pre-entered for the Duel include: Fred Ryland, Brentwood, Calif. Kersey Ferrando, Stayton, Ore. Alan Riley, Florence, Mont. Bill Cornwall, Pocatello, Idaho Racing starts at 4 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Top 20 Showdown races for Modifieds and Northern SportMods following the Wild West Tour join the final night’s program. Brent Curran, Antioch, Calif. Heath Grizzle, Drasco, Ark. Doug Rivera, Yuma, Ariz. Ricky Saunders, Colorado Springs, Colo. Chester Kniss, Oakley, Calif. Brenda Kirby, Bullhead City, Ariz. Jacob Hobscheidt, Plattsmouth, Neb. John DeMore, Spring Creek Jason Beaulieu, Campbell River, B.C. Andy Clower, Laveen, Ariz. Dan Philpott, LaPine, Ore. R.C. Whitwell, Longdale, Okla. Ricky Thornton Jr., Adel, Iowa Dylan Thornton, Santa Maria, Calif. Steve Boucher, Susanville, Calif. Eddie Belec, Arvada, Colo. Michael Hale, West Jordan, Utah Mark Garner, Antioch, Calif. Logan Drake, San Luis Obispo, Calif. Jacob Jones, Jacob, Pocatello, Idaho Reed Payne, Idaho Falls, Idaho Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark. Josh Stringer, Pahrump Modifieds race for $7,777 to win, Northern SportMods for a top prize of $1,777 at the 22nd annual Duel Nov. 13-16 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track. The Saturday night Modified feature is a 2020 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier. A minimum of $777 will be paid to start the 28-car main event and to winners of Thursday and Friday, Nov. 14 and 15 qualifying features. Regan Tafoya, Farmington, N.M. Jake Sachau, Denison, Iowa Bill Lundock, Golden, Colo. Johnny Saathoff, Beatrice, Neb. Dale Neitzel, Billings, Mont. Brandyn Johnson, Mesa, Ariz. Tanner Black, Otis, Kan. Jason Ferguson, Meridian, Calif. Matt Micheli, Live Oak, Calif. Mitch Machado, Rohnert Park, Calif. Jack Aguiar, Tulare, Calif. Dennis Schoenfeld, Van Buren, Ark. Tony Hofbauer, Huxley, Iowa Scott Saunders, Colorado Springs, Colo. Cody Olsen, Omaha, Neb. Jessie Hoskins, Longdale, Okla. Christopher Frisbie, White Sands Missle Range, N.M. Cody Kuglin, Great Falls, Mont. Coltin Jackman, Blackfoot, Idaho J.C. Elrod, San Martin, Calif. Arie Schouten, Omaha, Neb. Chris Clark, Jackson, Wyo. Dave Pearson, Ridgecrest, Calif. Mike Villanueva, Atwater, Calif. Jeremy Payne, Buckeye, Ariz. Mike Ziegler, Brush, Colo. Jacob Pace, Kearny, Ariz. Michael Thing Jr., Camp, Calif. Freddie Plourde, Santa Rosa, Calif. Slade Pitt, Rock Springs, Wyo. The track website is www.lvms.com and the registration form and payment must be received by Oct. 29 to secure early entry fees of $200 for Modifieds and $150 for Northern SportMods. David Pitt, Rock Springs, Wyo. Billy Tabor, Corvallis, Mont. D.J. Shannon, Merced, Calif. Clay Daly, Salinas, Calif. Taylor Kuehl, Cave Creek, Ariz.
One year after finishing fourth overall at the NCAA Championships, the USC men’s swimming and diving team had a slightly more difficult time putting together the kind of team effort it would have taken to top last year’s performance. After only dropping one head-to-head meet during the regular season and finishing second in the Pac-12 Championships, the Trojans finished 13th overall at the NCAA Championships in Atlanta, Georgia.Texas, the winner of last year’s national championship, repeated this year with a dominant collective effort. Led by junior Will Licon and sophomore Joseph Schooling, who each set NCAA records in their respective events, the Longhorns never trailed on their way to the national title. With their win in this year’s championships, Texas ties Michigan for the most all-time men’s swimming titles with 12.At 13th overall, the Trojans were the second-highest finisher of all Pac-12 competitors. Cal, last year’s Pac-12 champions, finished second overall at the meet with 351 points. USC edged out Stanford — this year’s conference champion — by 4.5 points; the Trojans scored 117 to the Cardinal’s 112.5.The Trojans began the tournament on Wednesday with a ninth-place finish in the 800-yard freestyle relay to match their ninth overall ranking in the nation. Freshman Patrick Mulcare, junior Michael Domagala, senior Morten Klarskov and junior Reed Malone turned in solid times in their individual legs, but collectively they were not quick enough to repeat their title-winning performance from last year.On Thursday, the Trojans saw strong efforts from Malone and their two star divers, seniors Collin Pollard and Deon Reid. Malone placed third in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:12.55; Malone also reached the podium at the 2015 championships with another third-place finish.Pollard, last year’s Pac-12 swimmer of the month, was an NCAA “A” Finalist for the first time this season with a seventh-place finish on the 1-meter. Last year, Pollard scored twice to become a “B” Finalist for the first time, but his score this year was good enough to make him a first-time All-American, a fitting finish to his stellar collegiate career. Reid finished ninth on the 1-meter for his first-ever “B” Final.“I am so pleased with the first diving event [Thursday],” diving coach Hongping Li said. “Collin and Deon really opened it with a super performance. The key success for both divers was to dive with fun and to meet a personal target score, which they did.”Malone continued his strong showing on Friday, finishing 5th overall in the 200-yard freestyle. His time of 1:32.54 is USC’s second-best time in the event in school history, and his new personal best time in the event. Sophomore Ralf Tribuntsov also placed fifth in his event, the 100-yard backstroke, after finishing 8th last year as a freshman. Mulcare also scored points for the Trojans on Friday, finishing seventh in the “B” Final in the 100-yard backstroke.Several USC swimmers scored on Saturday, the final day of the meet. Sophomore Pawel Furtek was the first swimmer to contribute with a personal-best time in the mile, good enough for 10th overall. Mulcare, swimming in his first NCAA “A” Final, finished 8th in the 200-yard backstroke, an event he has dominated all season. Tribuntsov scored again with a 15th overall finish in the 100-yard freestyle.Two Trojans scored in the 200-yard breaststroke: junior Steven Stumph, who has won the past two conference titles in the event, won the “B” Final with a ninth place overall finish, and freshman Carsten Vissering scored his first-ever NCAA points with a 16th overall finish in the event. Tribuntsov, Mulcare, junior David Morgan Jr. and Malone placed seventh in the “B” Final of the 400-yard freestyle relay to close out the meet for the Trojans.Despite not matching last year’s top-four finish, the future looks bright for USC. All of this year’s scoring swimmers, with the exception of Klarskov, will be returning next season, and the young core of talent now has one additional postseason under their belts. The diving team will have a difficult time replacing Pollard and Reid, but whoever steps in to replace those divers will look up to rising junior Dashiell Enos and the rest of the veteran squad.