INDIANAPOLIS, IND. - North Carolina senior Tom Luchsinger earned All-America honors in the 400-yard individual medley for the third successive year as the second day of the 2013 NCAA Division I Men's Swimming Championships wrapped up Friday at the IUPUI Natatorium.
Luchsinger placed 16th in the 400-yard individual medley in a time of 3:46.90, marking his third successive Top 16 finish in the event at NCAAs and the third straight year he has made All-America. He was eighth in the event in 2011 and 14th in 2012.
Luchsinger qualified in the 12th spot in Friday morning's preliminaries in the 400 IM, touching in 3:44.94, the third fastest swim of his career in the event. He set his career best 3:44.25 at the ACC Championships last month.
As a team, the Tar Heels are in a tie for 35th place after the second day of competition.
In the timed final of the 800-yard freestyle relay, North Carolina finished with a time of 6:25.33 which was good for 17th place. The Tar Heel relay consisted of junior J.T. Stilley (1:36.05), junior Brad Dillon (1:36.26), freshman Logan Heck (1:37.26) and senior Tom Luchsinger (1:35.76).
Carolina just missed a spot in the consolation final of the 200-yard medley relay as the all-freshman Tar Heel quartet placed 17th in 1:26.79, just. 18 of a second shy of 16th place. Carolina's relay time was six-tenths of a second off its season best time. The relay consisted of Nic Graesser (22.06), Kurt Wohlrab (24.53), Sam Lewis (20.65) and Logan Heck (19.55).
Several other Tar Heels swam in individual events during Friday morning's preliminaries. Freshman Sam Lewis placed 26th in the 100-yard butterfly at 46.99 and freshman Ben Colley was 42nd in the same event in 48.48. Three Tar Heel freshmen swam in the preliminaries of the 100-yard backstroke. Nic Graesser placed 21st in 46.80, just slightly off his career best time of 46.64. Sam Lewis was 34th in 47.73 and Ben Colley placed 42nd in 48.97.The NCAA Championships conclude Saturday in Indianapolis with preliminaries at 11 a.m. and championship finals at 7 p.m. Timed heats of the 1650-yard freestyle will begin at 5 p.m. and will include UNC senior Brett Nagle.