No. 5 Trojans Fall To No. 4 Stanford
Feb. 4, 2012
The No. 5 USC Men's Swim and Dive team fell to the No. 4 Stanford Cardinal today by a score of 175 to 118 at McDonald's Swim Stadium.
Sophomore All-American Vladimir Morozov led USC's efforts with two wins in the 100y breast (54.61) and 100y free (43.00). He also anchored the winning 200y freestyle relay to close off the meet.
Stanford opened up the meet with a victory in the 400y medley relay as David Nolan, Curtis Lovelace, Robert Bollier and Aaron Wayne finished in 3:13.06, just barely edging out the USC team of Alex Lendrum, Dimitri Colupaev, Chase Bloch and Vladimir Morozov in 3:13.69.
Stanford senior Chad La Tourette, the three-time defending Pac-10 champion in the mile, came back from yesterday's victory in the 1000 free to win the mile in 15:10.29.
Colupaev came from behind to hold off Stanford's Rob Andrews (1:36.85) to win the 200 free in 1:36.69. USC's freshman Chad Bobrosky finished fourth with a time of 1:38.85.
Stanford's Matthew Swanston won the 100y backstroke in a 48.37. Sophomore Alex Lendrum finished a close second with a 48.46.
Lendrum held strong and came out with a big win in the 200y Backstroke in 1:45.27 to touch out Stanford's Swanston (1:45.30). Bloch finished fifth in the heat with a 1:48.90.
Despite a strong final push by Bobrosky, Stanford's La Tourette gained his second victory of the day in the 500y free (4:25.81). USC finished 2-3, Bobrosky in a 4:26.53 and Colupaev in a 4:26.53.
USC closed the meet with a thrilling victory by the Trojans in the 200y freestyle relay. The team of Daniels, Wagner, Colupaev and Morozov (1:19.25) came from behind and out touched Stanford's anchor, Andrew Saeta (1:19.40).
No. 3 Cal also participated in the competition, though in exhibition races only. Some strong performances came from senior Martin Livamagi who finished first in the 200y Breaststroke in 2:01.28 and junior Tom Shields in the 200y fly who won the event in a 1:45.39.
Stanford's Kristian Ipsen and Connor Kuremsky went 1-2 in both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving competition. Ispen scored 400.10 in the 1-meter and 462.60 in the 3-meter. Kuremsky scored 321.05 in the 1-meter and 314.10 in the 3-meter. USC freshman Jordan Gear finished third and junior Cody Walwick finished fourth place finish on both events.
The Trojan Men will take on the Utah Utes on February 18th at McDonald's Swim Stadium at 12PM.