No. 3 USC Falls At No. 6 Cal|
Feb. 8, 2013
Junior Vladimir Morozov posted a pair of sprint wins while sophomore Cristian Quintero and freshman Morten Klarskov each registered victories as well, but the No. 3 USC men's swimming and diving team fell to No. 6 and two-time NCAA defending champion California, 175.5-120.5, on Friday (Feb. 8) in Berkley, Calif.
The Trojans dropped to 5-1, 2-1, with the loss while Cal improved to 5-0, 3-0.
Morozov, owner of the nation's fastest times this season in the 50y and 100y free, won both events on Friday. He motored to victory in the 50 with a 19.32, just 0.11 off his season best and 0.82 ahead of Cal's Nick Dillinger. He came back shortly after to win the 100 in 42.83, 1.57 ahead of Bear Seth Stubblefield.
Quintero won an exciting 1000y free in 9:07.28, holding off the charging Jeremy Bagshaw, who finished in 9:07.71, not to mention third-place USC teammate Ted Singley (9:08.35). All three swimmers were within 0.35 of each other after both 400 yards and 600 yards. Quintero edged in front with Singley second and Bagshaw third at the 800 mark. Singley still had an angle on first with 50 to go, but Bagshaw overtook him down the stretch, but could not beat out Quintero to the wall.
USC's other win came in the 100y breast. Klarskov won in 54.99, nicely ahead of Cal's Trevor Hoyt (55.48). Klarskov was also third in the 200y breast (1:58.90) and the 200y IM (1:51.27).
Cal opened the meet with a win in the 200y medley relay (1:26.88), edging USC's unit of sophomores Luca Spinazzola and Sergio Lujan Rivera, junior Chase Bloch and Morozov (1:27.44). Morozov raced home with an 18.34, but it wasn't quite enough to overcome the Cal lead.
Spinazzola (48.29) and Bloch (48.47) finished 2-3 in the 100y back behind Cal freshman Jacob Pebley (47.84) while USC sophomore Dakota Hodgson (1:47.72) and Cary Wright (1:48.71) went 2-3 in the 200y fly behind Cal's Will Hamilton (1:47.21).
Quintero looked to make it a double in the 500y free, but was beaten to the wall by Bagshaw this time, 4:24.50 to 4:24.59. This time, Bagshaw held a slight lead for most of the race, Quintero's late scramble not quite enough for the win.
Cal's Tom Shields swept the 100y and 200y fly. USC freshman Maclin Davis did take second in the shorter event in 47.81.
USC posted a season-best in the 400y free relay with a 2:54.42, but was out-touched by Cal's 2:54.41. The Trojan relay consisted of Morozov, junior Jack Wagner, Quintero and junior Dimitri Colupaev. Colupaev began his anchor leg with 0.93 lead, but couldn't fight off Shields' comeback attempt.
The Trojans will next take on Stanford on Saturday at 12 p.m.