No. 5 USC Downs Utah To Close Regular Season
Freshman Cristian Quintero, a spring semester addition making his debut, won the 500y and 1650y freestyles to lead the No. 5 USC men's swimming and diving team to a 157-138 Pac-12 win over Utah on Saturday (Feb. 18) at McDonald's Swim Stadium.
USC (4-3, 2-3) opened the meet with a win in the 200y medley relay as junior Nick Karpov, freshman Sergio Lujan Rivera, junior Matt Voell and senior Jeff Daniels won in 1:28.50. Utah was second in 1:29.42.
Quintero, a Venezuela native, then dove into the pool for the first time as a Trojan and dominated the 1650y free with a 15:02.59, lapping the field with the 10th best time in the NCAA this season and an NCAA `B' cut. The swim, the first time the South American had ever swim that particular event, also makes him the 10th-fastest Trojan ever in the race. Freshman Cary Wright took second in 15:32.57.
USC next swept the 200y free, led by sophomore Mike Godbe's 1:37.86. Sophomore Jack Wagner was second (1:38.98) while junior Spencer Di Dio was third (1:40.63).
Utah's Nick Soedel won the 50y free in 20.13. Trojan senior co-captain Jack Ostler was second (21.22) while Utah's Alex Brown was third (21.31). After the diving break, Utah's Soedel won again in the 100y free (44.18). Karpov took second (45.61) while the Utes' Winter Heaven was third (45.63).
USC freshman Chad Bobrosky led the 200y back after 50 and 100 yards with Utah's Major Robinson challenging in the middle of the pool. Morozov took over second after 150 yards but Bobrosky had more than enough to win in 1:46.16, an NCAA `B' cut. Morozov claimed second (1:47.66) in his first 200y back of the season and Wright touched ahead of Robinson for third (1:49.07).
Malone put together a great 200y breast to win in 2:01.30. Rivera took second (2:04.27) while the Utes' Fiascone was third (2:05.11).
Quintero doubled up in the 500y free to win in 4:24.00, posting his second NCAA `B' cut of the day. He was briefly overtaken by senior Julian Bonse, who ultimately took second in 4:24.38, a PR.
Applin claimed the 100y fly in 48.02 with Bloch second (48.42) and Godbe third (49.74).
In the diving pool, USC freshman Jordan Gear won the 3-meter with 330.30, edging Utah's Nelson Foo (328.35). The Utes' Caleb Herrick won the 1-meter (293.10) with Gear taking second (287.85).
Junior Alex Lendrum, in his first 400y IM of the season, had little trouble in the off event, winning in 3:50.22, a top 25 time nationally, a `B' cut, and USC's best of the season. Di Dio took second (3:54.69) while senior Will Orlady was third (3:55.07).
USC closed the meet with a strong effort in the 400y free relay as Daniels, Morozov, Colupaev and Wagner won in 2:55.81, only 0.51 off the 2006 pool record.