Trojans Take Close Second In Pac12s 800 Relay|
Feb. 29, 2012
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The No. 5 USC men's swimming team finished less than a second away from its second 800y free title in three years and finished fourth in a tight 200y medley relay to kick off the 2012 Pac-12 Championships at the East Los Angeles Swim Center on Wednesday (Feb. 29) in Monterey Park, Calif.
USC is in third (64) after a two-event first night, trailing first-place Stanford (74) and second-place Cal (72). Arizona is fourth (60) and is followed by Utah (54), UCSB (54), ASU (50) and Cal Poly (44).
The Trojans' 800y free relay of sophomore Dimitri Colupaev, freshman Chad Bobrosky, sophomore Jack Wagner and freshman Cristian Quintero finished in 6:19.71, a season-best and an NCAA `A' cut, but 0.72 behind first-place Stanford (6:18.99).
USC was in second after Colupaev's opening leg (1:33.97) and was 0.90 back after Bobrosky's turn (1:34.92). The Trojans were in third heading into Quintero's anchor leg. His final 1:34.91 was the fastest final swim and good enough to overcome Cal, but just short of first.
The quartet of junior Nick Karpov, freshman Sergio Lujan Rivera, junior Matt Voell and sophomore Vladimir Morozov finished fourth in 1:26.08, approaching the school record of 1:25.83. Cal won in 1:25.09 while Stanford took second (1:25.46) and Arizona third (1:25.60). Morozov's final 50 (18.43) was the fastest final leg by 0.40.
The competition continues Thursday through Saturday with prelims at 11 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.