Coluapev Wins Pac-12 200-Yard Free Title
March 2, 2012
Pac-12 Championship Page
Sophomore Dimitri Colupaev defended his title in the 200y free to lead four Trojans - all underclassmen -- in the event's final on the third day of the 2012 Pac-12 Championships at the East Los Angeles Swim Center on Friday (March 2) in Monterey Park, Calif.
USC is in fourth place after day three with 324 points. Stanford (623.5) is in first with Cal second (544), Arizona third (382), Utah fifth (185.5), ASU sixth (175.5), UCSB seventh (165.5) and Cal Poly eighth (94).
Colupaev, seeded second after a prelim 1:35.28, had plenty left for the final and motored for the title in 1:34.20, making him the first swimmer in the conference to repeat in the event since Trojan Klete Keller did it in 2001-02.
Behind 0.06 after 50 yards, Colupaev established a 0.41 lead at the midway point. He extended the advantage to 0.76 over second-place Aaron Wayne of Stanford at the 150 mark and cruised home for the win. Stanford senior Rob Andrews managed second in 1:34.84.
USC has now won the event three years in a row (Clement Lefert claimed it in 2010), making Troy the first school to win it three years in a row since Trojan Bela Szabados swept the event from 1997-99.
Freshman Cristian Quintero, after taking second in the 500y free on Thursday, finished fifth in the final in 1:36.16 after going 1:35.78 in prelims.
Sophomore Vladimir Morozov, winner of the 50y free Thursday, was the fifth seed out of prelims in the 200y free, successfully moving up to middle distance. In the final, he finished sixth in 1:36.20.
Sophomore Michael Godbe used a PR in prelims (1:36.17) to earn his first conference final appearance and finished seventh in the final in 1:37.06.
Freshman Chad Bobrosky, a finalist in the 500y free, missed out on the 200y final, but took third in the consolation final and 11th overall (1:36.39). Sophomore Jack Wagner was 15th (1:38.73), senior Julian Bonse posted a PR in prelims (1:38.84) and finished 22nd in the `C' final (1:39.66) while sophomore Nick Johnson also posted a prelim PR (1:39.09) and finished 23rd (1:40.01).
Freshman Sergio Lujan Rivera made the 100y breast final with a USC season-best 53.78 (NCAA `B') and finished eighth in the final in 54.80. His prelim time made him the sixth-fastest Trojan in the event. Freshman Andrew Malone earned a second swim and finished 10th (55.29) while Orlady was 22nd (57.80).
Junior Alex Lendrum reached his first conference final in the 100y back after finishing seventh in prelims (47.34). He finished seventh (47.71) in the final as well. Sophomore Chase Bloch and junior Nick Karpov swam in the consolation final, taking 11th (48.16) and 15th (48.93), respectively.
Sophomore Sean Mulroy led USC in the 400y IM. After taking ninth in prelims (lowering his PR by more than two seconds to 3:52.33), he finished 11th overall in 3:53.67. Freshman Cary Wright went a PR 3:53.54 in prelims and took 15th (3:54.82) while junior Justin DiFederico was 17th (3:54.77).
Bloch was USC's top finisher in the 100y fly, finishing 10th (47.68) while junior Matt Voell won the `C' final in 48.87.
The Trojan quartet of Lendrum, Colupaev, Bloch and Morozov took fourth in the 400y medley relay in 3:11.39.
The competition concludes Saturday with prelims at 11 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.