Men's Swimming
    Morozov Wins USC's First Pac-12 100y Free Title Since 1992
    Sophomore Vladimir Morozov won USC's first 100y free conference title since 1992.
    Sophomore Vladimir Morozov won USC's first 100y free conference title since 1992.

    March 3, 2012

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    Sophomore Vladimir Morozov won USC's first conference title in the 100y free since 1992 while sophomore Cristian Quintero posted his third top 3 finish, this time in the 1650y free, to lead the Trojans on the final day of the 2012 Pac-12 Championships at the East Los Angeles Swim Center on Saturday (March 3) in Monterey Park, Calif.

    USC finished in fourth place with 517 points. Stanford (939.5) took first with Cal second (808), Arizona third (543), Utah fifth (258.5), UCSB sixth (251.5), ASU seventh (221.5) and Cal Poly eighth (120).

    After getting four men in the 200y free final Friday, the Trojans placed three in the 100y free final, led by the explosive Morozov, who broke his school record by 0.02 with a 41.86. He won virtually unchallenged, leading by 0.57 at the 50 and touching first 0.91 ahead of Stanford's second-place Aaron Wayne (42.77). Morozov, whose time is the top in the nation, went 42.06 in prelims.

    Combined with his win in the 50y free on Thursday, Morozov is the first Trojan to sweep the 50y and 100y free at the conference meet since Joe Bottom in 1977. His win in the 100y free is USC's first since Robert Pufleb in the 1992 season.

    Sophomore Dimitri Colupaev, the second-fastest Trojan ever in the 100y free who won the 200y free on Friday, finished fifth in 43.37 after finishing 11th in the race last year. Senior Jeff Daniels established a PR in the prelims (43.56) to earn his second career conference final appearance, first in this distance. He finished sixth in the final in 43.70. His prelim swim ties him as the eighth fastest Trojan all-time in the event.

     

     

    Those three swimmers, plus, Quintero, combined for USC's 400y free relay and came within a quarter of a second from winning the Trojans' first title in the race since 1979. Morozov led off with a 42.03 and was followed by Colupaev, who extended USC's lead over second-place Cal by 1.99 seconds. The Trojans' still led by over a second heading into the final leg, but Cal junior stalwart Tom Shields reeled in Quintero over the final 50 as the Bears' finished in 2:51.45 to USC's 2:51.70. The Bears' time was the fastest in the nation while USC's is third-fastest (Auburn is second).

    Earlier in the evening, Quintero, second in the 500y free and third in the 200y free, showed his versatility again by finishing second in the 1650y free in 14:55.58, just off the NCAA `A' cut and good enough to make him the ninth-fastest Trojan in the event. Stanford's Chad La Tourette won event in 14:41.90.

    The real race was for second as Quintero came from behind to catch Cal freshman Adam Hinshaw. Quintero led Hinshaw in the first part of the race before the Bear frosh pulled ahead at the 850 mark. Hinshaw maintained second-place into the final 50 yards when Quintero hammered home a final 50 of 24.36 to Hinshaw's 25.21 to nudge the Cal swimmer by 0.10. To provide perspective on Quintero's final 50 of the mile, it was faster than half the field's final 50 in the 200y free final on Friday.

    Trojan senior Julian Bonse finished with the eighth-fastest time with a PR of 15:18.47. Right behind him in ninth was sophomore Nick Johnson, who also established a PR with a 15:19.11. Both swims cut more than 10 seconds off their previous NCAA `B' cuts.

    Junior Alex Lendrum posted a career-conference-best fourth in the 200y back in 1:42.42. It was his third straight conference final in the event and complemented his seventh in the 100y back on Friday. He qualified for the final with a 1:43.37. Sophomore Chase Bloch finished 10th in the event in 1:44.00, a PR, while freshman Chad Bobrosky took 17th (1:46.55) and junior Nick Karpov claimed 20th (1:47.70).

    Freshman Sergio Lujan Rivera posted his second straight breaststroke final appearance. He was eighth on 100y breast Friday and eighth again in the 200y breast in 2:02.91. His prelim 2:00.16 was a season-best. Freshman Andrew Malone finished 10th (2:00.11) while senior Will Orlady was 14th (2:02.40).

    Junior Justin DiFederico made his second straight final in the 200y fly. He was just off his PR in the morning with a 1:45.63 and finished seventh in the final with a 1:47.06. Freshman Cary Wright finished 15th (1:49.42) and junior Matt Voell was 22nd (1:52.47).