Quintero Captures Pac-12 Title In 200y Free
March 5, 2013
Sophomore Cristian Quintero bested teammate and two-time defending champion junior Dimitri Colupaev in the 200y free while junior Vladimir Morozov, sophomore Luca Spinazzola and freshman Maclin Davis all posted impressive final swims as well and combined with Colupaev in an epic 400y medley relay battle on Tuesday (March 5) at the 2013 Men's Pac-12 Swimming and Diving Championships in Federal Way, Wash.
USC remains in third in the team standings with 404.5 points. Cal, in a bid to end Stanford's three-decade long stranglehold on the conference team title, is in first with 583 points with the Cardinal second with 520. Arizona is fourth (340) and is followed by Utah (199.5), ASU (195), UCSB (154) and Cal Poly (74).
Quintero had to go through Colupaev to win the 200y free, claiming his second title in as many nights after winning the 500y free on Monday. Colupaev was looking to become the first Pac-12 swimmer to win the race three years in row since Trojan Bela Szabados did it between 1997-99, but Quintero controlled the race from start to finish to win in 1:33.21. The time made him the third fastest Trojan ever in the race. Colupaev, the record holder at 1:32.91, was second tonight in 1:34.44. Sophomore Chad Bobrosky registered a season-best 1:35.57 to take fifth in the race in his second final of the meet.
Morozov broke USC's school record in the 100y breast for the second time of the day, going 52.06 during his second-place swim. The only person faster was American record holder Kevin Cordes, the Arizona sophomore who won in 51.65. Morozov's time lowered the standard he set in prelims, a 52.58.
USC's other second was in the 400y medley relay as Spinazzola, Morozov, Davis and Colupaev shattered the school record in 3:06.17 but were 0.08 off of Cal's first place swim. The previous Trojan record was 3:08.47.
Spinazzola opened the race in 46.62, 0.04 better than his fourth-place swim in the 100y back final (46.66). With the relay leadoff, Spinazzola became the second-fastest Trojan ever in the race behind Lenny Krayzelburg's 46.55 from 1997.
Davis also turned in a fourth-place finals effort, his coming in the 100y fly in 46.54. The time was below his 46.66 prelim swim, both times good enough to make him the second-fastest Trojan ever in the event behind record holder Sam Masson (46.09).
"Another great day for the Trojans, though we are a bit short in the team championship race," USC Coach Dave Salo said. "Luca had two solid performances back-to-back in the 100 back (individual and relay). He is still young and learning his capabilities but it is exciting to hear him talking about breaking the (Lenny) Krayzelburg record.
" Vlad continues to stun the competition with his repertoire of events. He came up a bit short on the American record holder Kordes with an awesome second-place finish. Cristian and Dima are holding up their efforts to be the cornerstone of our middle sprint racers. I am sure with rest over the next two weeks they can challenge for NCAA titles.
" Maclin Davis had a strong night and continues to learn what this collegiate thing is all about. He is going to be a factor at NCAA champs and his future looks bright.
"Taking second in the relay tonight was a bit disappointing but it was one of the most exciting races I have seen in a long time! We came up a bit short but can only be hungrier for the NCAAs."
The meet will conclude Wednesday with prelims at 11 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.
Quintero's win in the 200y free was USC's ninth at the Pac-12s since 1997.
USC's near miss in the 400y medley relay almost ended USC's drought in the race that dates back to 1977.
USC's five titles (all swimming) through three days is its most conference crowns since it won six (five swimming and one diving) in 2003 (when USC won six overall). The last time the Trojans won six swim titles at the Pac-12s was in 2001 (six). The last time it was more than six was in 1977 (10).