Quintero Wins Again, Repeats As Pac-12 Champ In 200 Free
March 7, 2014
Senior Cristian Quintero became the first Pac-12 swimmer in almost 40 years to sweep the 200y and 500y freestyles in back-to-back years thanks to a win in the shorter distance tonight, leading a quartet of Trojans in the race's final during a strong third night for USC at the 2014 Pac-12 Men's Swimming and Diving Championships in Federal Way, Wash., on Friday (March 7).
USC finished the night in fourth with 393 points after its 400y medley relay was disqualified during the session's final race. Cal remains first (545) and is followed by Stanford (471), Arizona (415), USC, Utah (196), Arizona State (192), UC Santa Barbara (125) and Cal Poly (113).
Quintero won the 200y free in 1:32.81, just off the school record owned by senior teammate Dimitri Colupaev, who took second in the race (1:33.46) for the second year in a row after winning it in 2011 and 2012.
Joining the senior duo in the final was freshman Reed Malone and junior Chad Bobrosky, who took sixth (1:35.17) and seventh (1:35.18), respectively, in the final. Bobrosky repeated as a finalist in the race.
Junior Cary Wright opened the night with his first final appearance in the 400y IM, taking seventh in 3:48.82 after qualifying for the final with a PR of 3:48.23. Freshman Steven Stumph was 12th in 3:50.23.
Sophomore Maclin Davis was USC's lone finalist in the 100y fly and finished fifth in his second straight final in 46.57 after a PR of 46.39 in prelims. Senior Chase Bloch won the B final in 46.76 while freshmen Michael Domagala (47.17) and Santo Condorelli (47.28) finished 13th and 15th, respectively.
Junior Andrew Malone led a trio of Trojans in the 100y breast final. In his first career final, he took fourth in 53.23, just off his PR from prelims (53.22) that tied him with junior Sergio Lujan Rivera as the fourth fastest Trojan in the race. Sophomore Morten Klarskov was sixth in his first final in the race (53.62) and Lujan Rivera was eighth (53.83) in his second final. Sophomore Ridge Altman was 16th (54.87).
Freshman Dylan Carter led USC in the 100y back with a seventh in 47.33 after a 46.91 in prelims that made him fifth on the Trojans' all-time list. Bloch took 11th (48.14) and sophomore Jeff Swanston was 14th (48.94).
The diving portion of the competition was held last week. Sophomore Collin Pollard was fifth (368.50) on 3-meter and junior Jordan Gear was 15th (299.05). Points for 3-meter were applied to today's standings.
USC's disqualified relay consisted of Carter, Lujan Rivera, Davis and Quintero.
"Cristian is on fire this weekend and he has not shaved yet, so we are looking forward to a stronger NCAA Championships," USC Coach Dave Salo said. "Dimitri is starting to come together with each race and he has not shaved yet either. It was a strong night for the Trojans but the guys got a bit too aggressive in their exchanges and we were DQ'd on the relay.
"We can still be a lot better in that relay at NCAAs and will fix the starts over the next two weeks. It was a breakthrough swim by Andrew Malone tonight, which inspires the guys, so I think we can close out tomorrow with some more fast swimming."