USC Wins 400 Free Relay To Close Pac-12s, Finishing 3rd
March 8, 2014
Senior Cristian Quintero led USC's second straight 400y free relay win and also finished second in the 100y free to lead No. 4 USC on the final night of the 2014 Pac-12 Men's Swimming and Diving Championships in Federal Way, Wash., on Saturday (March 8).
USC finished third for the second straight year with 621 points. Cal won its second consecutive title with 786 points and was followed by Stanford (661), USC, Arizona (596.5), Utah (306), Arizona State (287), UC Santa Barbara (178.5) and Cal Poly (157).
The Trojans closed with a season-best effort in the 400y free relay as Quintero, freshman Dylan Carter and seniors Jack Wagner and Dimitri Colupaev finished in 2:51.95, a time that went from second to first when top-seed Cal was disqualified. Quintero, Colupaev and Wagner were all on USC's winning relay from last year.
The relay victory complimented USC's 800y free relay win from Wednesday as well as Quintero's two earlier freestyle wins this week.
After claiming the 200y and 500y freestyles in close affairs the past two days, Quintero was involved in another battle Saturday night against Utah speedster Nick Soedel. The junior Ute held off Troy's charging Venezuelan, 42.00 to 42.47, for the win. A year ago, Quintero's bid for three wins at the meet ended with a second in the 1650y free.
Joining Quintero in the 100y free final were Colupaev, who was sixth (43.26) in his third straight final in the distance, and freshman Santo Condorelli, eighth in 43.75. The Trojans also put two in the B final as Carter won the heat in 43.39 while Wagner was fifth (43.78).
Senior Chase Bloch repeated as a 200y back finalist with a sixth-place finish with 1:43.42 after a PR of 1:42.61 in prelims. Junior Chad Bobrosky was fourth in the `B' final (12th overall) in 1:45.01 while sophomore Jeff Swanston was 13th (1:45.82).
Sophomore Ted Singley (15:03.04) and junior Cary Wright (15:33.33) posted career best efforts in the mile, taking fourth and seventh, respectively, both with PRs. Senior Nick Johnson also registered a PR with a 10th in 15:17.28.
Wright came back after the mile to swim in the final of the 200y fly for the second year in a row and finished a career-best sixth in 1:44.90 after a PR 1:44.52 in prelims. Freshman Reed Malone was fifth in the B final (13th) in 1:47.70 while Singley, also after the mile, took 14th (1:48.66).
Sophomore Morten Klarskov returned to the final of the 200y breast and improved by one position, taking fourth in 1:55.86, while freshman Steven Stumph finished eighth in his first career final (1:56.48). Sophomore Ridge Altman took fourth in the `B' final (12th) in 1:57.31 in his career best conference effort while junior Andrew Malone, after a final in the 100y breast, was 14th (1:58.43) and junior Sergio Lujan Rivera, another 100y breast finalist, was 16th (2:01.51).
The diving portion of the competition was held last week. Sophomore Collin Pollard, a three-time finalist, was fifth (354.85) on platform while junior Jordan Gear was ninth (269.35). Points for platform were applied to today's standings.
"We fought a good fight but came up a bit short in trying to catch Stanford for second," USC Coach Dave Salo said. "We had a really good morning to be in position to score the points we needed to overtake Stanford, but our evening was just not quite enough.
"Cristian was outstanding and had my vote for swimmer of the meet. Our freshmen found out how tough this meet is and should grow from the experience. We got tough doubles by Ted and Cary with the 1650 free 200 fly combo and they really came through. Overall, it was a good Trojan effort."
USC, following the Zone E Diving Championships March 13-15, returns to action in the NCAA Championships, March 27-29, in Austin, Texas.