Colupaev Marching Toward Third Straight Pac-12 Title In 200y Free|
March 5, 2013
Junior Dimitri Colupaev, the two-time defending champion in the 200y free, qualified first for the final, just ahead of teammate Cristian Quintero, while junior Vladimir Morozov earned the second seed in the 100y breast during prelim action on Tuesday (March 5) at the 2013 Men's Pac-12 Swimming and Diving Championships in Federal Way, Wash.
Following a Monday night that saw both Morozov (50y free), Quintero (500y free) and Troy's 200y free relay all win Pac-12 titles, the Trojans, in third place overall, appear ready to add to the trophy total.
Colupaev's 1:34.97 was just off his season-best in the 200y free and just ahead of Quintero's second-place and season-best 1:35.08. Quintero was fifth in the race last year. Also making the final (for the first time) for the Trojans was sophomore Chad Bobrosky, whose 1:35.90 was seventh in prelims. Colupaev, Quintero and Bobrosky were all part of USC's 800y free relay title during Sunday's first night of action.
Morozov entered the meet as USC's co-record holder in the 100y breast with Dillon Connolly, but claimed the standard for his own in today's prelims with a 52.58, slower only than Arizona senior Kevin Cordes' 51.43.
Freshman Maclin Davis, who helped USC to its 200y free relay title on Monday, earned his first Pac-12 finals berth by taking sixth in the 100y fly prelims in 46.66. The time, just off his P.R. of 46.64, makes him the second-fastest Trojan in the race behind record holder Sam Masson (46.09).
Sophomore Luca Spinazzola also will make his debut as a Pac-12 finalist tonight after he earned the fourth seed in the 100y back with a 46.72, a P.R. that makes him the third-fastest Trojan ever in the race, 0.03 behind Morozov and just 0.17 off Lenny Krayzelburg's 46.55 school record.
Senior Alex Lendrum turned in a P.R. and became the 10th fastest Trojan ever in the 400y IM with a 3:48.94, but it was just off the time to earn a spot in the final and he will enter tonight as the top seed in the `B' final. Junior Sean Mulroy also will swim in the `B' final after his 3:50.97, also a P.R. Sophomores Cary Wright (3:52.78) and Dakota Hodgson (3:56.44) earned spots in the `C' final.
Junior Chase Bloch will swim in the `B' final of the 100y fly after his 10th-best 47.00 while senior Nick Karpov will swim in the `C' final after his 49.39. Juniors Mike Godbe (1:36.85) and Jack Wagner (1:37.36) earned berths in the `B' final of the 200y free.
Freshman Morten Klarksov finished ninth in the 100y breast prelims (54.12), than a tenth of a second out of the final, while sophomore Andrew Malone was 10th (54.24). Both times were P.R.s.
Bloch earned another `B' final race by finishing 11th in the 100y back (48.15) and will be joined in the heat by Karpov, who went 48.29.
Finals begin at 6 p.m.
Colupaev is trying to become the first Pac-12 swimmer to win the 200y free three straight seasons since Trojan Bela Szabados did it from 1997-99. USC, in fact, has won that Pac-12 race eight times since 1997.
Morozov will try to win USC's first 100y breast title since Mihalay Flaskay won it in 2003.
USC is seeded third in tonight's 400y medley relay, though Arizona comes in with a sizeable lead by seed time (almost six seconds ahead of the Trojans). Troy last won the conference title in the event in 1977 in the Pac-8 South.
USC's four titles through two days is its most conference crowns since it won four in 2006. The four swimming titles are the most since five 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)
* The diving portion of the competition was combined with the women's diving, Feb. 28-March 2, and scores from diving will be added to the overall team scores at the end of each day