Morozov, Lendrum Lead Qualifiers For Final Night Of Pac-12s
March 6, 2013
Junior Vladimir Morozov breezed to the second seed in the 100y free to lead three Trojans in that final while senior Alex Lendrum qualified second for the 200y back final during the final prelim session Wednesday (March 6) at the 2013 Men's Pac-12 Swimming and Diving Championships in Federal Way, Wash.
Morozov successfully defended his Pac-12 title in the 50y free on Monday and is looking to do it in the 100y free tonight, which would mark the 11th straight year the same swimmer won both events. Morozov is trying to become just the second Trojan to win the 100y free two years in a row, joining Erik Ran (1990-91).
Joining Morozov in the final will be juniors Jack Wagner (43.45) and Dimitri Colupaev (43.50). Wagner's effort was a P.R. and made him the fifth fastest Trojan ever in the race as he earned his first conference final in the distance. Coupaev, fifth in the race last year, is already the second fastest Trojan with a best of 42.95.
Lendrum earned his fourth straight trip to the Pac-12 final of the 200y back with the second-fastest prelim time (1:42.35). He finished a career-best fourth in the race last year. Junior Chase Bloch will join him in the final (the first of his career) after qualifying eighth with a lifetime best 1:43.37.
Freshman Morten Klarksov, ninth in the 100y breast final, tied the school record in the 200y breast prelims in 1:55.47 to qualify fifth for the final. Sophomore Andrew Malone, having a strong meet, qualified for his second `B' final in 1:58.20, a P.R. and putting him in the top 10 of USC's fastest in the 200y breast.
Sophomore Cary Wright earned his first final by qualifying seventh in the 200y fly in 1:45.07, lowering his P.R. by almost two seconds. Sophomore Dakota Hodgson (1:45.35, P.R.) and senior Justin DiFederico (1:45.60) finished ninth and 11th, respectively, in prelims to earn `B' finals.
Sophomore Cristian Quintero will be gunning for his third win of the meet in the timed final of the 1650y free to go with titles in the 200y and 500y free. He is the top seed in the race and was second in the event last year.
Very few swimmers have completed the 200-500-1650 sweep in Pac-12 history. Washington's John Weston did it in 1978, but that was when the conference meet was split between Northern and Southern divisions and Weston's times were considerably slower than the winners in the south. Prior to that, the last person to sweep all three races was USC's Tom McBreen, who did it in 1972.
In the event's final race, USC will be gunning for its first conference title in the 400y free relay since 1979.
USC's five titles is already its most at the conference meet since USC won six in 2003 (five swimming and one diving). The last time the Trojans won six swim titles at the Pac-12s was in 2001 (six). The last time it won more than six was in 1977 (10)
Finals begin at 6 p.m.