Mangoni, Povazsay Post Wins In Loss To Cal

Feb. 8, 2008

Junior Vanni Mangoni and sophomore Zoltan Povazsay each won races to lead the USC men's swimming and diving team, but the Trojans fell to No. 11 Cal, 136-102, on Friday (Feb. 8) at the USC McDonald's Swim Stadium.

USC is now 2-4 overall, 1-4 in the Pac-10. Cal is 4-1, 3-1.

Povazsay, a spring semester transfer from West Virginia, came from behind to win the 200y free in 1:39.30. He trailed Cal freshman Graeme Moore by more than a second halfway through the race, closed to within 0.56 with 50 yards to go and won in 1:39.30, more than a second ahead of the second-place Moore (1:40.35). Povazsay's time was the fastest by a Trojan in the 200y free this season.

Mangoni won the 400y IM in 3:54.46, out-touching Cal senior Luis Vayo (3:54.47) by just a second. Mangoni trailed at the midpoint by more than a second, but gained almost three seconds on Vayo in the breaststroke leg to pull ahead by 1.57 seconds with 100 to go. Vayo closed the gap in the freestyle leg but didn't have quite enough at the end to catch Mangoni.

Senior co-captain Bryce Elser took second in the 100y fly. Elser, who already owns an NCAA automatic qualifying time in the event, finished in 49.36 with senior teammate Brandon Lovell placing third (49.52).

Freshman Dillon Connolly took second in both the 500y (4:38.72) and the 1000y free (9:31.87) while senior co-captain Richard Gosper was second in the 50y free (20.20).

Freshman diver Steven Starks took second on 1-meter (326.85) and third on 3-meter (319.87) to lead the Trojan divers.

USC hosts No. 3 Stanford in the final dual meet of the season on Saturday at 1 p.m.

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