Troy Begins 2008 Pac-10 Swimming Championships

March 5, 2008

The USC men's swimming team, led by All-American junior Vanni Mangoni and senior co-captains Richard Gosper and Bryce Elser, begin the 2008 Pac-10 Championships Wednesday (March 5) at Belmont Plaza in Long Beach, Calif.

Events begin on Wednesday (March 5) with timed finals of the 200y medley and 800y free relays that begin at 6 p.m. From Thursday through Saturday (March 6-8), prelims begin at 11 a.m. and finals start at 6 p.m. each day. Thursday's schedule features the 500y free, 200y IM, 50y free and 200y free relay. Friday features the 400y IM, 100y fly, 200y free, 100y breast, 100y back and 400y medley relay. Saturday's finale includes the 200y back, 100y free, 200y breast, 200y fly, a timed final of the 1650y free and the 400y free relay.

Results for the upcoming 2008 Pac-10 Championships can be found .

Senior Brandon Lovell is USC's highest returning individual finisher from the 2007 Pac-10 Championships thanks to his third place in the 200y fly (he also was seventh in the 100y fly). Junior Vanni Mangoni was fifth in the 400y IM (he finished fourth in the event at the NCAA Championships) while senior Bryce Elser finished sixth in the 100y fly ... USC has won at least two Pac-10 titles for 11 consecutive seasons (1997-2007) and has 211 individual conference crowns overall.

Freshman Steven Starks led USC at the 2008 Pac-10 Diving Championships held last week in Seattle. Starks was second on platform, seventh on 3-meter, eighth on 1-meter.

The USC men have broken three school records this season, all coming at the 2007 Husky Invite in December.

Gosper broke the USC record in the 50y free in 19.54, bettering USC's school record of 19.62 set by Sean Sussex last season. He later tied the school record in the 50m free in 23.21, matching Chris Jennings' 1995 effort.

Junior Ankur Poseria inked his name in the school record books with a 53.68 in the 100m fly, erasing Dave Cadermartori's 1987 mark of 54.15, which had been the oldest individual USC men's record.

Gosper's 19.54 is an NCAA automatic qualifying time, as is Elser's personal best 46.96 in the 100y fly. Trojans who own NCAA consideration times include Gosper in the 100y free (44.01), Mangoni in the 200y (1:47.21) and 400y IM (3:49.94) and the 200y breast (2:00.12), senior Brandon Lovell in the 100y fly (48.23), junior Ankur Poseria in the 100y fly (53.68 scm) and Elser in the 200y fly (1:47.48). USC also has `B' cuts in the 200y free relay, the 400y free relay and the 200y medley relay.

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