USC Breaks School Record In 200y Free Relay

March 5, 2009

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Junior Zoltan Povazsay finished sixth in the final of the 500y free, sprinters Jake Grosser and Jeff Daniels etched their names among USC's fastest ever in the 50y free and helped USC shatter the school record in the 200y free relay on the second day of the 2009 Pac-10 Championships on Thursday (March 5) at Belmont Plaza in Long Beach, Calif.

Povazsay, who qualified for the final with the sixth-fastest time inprelims, is now the ninth-fastest Trojan ever in the race after going 4:17.71. He went 4:18.09 in prelims.

In the 50y free, Grosser, a sophomore, became USC's fifth-fastest ever with a 19.79, good for 13th overall. Daniels' 19.84 ties him as the sixth-fastest Trojan ever. He was 14th. Both Grosser's and Daniel's times were NCAA `B' cuts.

Coupling them with the fastest two Trojans ever in the event, Richard Gosper (graduated 2008) and Sean Sussex (graduated 2007), USC third-year head coach Dave Salo, in less than three seasons, has coached four of USC's fastest seven ever in the race.

Other Trojan finishers in the 50y free included sophomore Buddy Turner in 19th (20.13, season best) and sophomore Luke Tanner (20.42). His prelim 20.38 was a season-best.

Daniels, joined Povazsay, Grosser and Turner to break the school record in the 200y free relay with a 1:18.11 in the final event of the evening, lowering the mark set at the 2007 NCAA Championships by 0.71 seconds. The time was good for fourth today,

Senior Vanni Mangoni improved upon his team-best time in the 200y IM, taking 10th in 1:45.85, an NCAA `B' cut. It also improves upon his best time as a Trojan by a half second. Junior James Martin took 18th and clocked a season best and NCAA `B' cut 1:47.41 while sophomore Dillon Connolly was 19th (1:48.57). Senior Kevin Bartell was 25th (1:49.25) while senior Kazu Miyahara was 31st (1:50.65).

Freshman Julian Bonse swam in the consolation final of the 500y free, taking 16th in 4:26.81. He went a season-best 4:26.66 in prelims. Freshman Patrick White placed 12th overall in prelims in a season best and NCAA `B' cut 4:23.14, but didn't take a second swim. Other 500y free finishers included sophomore Kevin Little in 19th with a season-best 4:27.78, freshman Colin Heinrich in 22nd with a season-best 4:32.08 and Evan Marcus in 24th (4:34.82). His prelim 4:33.67 was a season-best. Josh Joiner swam the race prelims and posted a season-best 4:30.33.

USC is in fourth overall after two days. The scores include the 1-meter springboard results from last week's Men's Pac-10 Diving Championships, in which freshman Harrison Jones was second, sophomore Steven Starks was eighth and sophomore Greg Miller was ninth.

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