Povazsay Takes Third In Pac-10 Championships 200y Free

March 6, 2009

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Junior Zoltan Povazsay turned in USC's highest finish in the 200y free since 2002 while junior James Martin and senior Vanni Mangoni both reached the final of the 400y IM on the third day the 2009 Pac-10 Championships on Friday (March 6) at Belmont Plaza in Long Beach, Calif.

Povazsay finished third in a personal-best 1:34.52, behind 2008 Olympians Nathan Adrian of Cal (1:32.98) and South African Jean Basson of Arizona (1:33.77). The USC Hungarian, also a 2008 Olympian (though he didn't compete in Beijing), trailed by less than half a second halfway through the race and was among a pack of swimmers all battling for the lead with 50 yards to go. The last Trojan to finish as high or better in the Pac-10 200y free was Klete Keller, who won the event I 2002. Keller's teammate, Rodrigo Castro, was second that year as well.

Povazsay's swim swim makes him the fourth-fastest Trojan ever in the race and less than a second off of Bela Szabados' record (1:33.87) set in 1999.

Martin, in his second straight Pac-10 400y IM final, took seventh (3:47.16) in a personal best, while Mangoni, in his third straight conference finale in the race, was eighth (3:47.60) in a season-best. Both swimmers improved upon their NCAA `B' cuts. Both are already among USC's top 10 in the event.Also in the 400y IM, sophomore Dillon Connolly's 10th-place finish in 3:49.65 was an NCAA consideration time and almost six seconds faster than his previous season-best. Sophomore Kevin Little finished 13th (3:56.79), freshman Colin Heinrich was 14th (3:58.70) and Evan Marcus was 17th (4:13.47), all in season-best efforts.Senior Ankur Poseria was ninth in the 100y fly in 46.83, making him the second-fastest Trojan ever in race (behind only Sam Masson's 46.09 set in 2006). It also improved upon his NCAA `B' cut. Freshman Josh Joiner was 14th in a personal-best 48.03 while freshman Jeff Daniels was 18th (48.37) and freshman T.J. Auner was 20th (48.74), both in season-best swims.

Sophomore Luke Tanner finished 15th in the 200y free in 1:37.17 after posting a season-best 1:37.13 in prelims. Sophomore Buddy Turner was 24th (1:39.24) after a season-best 1:37.26 in prelims and freshman Julian Bonse was 31st in a season-best 1:40.06.

Senior Kevin Bartell became the third-fastest Trojan ever in the 100y breast with an NCAA consideration 53.88 that helped him to 11th while senior Kazu Miyahara was 16th in a personal-best 55.44.

Freshman T.J. Auner (48.63) and sophomore Jake Grosser (48.91) were 11th and 12th, respectively in the 100y back. Grosser went 48.57 in prelims, making him the ninth-fastest Trojan in the race, while Auner's final time makes him 10th fastest.

USC's 400y medley relay of Mangoni, Bartell, Poseria and Grosser was fifth in a season-best and NCAA consideration time of 3:12.62.

USC remains in fourth with 269 points. Stanford leads (607.5) while Cal is second (572), Arizona is third (421), Washington is fifth (216) and ASU is sixth (171.5).

Included in those scores are diving results from last week's Men's Pac-10 Diving Championships. Scores added today came from freshman Harrison Jones' second-place finish on 3-meter as well as an eighth-place by Steven Starks and a 12th by Greg Miller.

The Pac-10 Championships conclude Saturday (March 7).

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