Stanford Leads After Day 2 of the Pac-10 Men's Swimming Championships
March 4, 2010
LONG BEACH, Calif.- After finishing in third after day one of competition, the reigning Pac-10 Champion Cardinal rallied on Thursday winning two of the four events to claim a commanding lead heading into the final two days of the 2010 Pac-10 Men’s Swimming Championships at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool, moving one step closer to their 29th straight Conference championship.
On Day two of the Pac-10 Championships, Stanford was paced by an impressive performance from their 200-yard relay team winning the event for a second year in a row, just edging out California by little over a tenth of a second. Alex Coville, Aaron Wayne, Jake Allen, and David Dunford sprinted the Cardinal to the victory in a NCAA “A”qualifying time of 1:17.32.
Heading into the final leg the Cardinal held a half a body length lead over the Bears’ who were counting on 2008 U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Nathan Adrian to propel them to victory, but Stanford’s Dunford had different ideas and managed to outstretch Adrian at the wall to give the win to the Cardinal
In the 500-yard freestyle, Mosko earned a win for the Cardinal by with a NCAA “A” qualifying time of 4:14.53, beating his closest opponent by a little over two seconds.
“I have to give all the credit in that race to my teammates for pushing me so hard this season in practice,” said Mosko. “I think yesterday we were a little tentative but we were more relaxed today. We seized the momentum in the morning and it helped us through the rest of the night.”
Clement Lefert and Patrick White of USC finished in second and third in the event with times of 4:16.70 and 4:18.63, respectively.
In the 50-yard free, the Bears’ Adrian won the race with an NCAA“A” qualifying time of 19.20 to win the event for the second season in a row. Dunford and Cardinal teammate Alex Coville rounded out the podium with times 19.51 and19.60. In the 200-yard IM, Cal’s Martin Liivamagi became the event champion with a NCAA “A” qualifying time of 1:43.73. Stanford’s Matt Thompson finished in second with a time of1:45.30 and Arizona’s Jack Brown finished third with a time 1:45.53.
The Pac-10 Championships will continue on Friday with the 400-yard IM, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke, 100-yard backstroke, and 400-medley relay races taking place. Prelims begin at 11 a.m. and finals begin at 6 p.m.
1. Stanford, 307
2. California, 225
3. Arizona, 222
4. USC, 212
5. Arizona State, 115