Stanford Extends Lead on Day Three
MONTEREY PARK, Calif. — Despite strong individual performances from CALIFORNIA, ARIZONA and USC on Friday, STANFORD is still in the lead after day three of the Pac-12 Championships at East Los Angeles College. The Cardinal leads with 623.5 points, Cal is second with 544 and Arizona is in third with 382.
Stanford established dominance early, sweeping the 400 individual medley. Freshman Drew Cosgarea came in first at 3:44.97, junior Matt Thompson took second with a time of 3:45.64 and sophomore Bryan Offutt finished third at 3:46.56.
Cal junior Tom Shields won the 100 butterfly with an automatic NCAA qualifying time of 45.04. Cal senior Mathias Gydesen placed second with 46.07 and Arizona sophomore Woody Joye was third at 46.84.
USC sophomore Dmitri Colupaev repeated as the 200 freestyle champion, finishing in 1:34.20. Stanford senior Rob Andrews came in second at 1:34.84 and Cal freshman Tyler Messerschmidt was third at 1:35.24.
The medalists for the 100 breaststroke all finished within .2 seconds of each other: Arizona junior Carl Mickelson posted an automatic NCAA qualifying time of 52.74, Cal senior Nolan Koon finished at 52.90 and fellow Cal senior Martin Liivamagi was third at 52.94.
Stanford freshman David Nolan won the 100 backstroke with an automatic NCAA qualifying time of 45.76. Cal junior Tom Shields took second with an automatic NCAA qualifying time of 45.99 and Cal senior Mathias Gydesen claimed his second medal of the night with a third-place finish of 47.00.
The four fastest times in the 100 backstroke now belong to the Pac-12: Nolan's 45.76 from Friday night is currently the fastest in the nation, while Shields' 45.99 is the fourth-best this season. Arizona sophomore Mitchell Friedemann and UA senior Cory Chitwood swam the second- and third-fastest times earlier this season.
To wrap up the third night of competition, Stanford won the 400 medley relay with an automatic NCAA qualifying time of 3:07.32. The winning relay team was made up of freshman David Nolan, senior Curtis Lovelace, freshman Jack Lane and junior Aaron Wayne. Cal came in second with an automatic NCAA qualifying time of 3:07.70 and Arizona placed third with 3:09.47.
The 2012 Pac-12 Championships conclude Saturday, March 3 with preliminaries at 11 a.m. PT and finals at 6 p.m. PT. Tomorrow's events are the 1650 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly and 400 freestyle relay.
Men's Current Team Standings
1. Stanford 623.5
2. California 544
3. Arizona 382
4. USC 324
5. Utah 185.5
6. Arizona State 175.5
7. UC Santa Barbara 164.5
8. Cal Poly 94