USC leads field after day one of Pac-12 Men's Swimming Championships
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - USC holds a narrow lead in the six-team field at the end of day one of the 2015 Pac-12 Men’s Swimming Championships. The Trojans hold 74 points through the first two events, followed by CALIFORNIA with 72 points. STANFORD is third with 66, ARIZONA is fourth with 58, UTAH is fifth with 56 and ARIZONA STATE is sixth with 54.
California had the first win of the meet with a first-place finish in the 200 medley relay, clocking in at 1:24.16 on the legs of Ryan Murphy, Chuck Katis, Justin Lynch and Tyler Messerschmidt. USC came in second, while STANFORD placed third and reigning 200 medley relay champion ARIZONA placed fourth. ARIZONA STATE and UTAH rounded out the event at fifth and sixth, respectively.
The Trojans took the lead with a victory in the 800 free relay later that night, setting a new Pac-12 Championships record with a time of 6:12.51. The relay team of Dylan Carter, Reed Malone, Michael Domagala and Cristian Quintero teamed up for the new meet record, touching almost a full second and a half before STANFORD’s A relay, which came in second at 6:14.98. CALIFORNIA placed third in the event, followed by UTAH at fourth, ARIZONA at fifth and ARIZONA STATE at sixth.
The 2015 Pac-12 Men’s Swimming Championships continue tomorrow, Thursday, Mar. 5, at Weyerhauser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash., with prelims at 11 a.m. PT and finals beginning at 6 p.m. PT. The 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free and 200 free relay will take place on Thursday.