Mangoni Wins Pac-10 400y IM title
March 7, 2008
Junior Vanni Mangoni came from behind to win his first career Pac-10 Conference title while senior Bryce Elser and sophomore James Martin also made finals appearances to lead the Trojans on the third day of the 2008 Pac-10 Men's Swimming Championships at Belmont Plaza in Long Beach, Calif., on Friday (March 7).
Mangoni, fifth in the 400y IM in 2007 and 10th in 2006, won the event this year in a season-best and NCAA automatic qualifying time of 3:45.71, well ahead of second-place Arizona State junior C.J. Nuess (3:48.38).
The Italian native who was fourth in the 400y IM at the 2007 NCAA Championships, was in third place midway through the event on Friday night, more than a second beyond Cal junior Aaron Casey and also behind Trojan teammate Martin. But after just 50 yards of breaststroke, Mangoni had taken over the lead, which he extended heading into the final 100 yards of freestyle. From there, he had no problem holding off the rest of the field to secure USC's fourth title in the 400y IM in the past five years.
The title also extends USC's streak of winning at least one Pac-10 title each year since 1997.
Martin finished eighth in the 400y IM in 3:52.80 in his first career Pac-10 final. His 3:51.06 was a season-best and an NCAA consideration time.
Elser, in his second straight Pac-10 100y final, finished eighth in 48.14. Junior Ankur Poseria was 11th in 48.30 while Brandon Lovell was 16th (48.88). Senior Richard Gosper was 18th (48.47). Poseria's and Gosper's marks were season bests and NCAA consideration times.
Sophomore Zoltan Povazsay was 12th in a season-beset 1:37.72, another NCAA consideration mark and tops on the Trojans this season.
Freshman Jake Grosser was 10th in the 100y back (49.45) in a then-season-best effort while Poseria, in his second swim of the night, was 12th (49.73, also a season best).
Troy's 400y medley relay of Grosser, freshman Dillon Connolly, Elser and Gosper was sixth in a season-best 3:16.50. Grosser's opening 49.27 in the back lowered his season-best back effort.
The meet concludes Saturday, prelims at 11 a.m., finals at 6 p.m.