Trojans Finish Strong At Pac-10 Championships

March 6, 2010


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Richard Charlesworth finished third in the 1650y free while Clement Lefert and Patrick White each made their third finals appearance on the closing day of the 2010 Pac-10 Swimming Championships on Saturday (March 6) at Belmont Plaza in Long Beach, Calif.

Charlesworth, a 2008 British Olympian in the 1500m free, finished the yards version of the mile in 14:57.39, an NCAA `B' cut USC's best time of the season. It also allowed him to break into Troy's top 10 list in the event in ninth. Sophomore Julian Bonse was 11th (15:31.81).

Lefert, who already claimed a Pac-10 title in the 200y free and was second in the 500y free, took fourth in the 200y fly in 1:43.94, completing one of the best performances of the championships. His prelim time of 1:43.72 was a season best, improving his NCAA `B' cut and lowering his time that already made him the third fastest Trojan ever in the event. Freshman Justin DiFederico took 11th in 1:47.41, a personal best and an NCAA `B' cut.

White, second in the 200y free and third in the 500y free, finished a great week with a seventh in the 100y free in 43.91. His prelim time of 43.63 made him the ninth-fastest Trojan ever in the race. Sophomore Jeff Daniels (43.91) and junior Emmett Walling (44.06) took 10th and 11th, respectively. Daniels' prelim time of 43.83 was a season-best, as was Walling's consolation final swim. Both were NCAA `B' cuts.

Junior Dillon Connolly, third in the 100y breast on Friday, followed it up with another finals appearance in the 200y breast, taking eighth in 1:57.09. His prelim time of 1:55.96 was USC's season best.

Freshman Alex Lendrum reached his first Pac-10 final, taking eighth in the 200y back in 1:45.00. He went 1:42.09 in prelims, improving his NCAA `B' cut and becoming the third-fastest Trojan ever in the race. Freshman Nick Karpov was 10th (1:44.98), his 1:44.64 a season best and an NCAA `B' cut.

USC's 400y free relay of White, senior Zoltan Povazsay, Daniels and Walling finished fourth in 2:54.38, a season best and an NCAA `B' cut. USC's record (2:53.15) in the race dates back to 1990.

Stanford came back on the final day to win the team title (897), and was followed by Cal (829.5), Arizona (654.5), USC (521) and ASU (326).

Scores from Pac-10 Diving Championships, which was held last week, were added to team scores after each day. USC sophomore Harrison Jones won a conference title on 3-meter. The win was USC's 28th Pac-10 title and its first on a springboard event since 1999. Jones also finished second on platform and was fifth on 1-meter. Junior Steven Starks was sixth on platform, marking the third time he finished in the top six in the event at the Pac-10s. He also reached the final on 3-meter.

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