Stanford Opens Up Lead in First Full Day of Action at the Pac-10 Men's Swimming Championships

LONG BEACH, Calif. - Thursday, March 2 marked the first full day of action at the 2011 Pac-10 Men's Swimming Championships in at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach, Calif. After seven events of competition, Stanford, on a quest for its 30th-straight Pac-10 Men's Swimming team title, is in the lead with 323 points.

The evening finals session began with the 500y freestyle, where USC sophomore Clement Lefert took first with a time of 4:15.59, after finishing in second in the event last season. Stanford junior Bobby Bollier finished in second (4.19.10) and his junior teammate Morgan Priestley came in third (4:20.68).

The morning preliminary session was exciting, in large part thanks to Stanford senior Austin Stabb's shattering of the Pac-10 meet record in the 200y IM with a time of 1:43.54. That record didn't last long, however, as Stabb promptly beat that time in the A-finals with a time of 1:42.01. Two Cal swimmers, junior Martin Liivamagi and freshman Marcin Tarczynski finished second and third, with time of 1:44.73 and 1:46.10, respectively.

In what was predicted to be the best race of the day and possibly the meet, the 50y freestyle race proved to be an enthralling one. California senior Nathan Adrian was expected to bring in a fast time and USC freshman Vlad Morozov was expected to challenge the 100y free NCAA champion. That was exactly what Morozov did, matching Adrian stroke for stroke, but falling just short, as Adrian took the title with a time of 19.00. Morozov finished .06 behind Adrian at 19.06 and Stanford sophomore Aaron Wayne took third (19.51).

The 200y free relay, the final event of day two came down to a photo finish, as both Stanford in lane three and California in lane six appeared to touch the wall almost simultaneously. Controversy was abound at the finish, as Cal's scored appeared to not record properly on the scoreboard, giving Stanford the win. The officials conferred and when the dust settled, it appeared that the Golden Bears had outreached the Cardinal, and their score on the overhead scoreboard was adjusted and they finished with a time of 1:16.62 to take first. Stanford took second at 1:16.86 and Arizona came in third at 1:16.86.

Through seven events, Stanford leads the field with 323 points, California is in second with 251 and USC rounds out the top three with 165 points. Arizona is in fourth with 152, Arizona State in fifth at 103, UCSB in sixth with 75 points and Cal Poly rounds out the field with 64 points.

The action will continue tomorrow at 11 a.m. PT with prelims and time trials and the finals of the 400y IM medley, 100y butterfly, 200y freestyle, 100y breaststroke, 100y backstroke and the 400y medley relay will begin at 6 p.m. PT on Friday, March 4.

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