California maintains lead after day three of men's swimming championships
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - The third day of the Pac-12 Men’s Swimming Championships saw even more records fall and some tight finishes in the competition, but CALIFORNIA held on to the lead heading into the final day of the meet.
Cal placed a total of nine times in today’s six events to extend its lead over the rest of the field, with two individual victories in the 400 IM and the 100 back. The Golden Bears now hold 545 points at first place in the competition, with STANFORD following at second with 471 and ARIZONA at third with 415. USC is at fourth after three full days, followed by UTAH, ARIZONA STATE, UC SANTA BARBARA and CAL POLY, respectively.
Despite Cal’s lead, ARIZONA was the stellar victor of the 400 medley relay finals, coming from behind on the final leg to oust the Bears with a time of 3:05.68 and grab the event title. Mitchell Friedemann, Kevin Cordes, Giles Smith and Brad Tandy picked up the Wildcats’ second relay title of the Championships, as the same tandem won the 200 medley relay on the first night of finals competition. California’s team of Ryan Murphy, Chuck Katis, Marcin Tarczynski and Tyler Messerschmidt placed second a mere .27 seconds behind UA at 3:05.94.
In individual events, Cal added to its lead early and often, beginning with sophomore Josh Prenot’s victory in the 400 individual medley. Prenot swam a 3:42.50, good enough for first place and an NCAA A-cut time, the only one of the event. He was followed by teammate Adam Hinshaw at second with a time of 3:44.00 Max Williamson of STANFORD rounded out the podium for the event.
Arizona’s Giles Smith earned his first individual victory and his second championship of the meet, winning the 100 fly. Smith swam the only A-cut of the event, touching at 45.92 seconds. He was followed closely by California’s Tony Cox, who touched at 46.01, a mere .09 seconds behind Smith. Cal landed two swimmers on the podium as Marcin Tarczynski placed third with a time of 46.42.
Cristian Quintero of USC broke his second individual event record of the meet, dominating the 200 free for his second-consecutive title in the event. Quintero recorded a time of 1:32.81, a full .18 seconds faster than the previous Pac-12 Championships record of 1:32.98 set by Nathan Adrian of California. Quintero was joined on the podium by teammate Dimitri Colupaev, who swam a 1:33.46 for a second-place finish. The two swimmers earned NCAA A-cuts in the event. Third-place finisher Trent Williams of California swam a B-cut time of 1:34.01.
Another individual record fell as Arizona’s Kevin Cordes swam an impressive 51.23 in the 100 breaststroke. Cordes, who already owns the fastest time in the nation at 50.70 from the Texas Invitational earlier this year, broke the previous meet record of 51.41 set by Damir Dugonjic of Cal in 2009. Chuck Katis of Cal placed second in the event with a time of 52.69, while the Wildcats placed two swimmers on the podium as Brad Tandy placed third with a time of 53.14.
The individual events were rounded out by another Golden Bear victory as freshman Ryan Murphy took home first place in the 100 back. The freshman swam an NCAA A-cut of 45.59 to prevent Stanford’s Dave Nolan from grabbing a second-consecutive title in the event, as Nolan placed second with an A-cut time of 45.66. Cal’s Jacob Pebley placed third with a B-cut time of 46.34.
The 3-meter diving results, which took place last week, were tabbed in just before the 400 medley relay. ARIZONA STATE’s Riley McCormick captured the 3-meter title with a final score of 439.70, besting Stanford’s Kristian Ipsen and Arizona’s Rafael Quintero.
The 2014 Pac-12 Men’s Championships wrap up tomorrow, Saturday, March 8, with preliminary events beginning at 11 a.m. PT before finals in the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly and 400 free relay start at 4 p.m. PT.