California swims ahead on day two of Pac-12 women's swimming championships
FEDERAL WAY, WASH. – California continued to roll on day two of the 2015 Pac-12 Women’s Swimming and Men’s and Women’s Diving Championships at the Weyerhaeuser King Country Aquatic Center, with Cierra Runge adding another NCAA record this time in the 500 free, and with the team sweeping the night’s swimming events. On the diving boards, Stanford’s Kristian Ipsen defended his one meter title, picking up a win, while fellow Cardinal diver Alexandra Clay finished first in the women’s three meter.
After the morning session preliminaries in the 500-yard freestyle, 200-yard individual medley and 50-yard freestyle determined the night’s finals participants, the men’s and women’s diving championships got underway. In the men’s one-meter dive, eight entries dove their way to the finals. Stanford’s Kristian Ipsen, last year’s champion, finished in first again this year with a score of 459.25, followed by Arizona’s Rafael Quintero (444.60) and Utah’s Jacob Crayne (383.75).
As the evening rolled around it was time for the finals in the 500-free, 200-IM and 50-free. Two consolation rounds were followed by eight swimmers competing in each main event. Cierra Runge opened the night of swimming with a bang, setting an NCAA record in the 500-free with a time of 4:31:90. USC’s Chelsea Chenault took second with a 4:37.55 and Arizona’s Bonnie Brandon posted a 4:38.87 to pick up third place.
In the 200-IM, California sophomore Missy Franklin collected her fourth-career Pac-12 individual title after recording a 1:53.47, touching the wall 33-hundredths of a second in front of her teammate Elizabeth Pelton (1:53.80). Another Golden Bear, Celina Lee, finished third with a 1:55.52.
In the 50-free final California picked up its fifth win of the championship as Farida Osman took first with 21.65. Stanford’s Simone Manuel came in second with a time of 21.81 and UCLA’s Linnea Mack and Stanford’s Janet Hu finished tied for third (22.13).
Before the 200-yard freestyle relay could end day two, the women’s three-meter diving finals provided the biggest surprise of the night as Stanford’s Alexandra Clay dove her way to a first place finish in the event finishing with a score of 363.95, followed by Arizona’s Samantha Pickens (352.95) and ASU’s Hailey Casper (343.35).
Day two ended with the 200-free relay. California, Stanford and Arizona State went 1-2-3. The Golden Bears posted a meet record 1:27.18 and the Cardinal and Sun Devils finished 1:28.02 and 1:30.16 respectively.
At the end of day two, California took a solid lead as its total increased to 535 heading into the third day of competition on Friday. Stanford finished in second (479.5) followed by USC (351), Arizona (346), UCLA (266.5), Utah (229), Arizona State (207), Washington State (160) and Oregon State (156).
Preliminaries and finals for the 400-yard individual medley, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke and 100-yard backstroke are set for Friday in addition to the prelims and semifinals for the men’s three-meter dive and the women’s one-meter dive. Action begins at 11 a.m. PT. Action from the first two days of competition will air at 10 a.m. PT on Pac-12 Networks.