Stanford's Nolan sets U.S. record as Cardinal takes lead at Pac-12 Men's Swimming Championships
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - It was déjà vu on day two of the 2015 Pac-12 Men’s Swimming Championships as all four events saw repeat champions en route to STANFORD taking the overall lead. The Cardinal moved into first with 288 points, largely thanks to Dave Nolan’s American-record performance in the 200 individual medley.
CALIFORNIA remained second in the team standings with 248.5 points, edging out USC which is in third with 242.5 points. ARIZONA is fourth after two full days of action, while UTAH stands at fifth and ARIZONA STATE is sixth.
The night kicked off with a repeat champion in the 500 free as USC’s Cristian Quintero won his third-consecutive title in the event. With a meet-record time of 4:11.25, which is also the second-best time nationally this year, Quintero narrowly beat out fellow Trojan Reed Malone who swam a 4:11.30, which also bested the previous Pac-12 meet record. Rounding out the podium was Utah’s Bence Kiraly, who touched at 4:14.67 for an NCAA B-cut time.
Dave Nolan lit up Weyerhauser in the next final with an electric performance in the 200 IM. The four-time 200 IM Pac-12 champion capped his career in the event by setting a new American record, swimming a 1:40.07 for the historic finish. The senior, a 17-time All-American and two-time NCAA champion, picked up his 10th Pac-12 title all-time. California took second and third on the legs of Josh Prenot (1:41.79) and Ryan Murphy (1:42.94).
The repeats continued as Arizona’s Brad Tandy took home his second-consecutive title in the 50 free. The senior touched at 18.95 seconds for first place and the third-fastest time in the nation so far this year. USC’s Santo Condorelli placed second in the event with a 19.29 and California’s Seth Stubblefield placed third at 19.32.
Diving events from last week’s 2015 Pac-12 Women’s Swimming and Men’s and Women’s Diving Championships were allocated after the 50 free, and Stanford took a commanding lead as Kristian Ipsen’s first-place score of 459.25 contributed 20 points. Arizona’s Rafael Quintero was second with 444.60, and Utah’s Jacob Crayne was third with 383.75.
Cal took home its second-straight title in the 200 free relay to wrap up the evening. The team of Fabio Gimondi, Tyler Messerschmidt, Ryan Murphy and Seth Stubblefield combined for a time of 1:16.57 for the first-place finish. USC’s A-relay took second place in the event, followed by Stanford at third.
The 2015 Pac-12 Men’s Swimming Championships continue tomorrow, Friday, Mar. 6, at Weyerhauser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash., with prelims at 11 a.m. PT and finals beginning at 6 p.m. PT. The 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back and 400 medley relay will take place tomorrow.