Stanford holds on to lead after day three of Pac-12 Men's Swimming Championships
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - STANFORD maintained its lead over the rest of the field after three full days of the 2015 Pac-12 Men’s Swimming Championships, with a total of 564.5. USC climbed into second on 531.5 points, while CALIFORNIA is third with 488. ARIZONA is at fourth, while UTAH stands at fifth and ARIZONA STATE comes in at sixth heading into the final day of action.
Junior Josh Prenot of California won his third-consecutive Pac-12 title in the 400 IM, breaking his previous meet record with a new time of 3:38.83 in the first-place finish. It marks the second-best time in the nation so far this year. Two newcomers rounded out the podium as Stanford freshman Curtis Ogren and California freshman Connor Green, both members of the U.S. National Junior Team, placed second and third, respectively.
The closest finish of the night came in the 100 fly, as senior Seth Stubblefield won the 100 fly by a margin of .01 seconds. Stubblefield touched at 45.84 seconds, a hair ahead of USC’s Santo Condorelli who swam a 45.85, for the title and another 20 points for the Golden Bears. USC freshman Ralf Tribuntsov placed third, touching at 45.96.
USC’s Cristian Quintero picked up his second title of the meet and his third-consecutive 200 free title, setting a new meet record in the process. The senior, who was seeded fifth in the event, broke his previous meet record with a new record of 1:32.40 for the victory. Finishing at second with a time of 1:34.01 was sophomore Long Gutierrez, while Stanford’s Drew Cosgarea took third at 1:34.35.
Senior Kevin Cordes of Arizona continued his dominance in the breaststroke, winning his third-straight title in the 100 breast just ahead of top-seeded Chuck Katis, a senior from California. Cordes swam a 52.18 for the victory, with Katis following at 52.25. USC’s Andrew Malone, another senior, rounded out the podium, touching at 52.71 for third place.
Friday’s individual events finished with another repeat victory as sophomore Ryan Murphy of California won the 100 back for the second-straight year. Murphy swam a 44.98 in the event for the first-place finish. Freshman Ralf Tribuntsov, who set a meet record during the preliminaries in the 100 back with a national season-best 44.95 earlier this morning, finished second in the finals at 45.27. Senior Dave Nolan of Stanford finished third at 45.37 after being seeded seventh in the prelims.
Another incredible finish rounded out the evening as USC came from behind at the last second to win the 400 free relay. Senior Cristian Quintero swam the final leg of the relay, following Tribuntsov, Andrew Malone and Condorelli, as the Trojans rallied in the final 50 yards for a dramatic comeback victory, touching at 3:04.80. California finished second at 3:05.38, while Stanford came in third at 3:07.35.
The day three standings factored in last week's 3-meter diving finals, which saw Stanford finish 1-2. Kristian Ipsen picked up another title after finishing first with a score of 520.40 for a new Pac-12 meet record, followed by fellow Cardinal Bradley Christiansen at 457.15. Arizona's Rafael Quintero came in third at 447.05.
The 2015 Pac-12 Men’s Swimming Championships finish tomorrow, Saturday, Mar. 7, 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 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, 1650 free and 400 free relay will take place on Saturday.