Sprinters shine on day two of Pac-12 Championships
FEDERAL WAY, WASH. – The 200 individual medley and 50 freestyle highlighted the second day of the 2016 Pac-12 Women’s Swimming and Men’s and Women’s Diving Championships. The night featured a new Pac-12 Championship record as well as three performers making history.
STANFORD’s Ella Eastin took the Pac-12 Championship crown in the 200 individual medley in a time of 1:52.77. Eastin comes in as the seventh-fastest swimmer ever, besting her preliminary time of 1:53.33.
In a tightly-contested race, Kathleen Baker of CALIFORNIA came in a hair out of first place, finishing in 1:52.80. The freshman also claims one of the fastest 200 IM times in history, becoming the 8th fastest swimmer.
Rounding out a spot on the podium was USC’s Kirsten Vose, who finished in a time of 1:55.65.
After helping WASHINGTON STATE set one of its two school records on Wednesday, Addisyn Bursch claimed the Cougar record in the 200 IM in a time of 1:59.87.
CALIFORNIA’s Farida Osman defended her title in the 50 freestyle, clocking in 21.32 for the Pac-12 Championship record. Lia Neal of STANFORD placed second in 21.88 and USC’s Anika Apostalon finished in third in a time of 21.94.
Osman’s time makes her the second-fastest swimmer in history, tying with Stanford’s Simone Manuel. The top four performances in the 50 freestyle now belong to Pac-12 swimmers: Lara Jackson, Arizona (21.27, 2009); Farida Osman, California (21.32, 2016); Simone Manuel, Stanford (21.32, 2015); Lara Jackson, Arizona (21.33, 2008).
200 Freestyle Relay
The Golden Bear relay of Osman, Kristen Vredeveld, Rachel Bootsma and Amy Bilquist collected six points in the win in a time of 1:26.77.
In a close finish, Stanford took second in 1:27.92 while ARIZONA took third in 1:28.18.
USC’s Chelsea Chenault took home the Conference title in 4:38.13. Chenault won the title after coming in third in the previous two years at the Championships.
ARIZONA’s Bonnie Brandon collected 28 points for the Wildcats coming in second place in a time of 4:41.77.
Rounding out the top three was OREGON STATE’s Sammy Harrison, finishing in 4:41.85 for the second-fastest time in school history.
Stanford sophomore Gracia Leydon-Mahoney took the 3-meter title with a score of 379.55. This is the Cardinal’s second-straight year claiming the 3-meter victory.
Leydon-Mahoney’s teammate and reigning Champion Alex Clay took second with a 362.95, while Madison Witt of UCLA took third with a score of 344.35.
Bradley Christensen of Stanford took the 1-meter title with a score of 405.6. USC’s Collin Pollard finished close behind with a 402.15, while Josiah Purss of UTAH took third with 385.5.
Day two running totals
1. Stanford, 557
2. USC, 512
3. California, 477.5
4. UCLA, 431
5. Arizona, 413
6. Arizona State, 212.5
7. Utah, 210
8. Washington State, 168
9. Oregon State, 155
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