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USC’s Nikola Miljenic Takes 5th in 50 Free On Day 2 of Pac-12 Championships

Mar 1, 2021


Senior Nikola Miljenic made his fourth career appearance in a conference A final to highlight USC's second evening at the 2021 Pac-12 Men's Swimming Championships on Monday (March 1) in Houston, Texas.
USC sits in fifth place with 190 points heading into day three of competition tomorrow. Stanford is in first with 339 points, followed by Cal (334), Arizona (271) and Utah (235). 
Miljenic's 19.60 finals time led him to his second consecutive fifth-place finish in the A-finals of the 50y free. Last year, he posted a 19.48 to finish fifth. 
Sophomore Max Saunders tied for first in the consolation final of the 50y free, touching in an NCAA B cut time of 19.81. Saunders' time would've been the seventh fastest in the A final. Joining Saunders in the consolation final was Billy Cruz Zuniga who touched third in 19.87. 
Junior Dom Margarino finished sixth in the consolation final of the 500y free, posting a 4:23.56. Sophomore Ivan Puskovitch was eighth in 4:25.05. 
Also in the 500y free was sophomore David Mertz who led the way for the Trojans in the bonus final, finishing fifth in 4:27.40. Joining Mertz in the bonus final was Owen Kao (second, 4:30.21) and Trent Martinez (eighth, 4:30.81). 
USC had three swimmers advance to the bonus final of the 200y IM, as Harry Homans (1:47.00), Jackson Odgers (1:49.49) and Ryan Peterson (1:50.93) touched 4-7-8, respectively. 
USC wrapped up the second day of competition with a trip to the podium, as the splash and dash quartet of Miljenic, Saunders, Alexei Sancov and Cruz Zuniga finished in an NCAA B cut time of 1:17.37 to take second. 

Tuesday, March 2
9 a.m. (PT) – Prelims
4:30 p.m. (PT) – Finals
(400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, 200 medley relay)
Wednesday, March 3
8 a.m. (PT) – Prelims
4:30 p.m. (PT) – Finals
(200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, 400 free relay) 
Fans will be able to watch all finals sessions of the Pac-12 Championships either through the Pac-12 Now App, or over the linear Pac-12 Network. For the most up-to-date information for how to watch, visit Rich Burk and Amy Van Dyken will have the call all week from Houston.

Date Time (PT) Event How to Watch 
Tues., March 2  4:30 p.m. 400 IM, 100 Fly, 200 Free, 100 Breast, 100 Back & 
200 Medley Relay Finals 
Pac-12 Network / Pac-12 Now app / 
Wed., March 3  4:30 p.m. 200 Back, 100 Free, 200 Breast 200 Fly & 400 Free Relay Finals 
Pac-12 LA, Pac-12 MT / Pac-12 Now app/ 


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Live Results click here. For the Pac-12 Record Book click here.