USC’s Alexei Sancov Wins Pac-12 200y Freestyle Title
Junior Alexei Sancov earned his first Pac-12 swimming title in the 200y freestyle at the 2021 Pac-12 Men's Swimming Championships in Houston, Texas to lead the Trojans during the third day of competition on Tuesday (March 2).
Sancov posted the top time during prelims (1:32.97) to secure the number one seed heading into the A final. The junior then returned to win the event in 1:32.20 and pick up his first conference title.
USC now has 22 Pac-12 200y freestyle titles, with Reed Malone (1:33.08) most recently taking home the title in 2016. Sancov's title is also the first individual conference crown for Troy since 2019.
Sophomore Ivan Puskovitch opened the evening for the Trojans, finishing second in the consolation final of the 400y IM in a PR 3:51.83.
Heading into finals, senior Nikola Miljenic boasted the top time in the 100y fly (45.59), after an impressive swim in prelims. Miljenic returned to finish second in the A final, touching in 45.33.
USC had three swimmers reach the consolation final of the 100y fly, as Harry Homans led a 14-15-16 finish in the 100y fly B final. Homans posted a 47.82, Jackson Odgers a 47.83 and Billy Cruz Zuniga a 47.88.
Redshirt senior Mario Koenigsperger led Troy in the 100y breast, finishing eighth in the A final in 53.54. Appearing in the consolation final of the 100y breast was Trojan newcomer Justin Lum (54.48) and sophomore Ryan Peterson (55.82) who finished 14-16, respectively.
Sophomore Jack Kirby reached the A final of the 100y back, where he finished eighth overall in 47.56, just off his prelim time of 47.16.
Also scoring points for Troy was sophomore Paul Retterer who finished sixth in the consolation final of the 100y back. Retterer posted a 48.36 to lead the Trojans in the B final.
USC wrapped up the third day of competition with a fourth-place finish in the 200y medley relay as Kirby, Koenigsperger, Sancov and Miljenic touched in 1:25.62.
With one day of competition remaining, the Trojans currently sit in fifth place with 304 points. In first is Cal with 640 points, followed by Stanford (551), Arizona (466), and Utah (347).
2021 PAC-12 MEN'S SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS – SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
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)
BROADCAST INFO – How to Watch
Fans will be able to watch all finals sessions of the Pac-12 Championships either through the Pac-12 Now App, Pac-12.com or over the linear Pac-12 Network. For the most up-to-date information for how to watch, visit Pac-12.com. Rich Burk and Amy Van Dyken will have the call all week from Houston.
|Date||Time (PT)||Event||How to Watch|
|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/ Pac-12.com