USC's Alexei Sancov, Nikola Miljenic Reach A Finals as Pac-12 Championships Close
Junior Alexei Sancov earned a spot on the podium after finishing second in the 200y fly to highlight USC's final evening at the 2021 Pac-12 Men's Swimming Championships on Wednesday (March 3) in Houston, Texas.
Sancov posted the second fastest time in prelims, touching in 1:41.94 (NCAA B) to secure a spot in the A final and breaks his own USC record set in 2019 (1:42.20). He then returned in finals to lower his record even further, posting a 1:41.04 (NCAA B) to finish second.
Sophomore Jack Kirby led the Trojans in the 200y backstroke, finishing second in 1:42.08 for USC.
Redshirt Senior Mario Koenigsperger was third in the consolation final of the 200y breast, touching in 1:57.35. Freshman Justin Lum was fifth in 1:58.81.
Four Trojans represented USC in the 1650y free, with two finishing in the top-16. David Mertz led the way for Troy with a NCAA B cut time of 15:20.76 to finish 12th. Ivan Puskovitch was 15th in 15:32.86.
For the second day in a row, Nikola Miljenic reach the A finals, finishing fourth in the 100y free in a time of 42.84.
Three other Trojans appeared in the 100y free, as Jan Collazo Torres (second, 43.34 B), Max Saunders (fourth, 43.45 B) and Billy Cruz Zuniga (seventh, 43.88) swam in the consolation final.
Sophomore Harry Homans led Troy in the consolation final of the 200y fly, finishing second in 1:43.92. Jackson Odgers was eighth in 1:46.50.
USC wrapped up the final evening of competition with a podium finish in the 400y free relay, touching in 2:51.35. Collazo Torres, Miljenic, Saunders and Sancov finished third in the final relay to lead USC.
The Trojans finished fifth overall, wrapping up the meet with 414 points. Winning the Pac-12 team title was Cal with 970 points, following by Stanford (788), Arizona (644) and Utah (420).
Troy will return home to training before gearing up for the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships March 24-27 in Greensboro, N.C.