USC vs STANFORD (MEN’S DUAL)
- Saturday, February 4, 2023
- Avery Aquatic Center, Stanford, CA
- SCY (25 yards)
- originally published Feb 6th
- Stanford – 169
- USC – 108
Stanford hosted USC for a men’s Pac-12 dual meet over the weekend, beating the Trojans in a 169-108 decision.
Stanford star Andrei Minakov took the 100 fly in 47.02, getting out to a great start with a 21.86 on the first 50. Notably, Stanford freshman Rafael Gu didn’t race the 100 fly for points, but did time trial the event, where he swam a new lifetime best of 46.10.
Minakov also swam a time trial of the 200 free, where he ripped a 1:32.80. It was a great time for Minakov as championship meet season approaches, since the redshirt sophomore has a personal best of 1:31.49 in the event. He also nearly negative split the race at this meet, going 46.25 on the first 100, then coming home in 46.55.
Stanford’s Zhier Fan was another one of the top performers of the meet, sweeping the breaststroke events. Fan very nearly clocked a new personal best in the 100 breast, winning the race in 53.08. Not only is that a great dual meet swim from the freshman, but Fan was also just 0.11 seconds off his personal best of 52.97, which he swam a Sectionals meet last March.
Fan then went on to win the 200 breast in 1:56.93, building a big early lead with a 55.59 on the first 100, then coming home in 1:00.34.
There was a phenomenal race in the 100 free, where Stanford teammates Andres Dupont and Luke Maurer finished just 0.01 seconds apart. Maurer established an early lead, splitting 21.17 on the first 50 to Dupont’s 21.43. Dupont then came home slightly faster than Maurer, ultimately touching in 43.94, just ahead of Maurer’s 43.95.
Maurer had won the 200 free earlier in the meet, swimming a 1:36.66. He put together a great race, splitting 22.64 on the first 50, then splitting 24.66, 24.81, and 24.55 respectively on the remaining three 50s.
Leon MacAlister (Stanford) won the 100 back convincingly, speeding to a 47.17. He completely took the race over on the first 50, splitting 22.88, which was over a second faster than anyone else in the heat.
OTHER SWIMMING WINNERS
- 200 medley relay: Stanford (MacAlister, Fan, Hu, Affeld) – 1:27.62
- 1000 free: Matt Fenlon (Stanford) – 9:19.42
- 200 fly: Jackson Odgers (USC) – 1:47.55
- 500 free: Preston Forst (Stanford) – 4:28.77
- 200 back: Hayden Kwan (Stanford) – 1:46.31
- 200 free relay: Stanford (Gu, Maurer, Voss, Minakov) – 1:19.73
- 200 IM: Ron Polonsky (Stanford) – 1:47.59
- 1-meter: Jack Ryan (Stanford) – 353.70
- 3-meter: George Korovin (USC) – 368.03
Is minakov still planning to swim 5 relays and 2 individuals at NCs? I would assume yes but curious if anyone else has any speculation
I was gonna say they leave him out of the 200 free relay, but they actually might not need him for the 800 free relay this year, unless they think they have a chance to win the thing. They’ve got a heck of a stable of 200 freestylers besides him hanging around – Forst, Maurer, Polonsky should all be 1:31 range for the returners, then Dupont and Gu both seem like they’re building up to something good.
That’s how Gabriel “The Golden Jett” swims it too!
The Trojans looked pretty rough this weekend… against Cal as well.
46.2/46.5 is absolutely gross splitting for the 200 free SCY. keep watch of this guy drop as he drops a 1:29 leading off a relay in March😮💨
If there was any doubt that Minakov was in shape it’s no longer true he’s back in Championship form.
Normalize telling the audience if the swim was suited
You can tell by their times they weren’t suited unless he put a suit on for the one race and the other one maybe Gu 46 fly swim a full second faster then Minakov.
I believe the time trials were suited and the rest of the meet wasn’t.
Time trials were suited, regular events were not. So Minakov swam the 200 fr suited but the 100 fly using a regular speedo.
Okay that makes sense