Cristian Quintero stayed on a roll this week, taking the 200 free in 1:32.81.
Defending champ Josh Prenot won the event for Cal, dropping two seconds from prelims. His 3:42.20 is still a half-second off what he went in winning this race as a freshman, but it does move him inside the top 10 in the NCAA this season.
Arizona won this relay, though it turned into a tighter battle than some might have predicted as Cal put up a season-best time in pushing the Wildcats.
Cal’s Tony Cox has two A-final swims on Friday night, part of 14 overall for the Cal Golden Bears.
This picture taken during the prelims of the 400 IM at the 2014 Pac 12 Championships shows that officials are now on the bulkhead.
Arizona junior Kevin Cordes is a threat to break an American Record every time he swims the 100 breaststroke, and he’ll get another shot on Friday at the Pac-12 Championships.
Dave Nolan smoked a tough 200 IM field with a 1:41.49, just a few tenths off his NCAA-winning time from last season. He’s now the fourth man in the nation under 1:42 this season in what should be a crazy event come nationals.
Junior college transfer Brad Tandy is swimming in his first official NCAA meet, but he’s wasting no time in making his mark for Arizona. The junior went 18.80 to break the championships record, rocket to the top of the national rankings and become just the second man under 19 in the NCAA this season.
Cal rolled to a win, going 1:16.67, which sits fourth in the NCAA. Seth Stubblefield came back with another great swim in a tough double, anchoring in 18.85, the fastest split of the field.
The 200 IM has already been outrageous this season, with three men already going 1:41s in the conference round. Stanford’s Dave Nolan, the defending NCAA champ in the event, became the fourth tonight, powering away with a 1:41.49 win.
Though they have no top seeds, the Cal men do have 8 A-finalists coming out of Wednesday’s prelims – the most of the field at the 2014 Pac 12 Championships. That includes Jeremy Bagshaw, who was 2nd in prelims in the 500 free.
David Nolan is looking to win his third-straight Pac-12 title in the 200 IM and 6th individual title overall on Thursday.
Arizona Medley Relay Splits: Mitchell Friedemann (21.78), Kevin Cordes (23.11), Giles Smith (20.09), and Brad Tandy (18.52.)
The USC Trojans dominated the men’s 800 free relay with a 6:12.54. SPLITS: Dylan Carter led off in 1:33.61, followed by Dimitri Colupaev (1:34.16 – senior), Reed Malone (1:32.85 – freshman) and Cristian Quintero (1:31.92 – senior).
Kevin Cordes led the Arizona men to their first ever 200 medley relay win at the Pac 12 Championships.