On day 2 of the 2013 Men’s Pac 12 Championships in Federal Way, Washington, times continued to be overall a bit disappointing. That is, of course, excluding some fantastic top-end times, and some really significant drops further into the ranks. Through the middle-chunk of the scoring, though, times continue to look like there’s a lot of teams at this meet that are hoping to push through to NCAA’s without much rest at this meet.
Men’s 500 Free Finals
USC’s Cristian Quintero started last season midway through, and even on that short turnaround still ended up with a decent year. His potential, though, and the reason why the Trojans were so excited to bring him in, is now really starting to shine through. He won this race in 4:13.37 for his first individual Pac 12 title. That scoots just ahead of Connor Jaeger as the best time in the country this season, and is just a few tenths slower than the time with which he was a runner-up at NCAA’s last year.
After that performance, Quintero must become the favorite to win the 1650 on Thursday as well.
After his time, there wasa huge dropoff; Quintero pushed the pace early (out in 47.78) and nobody hung with him. The runner-up was Cal sophomore Adam Hinshaw in 4:18.08, and his junior teammate Jeremy Bagshaw took 3rd in 4:18.65. This race sort of epitomized how a lot of the races, especially those that aren’t the 100-yard strokes, will go, with a lot of youth. There were no seniors in the top 8, and only two juniors. Stanford’s Danny Thomson was the top freshman finisher in 6th place with a 4:21.25.
Dimitri Colupaev, who slipped to the B-Final after a miscount on his prelims swim, won that in 4:20.24. He looked like he would pull away in that final, but Cal freshman Trent Williams and Michael Haney finished very well to close the gap to 4:20.95 and 4:21.28, respectively.
Men’s 200 IM Finals
Stanford sophomore David Nolan won the 200 IM for the second-straight season, touching in 1:42.41 for the victory. Cal’s Marcin Tarczynski, who won NCAA’s last year, was 2nd in 1:43.10, and freshman Josh Prenot was 3rd in 1:43.73.
The time was nearly the same, but the way Nolan swam this race was very different. He split 29.15 on his breaststroke leg, which was more than a second faster than he split at this meet last year. He’s done a lot of breaststroking this season as he has been one of the big options for the breaststroke leg on the Cardinal 400 medley relay. In exchange, he’s backed way off of his opening butterfly leg and hung toward the back of the back through 50 yards; that seems like a smart strategy as his backstroke is so good that it still had him in the lead at the halfway mark of the race.
Tarczynski was still a little bit faster on the breaststroke (28.9-29.1), but the gap is significantly smaller than it was.
Stanford got big points in this race with Nolan’s win and 5th-9th place finishes, but their failure to knock any of the Cal swimmers lower than 4th was still a “plus” result for the Golden Bears.
Stanford freshman Tom Kremer won the B Final in 1:45.37; USC’s Morten Klarskov was DQ’ed out of that B final after touching 2nd in the heat.
Men’s 50 Free Finals
USC’s Vlad Morozov won the men’s 50 free in 18.86: a stunning time that ranks him just .01 behind Auburn’s Marcelo Chierighini as the fastest time in the country this year.
There’s been a lot of crazy numbers thrown out about what Morozov is capable of this year, though with Russian Trials coming up we don’t know for a fact that he’ll be at full rest for NCAA’s. The consensus seems to be that he’ll get Cesar Cielo’s record of 18.47 if he is at a full taper. There’s a lot of hope that we’ll see the first ever 17 on a relay split (Cielo and teammate Matt Targett have both been 18.1’s).
But don’t think that he’s going to run away from Chierighini. Without getting into any debates as to whether Brazilian facial hair or Russian leg hair has a higher coefficient of friction, the two have settled on fairly similar patterns early in this meet: a sub-19 in prelims, and just a few hundredths faster in finals.
Morozov’s teammate Jack Wagner took 2nd in 19.53, and Utah got their first ever Pac 12 podium finish with a 19.64 from Nick Soedel in 3rd. He tied there with Cal sophomore Seth Stubblefield.
In the B-Final, Cal’s Nick Dillinger, just a freshman, took 9th in 19.87. Even dating back to the days of Anthony Ervin, this program has had a lot of success historically with male freshmen sprinters; that’s despite most sprinters specifically taking a little bit longer to develop.
Men’s 200 Free Relay Final
After going 1-2 in the 50 free, USC not surprisingly won the 200 free relay in 1:17.13. That included an 18.51 2nd leg from Morozov and a 19.61 leadoff from the aforementioned Wagner. Freshman Maclin Davis (19.50) and Dimitri Colupaev (19.51) joined them
Cal took 2nd in 17.76, with an anchor from Stubblefield of 18.86; and Stanford took 3rd in 17.97 with a 19.35 anchor from Aaron Wayne.
Arizona took 4th in 1:18.60.
The official standings have only incorporated a single diving event thus far, but we’ve gone ahead and included all of the diving points, as the diving competition was completed last week.
The Cardinal are holding onto a narrow, 27-point lead; but consider this: in terms of “official scoring” through this point in the meet, Cal is roughly 90-points ahead of last year’s pace already. That could be trouble for the streak, though thus far Stanford has left a whole lot of points in their exhibition swimmers (including three exhibitioned 500 freestylers who could’ve made the A-Final).
|1. Stanford 356|
|2. Cal 329.5|
|3. USC 248|
|4. Arizona 208|
|5. Utah 177.5|
|6. Arizona State 155|
|7. UCSB 97|
|8. Cal Poly 66|