2014 Pac 12 Championships – 100 FLY – Reported by Jared Anderson
In prelims, California’s Tony Cox was the top seed and the only man under 46. At finals, that torch passed on to another senior, Arizona’s Giles Smith. Smith went 45.92 to top the 100 fly field, while Cox added a few hundredths to slip back above 46, going 46.01.
That time is well off Smith’s season-best, but is still a very positive sign for Arizona, which likely didn’t have Smith fully rested for this meet. After struggling for most of the second semester, Smith seems back on track now and poised to take over as the reigning NCAA butterfly king for graduated Golden Bear Tom Shields.
Cal got second and third in the race with Marcin Tarczynski rolling in behind Cox in 46.42. Arizona State’s star Sun Devil Alex Coci took fourth with a 46.50, just touching out Maclin Davis of USC.
Stanford’s Connor Black and Cal’s Seth Stubblefield battled it out for sixth, with Black topping Stubblefield 46.61 to 46.63. Ryan Murphy went just about the same time as he did in prelims to remain 8th at 46.86.