An exciting 100 free matchup between USC’s Cristian Quintero and Utah’s Nick Soedel highlighted the final dual meet of the Pac-12 season, a 158-139 USC victory in Utah.
Full day 1 results
Full day 2 results
The two-day meet featured an interesting first-day lineup. Friday night saw the teams race in unscored 400 medley and 200 free relays, plus unscored 50s of each non-free stroke. The only scored event was the 1650, which went to Utah’s Bence Kiraly in 15:18.16.
Kiraly came back the next day to win the 500 free in 4:28.17, part of a big Utah run through the middle of the lineup.
That run kicked off with Nick Soedel‘s big 100 free win over USC’s returning multi-event NCAA champ Cristian Quintero. Soedel nearly hit a season-best in the event, going 43.28 to Quintero’s 44.17. The two came home with exactly the same final 50 split (22.74), but Soedel had the early speed to take the win.
That set off a string of five consecutive touchouts for Utah, who looked like they just might steal a win from their favored Pac-12 rivals.
Kristian Kron won the 200 backstroke over USC senior Cary Wright 1:48.77 to 1:47.89. Then Utah freshman Jack Burton topped USC’s Jonah Hu 2:01.36 to 2:01.79 in the 200 breast. Next came Kiraly’s 500 free win by .01 over Southern California freshman Pawel Furtek (4:28.18).
The 100 fly then came down to half a second, with Utah senior Alex Fernandes going 48.47 to Ralf Tribuntsov‘s 48.92.
But that Ute run turned out to be all for naught, as USC swept the relays and used depth to still pick up the team win. Wright was a big part of the effort, combining his second-place 200 back swim with wins in the 100 back (48.22) and 200 IM (1:50.77).
Quintero won the 50 free with a 20.54, and got some redemption from the 100 by leading off the 400 free relay in 43.34. That beat out Soedel, who was 43.52, and USC went on to win the race with a 2:55.97.
Junior Collin Pollard swept 1-meter and 3-meter diving for the Trojans, and Chad Bobrosky also contributed a 200 free win (1:39.25).
Utah rookie Burton had a great meet, pairing his 200 breast win with a 56.13 win in the 100 breast, and his teammate David Fraser also got a win, going 1:50.01 in the 200 fly.