USC Posts Pair Of Relay Seconds To Open Pac-12s|
March 2, 2016
No. 9 USC turned in a pair of close second-place finishes with a pair of NCAA ‘A’ cuts during the two-event start on Wednesday night (March 2) at the 2016 Pac-12 Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships.
The Trojans, looking to defend their 2015 Pac-12 team title, finished the first day in third with 68 points. Cal leads with 72 followed by Arizona (70), USC, Stanford (62), ASU (56) and Utah (52).
USC opened its title defense with a second in the 200y medley relay as the all-underclassmen quartet of sophomore Ralf Tribuntsov and freshmen Carsten Vissering, Alex Valente and Kyle Grissom went 1:24.50, 0.76 back of first-place Arizona. Troy, was second last year in 1:24.39.
The Trojans were seeking their fourth straight 800y free relay title but fell just short as the squad of freshman Patrick Mulcare, junior Michael Domagala, senior Morten Klarskov and junior Reed Malone finished in 6:16.77, 0.14 back of first-place Cal. Mulcare’s opening 1:34.49 is a strong NCAA ‘B’ cut and USC’s top time in the 200 this year.
“First and foremost our goal is to qualify for the NCAA Championships. At the same time defending our championship from last year is on everyone's mind,” USC Coach Dave Salo said. “We accomplished our first task with A cuts in both relays.
“We had a lot of new faces on those two relays tonight with three freshmen in the 200y medley and then a freshman lead off in the 800. But the 1:31.9 split from Reed was outstanding. We knew going in that this was going to be a battle to win and expect Cal and Stanford to be tough and Arizona looks pretty good.
“Diving gave us a good head start over Cal and Arizona last week so we will have to race hard in the mornings to get lanes for finals.”
The meet continues Thursday through Saturday with prelims at 11 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. each night.