Malone 3rd In 500 Free, USC Second After Second Night Of Pac-12 Championships|
March 2, 2017
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Senior Reed Malone finished third in the 500y free final to lead four Trojan A finalists on the second night of the 2017 Pac-12 Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Federal Way, Wash., on Thursday (March 2).
USC is in second with 305 points behind first-place Stanford’s 387. Cal is third (292) and is followed by ASU’s 228, Arizona’s 126 and Utah’s 114.
Malone, USC’s first ever senior co-captain, posted his fourth career top 3 finish in the Pac-12 500y free in a season-best 4.14.52. He won the race last year and was second as a freshman and sophomore. Junior Pawel Furtek was 11th out of the B final in 4:22.16 while sophomore Walker Bell was 15th (4:24.79) in his first career Pac-12 scoring swim.
Fellow senior co-captain Steven Stumph, the two-time defending champion in the 200y breast, qualified for his first career 200y IM final with a PR 1:44.89 in prelims and finished seventh in the final in 1:45.05. Sophomore Patrick Mulcare was 11th (1:45.00) and freshman Mark Jurek was 13th (1:46.18).
Juniors Santo Condorelli and Dylan Carter finished fifth (19.37) and sixth (19.40), respectively, in the 50y free A final in a race won at 19.10 with second place at 19.30. It was Carter’s third career final in the race and Condorelli’s second.
Junior Ralf Tribuntsov tied for first in the B final in 19.66 while sophomore Kyle Grissom took 11th in a PR 19.66 that put him inside the all-time USC top 10 in the event, tied for ninth with senior teammate Maclin Davis. Davis was also in the B final and took 14th with a 19.86.
The Trojans closed the night with a fourth-place finish in the 200y free relay as Condorelli, Carter, Tribuntsov and Grissom posted a 1:17.24. Condorelli posted a PR 19.16 PR leadoff, strengthening his spot as USC’s second-fastest ever in the event behind record holder Vladimir Morozov (18.63).
“The guys had some great swims this morning throwing in nearly 100% season best times,” USC Coach Dave Salo said. “We came back tonight to dig our heels into the challenge against Stanford and Cal and more importantly swim to times that will qualify for NCAAs. Reed Malone looked good making NCs to highlight the finals tonight. If we want to win the Pac-12 team title we have to come in tomorrow morning and throw down some great swims.”