Vissering Wins Pac-12 Title In 200 Breast, Carter 2nd In 200 Free|
March 3, 2017
Sophomore Carsten Vissering won USC's first 100y breast title since 2003 while junior Dylan Carter finished second in the 200y free to lead the Trojans on the third night of the 2017 Pac-12 Men's Swimming and Diving Championships in Federal Way, Wash., on Friday.
USC is third after the third night of the championships with 494 points. Stanford leads with 588 while Cal is second (523). Behind USC, ASU is fourth (373), Arizona is fifth (246) and Utah is sixth (167).
Vissering, second in the 100y breast a year ago, blasted a pair of USC records en route to the Trojans' fifth conference win in the race but just the third since 1964. After he shattered Vladimir Morozov's 2013 record of 52.01 in prelims, he out-did himself with a wire-to-wire win in 51.45, almost a full second ahead of Arizona's Blair Bish in second.
The last Trojan to win the race was Mihaly Flaskay in 2003. Senior co-captain Steven Stumph swam in his third 100y breast final and finished seventh in 53.01 after a PR 53.00 in prelims. Freshman Mario Koenigsperger won the B final in 53.15.
Carter also shattered a school record Friday, throwing down a 1:31.98 en route to second in the 200y free, 0.27 behind ASU winner Cameron Craig. Senior co-captain Reed Malone swam in his fourth A final in the race and took fifth in 1:34.01.
Junior Ralf Tribuntsov, who won the 2016 100y back title with a 45.57 last year, finished third in the race in 45.60 for his third top 3 finish in the event. Junior Jon Knox posted a 100y back PR 46.83 in prelims to earn a second swim and finished 10th overall in 46.98.
Sophomore Patrick Mulcare repeated as a 400y IM A finalist and finished fifth (3:45.17) after taking fourth as a freshman. He went 4:45.54 in prelims. Freshman Mark Jurek posted a PR to win the B final with a 3:47.30, just outside USC's all-time top 10. Sophomore Walker Bell finished 14th in 3:52.64, both scoring for the second day in a row.
The Trojans closed the night with a school-record swim in the 400y medley as Tribuntsov, Vissering, Carter and Condorelli touched in 3:04.51 for fourth, lowering the school mark by 0.29. The time was 0.01 out of third, 1.06 out of first.
"It was another great session by the men tonight," USC Coach Dave Salo said. "Carsten's win, with him unshaved and not yet fully rested, capped off the night with good swims by everyone. Dylan's 1:31 in the 200 was remarkable given that he has not shaved and rested fully.
"We are confident that at the NCAAs he can have an even better swim. Ralf's 100 back was good given that he too has not rested or shaved yet. We're a little disappointed with the placing in the 400 medley relay but the guys all posted up great times and as has been the plan the first three guys have yet to begin resting and have not shaved. We have been focused all season long on the outcome of the NCAA Championships, so we are all excited about what's ahead."
The meet wraps up Saturday with prelims at 11 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.