USC Wins 800y Free Relay At Pac-12 Men's Swimming First Day|
March 4, 2015
No. 11 USC won the 800y free relay for the third year in a row while its 200y medley relay finished a close second -- both races good for school records -- to kick off the 2015 Men's Pac-12 Swimming Championships in Federal Way, Wash., on Wednesday (March 4).
The Trojans finished the two-event first day in first place, two points ahead of second-place Cal.
In the 800y free relay, sophomores Dylan Carter, Reed Malone, Michael Domagala and senior Cristian Quintero touched in 6:12.51, 0.03 under the old record, winning comfortably by 2.47 seconds ahead of Stanford.
Quintero was on USC's wins in 2013 and 2014 while Carter also swam in last year's victory, which included a then-school record 6:12.54.
In the 200y medley relay, senior Luca Spinazzola, junior Morten Klarskov, Carter and sophomore Santo Condorelli clocked a 1:24.39, an NCAA 'A' cut and 0.15 under the school record set two years ago. The quartet finished in second, just 0.23 behind Cal's 1:24.16. Condorelli made up some ground over the final 50 yards with an 18.89, but came up just short at the wall.
"The Trojans came to compete this weekend and despite nervous anticipation, they did a great job tonight," USC Coach Dave Salo said. "Our goal first and foremost is to qualify for the upcoming NCAA Championships, but we want to challenge for the team title here this weekend. After tonight's swims and the energy of the team, we all believe we are in position to have a strong meet."
The meet continues Thursday through Saturday (March 5-7) with prelims beginning at 11 a.m.and finals at 6 p.m. each day.