USC Wins 800 Free Relay To Open Pac-12 Championships|
March 5, 2014
For the first time in more than a decade, USC defended its conference title in the 800y free relay as freshman Dylan Carter, senior Dimitri Colupaev, freshman Reed Malone and senior Cristian Quintero dominated the race to open the 2014 Pac-12 Championships in Federal Way, Wash., on Wednesday (March 5).
USC, which also took third in the 200y medley relay, grabbed the lead after the two-event first-day with 72 points, four better than Arizona and California, tied for second with 68. Stanford is fourth (62) and is followed by UC Santa Barbara and Utah (54), Arizona State (50) and Cal Poly (44).
Colupaev and Quintero were also part of last year's win as USC posted back-to-back firsts in the 800y free relay for the first time since 2001-02. The time today of 6:12.54 lowered the school record set last year by Colupaev, Alex Lendrum, Chad Bobrosky and Quintero (6:15.94) at the 2013 NCAAs. That same group won the Pac-12 title last year in 6:17.35.
Carter's 1:33.61 opening leg was best of the day (and a season-best time), as was Quintero's anchor of 1:31.92.
The Trojans' third-place 200y medley relay consisted of senior Chase Bloch, junior Sergio Lujan Rivera, sophomore Maclin Davis and freshman Santo Condorelli who finished in in 1:25.25, lowering the season-best and coming within 0.71 of the school record.
"The 800 free relay has always defined the team that has put in the work," USC Coach Dave Salo said. "I'm really proud of the team, especially the two freshmen throwing down some good splits. This gives us some momentum going into tomorrow as we challenge for the team title."
The meet continues Thursday through Saturday.
Below, USC's Reed Malone discusses Troy's win in the 800y free relay.