Stumph, Mulcare Win On Final Night As USC Finishes Second At Pac-12s|
March 5, 2016
Junior Steven Stumph repeated as 200y breast champion and freshman Patrick Mulcare won Troy's first 200y back title in almost 20 years as No. 9 USC finished second on the final night of the 2016 Pac-12 Men's Swimming and Diving Championships in Federal Way, Wash., on Saturday (March 5).
USC took second with 700 points as Stanford won its first title since 2012 with 808. Cal was third (628) with Arizona fourth (569), Arizona State fifth (402) and Utah sixth (295).
The Trojans finished with five individual swim titles for the first time since doing the same in 2003. USC's second-place finish gives it back-to-back top 2 finishes at Pac-12s for the first time since second-place finishes in 1997 and 1998.
Trojan Olympic champion Lenny Krayzelburg's USC record in the 200y back was un-touched since 1997 but it was lowered twice today by Mulcare, the second time with a Pac-12-title-winning swim of 1:39.64, good for a 1.37 second margin of victory over Stanford's Patrick Conaton.
It was the Trojans' first win in the race since Krayzelburg won it in 1998 and USC's 17th overall. Mulcare originally lowered the 1:40.59 standard in prelims with a 1:40.22.
Sophomore Jon Knox shattered his PR and joined USC's 200y back top 10 with a morning 1:41.92. He finished eighth in the A final in 1:44.08. Freshman Tim Wynter won the B final in 1:44.29 while sophomore Jason O'Brien was 14th overall in 1:48.01.
Stumph became USC's first repeat champion in the 200y breast in 15 years with a winning time of 1:54.01, 0.76 ahead of Stanford's Matt Anderson. The last Trojan to repeat was Ryosuke Imai, who did it in 2000 and 2001. It is Troy's sixth title in the event overall.
Freshman Carsten Vissering, second in the 100y breast, won the B final of the 200y breast in 1:54.09, a time that would've put him second in the A final and also made him second only to Stumph all-time at USC. Sophomore Jonah Hu was fourth in the B final (1:56.82).
Sophomore Ralf Tribuntsov, a day after winning the 100y back, repeated as a 100y free A finalist and finished third in 43.14, 0.42 out of first. Junior Reed Malone had hopes of replicating former teammate Cristian Quintero's 2015 triple-title effort of the 100y, 200y and 500y free. He won the two longer distances the past two nights and made the A final of the 100y free tonight, but finished eighth in 43.71.
Second a year ago in the 1650y free, sophomore Pawel Furtek took sixth tonight in 14:56.00 while senior Ted Singley was eighth in 14:57.80. It was Singley's fourth top 8 in the mile in as many chances.
USC closed the night with a fourth in the 400y free relay as Tribuntsov, Mulcare, Jr. David Morgan Jr. and Malone went 2:52.49, 1.02 out of first.
The Trojans now turn their attention to the NCAA Championships, March 24-26 in Atlanta.
Said USC Coach Dave Salo: "We knew winning this year was going to be a tough battle and it certainly was. The guys know what it is like to win and now know they like winning the team championship much more!
"We got all our relays qualified for NCAAs and that was a major emphasis on this meet and we saw several underclassmen punch their ticket to the national championships in two weeks. We will need to be a lot better if we are going to stay in the top 10 at nationals, but we have the framework for a stronger team next year after the Olympics.
"Tonight we had great performances from our backstroke crew with freshman Patrick Mulcare taking first and erasing legendary Lenny Krayzelburg from the record book in the 200 backstroke. We also had strong swims from Jon Knox this morning to qualify for the NCAA championships.
"The breaststroke crew was stellar again with Steven Stumph defending his Pac-12 title as he led Morten and Jonah. We saw the future with Carsten Vissering turning in the second fastest time of the evening in winning the consolation heat.
Ralf, again, demonstrated his sprint acumen with a strong third in the 100 free with help from captain Reed Malone in bringing in the championship points.
"Overall a second-place team finish in the Pac-12 is certainly something to be proud of. When we started this season we were tabbed as no better than 20th in the country. Along the way we beat Cal and Stanford and showed that we certainly are a much better team than many expected. I am proud of this team for staying focused on building a team that is consistent among the best and a team that the Trojan community can be proud."