Quintero Wins Pac-12 200y Free Title, Anchors 400y Medley Relay Win|
March 6, 2015
Senior Cristian Quintero became the first Pac-12 swimmer to win both the 200y and 500y freestyle three straight years when he won the shorter distance Friday (March 7) and then anchored USC's first 400y medley relay win since 1977, leading a surging No. 11 USC men's swimming and diving team on a big third night of the 2015 Pac-12 Championships.
The Trojans, looking for their first team title since 1979, moved into second place with 531.5 points. Stanford leads (564.5) and is followed by USC, Cal (488), Arizona (325), Utah (199) and Arizona State (199).
Quintero, who edged sophomore teammate Reed Malone in the 500y free on Thursday by 0.05, won the 200y free tonight in 1:32.40, 0.12 off his school record and 1.61 ahead of Cal's Long Gutierrez. Malone, sixth last year in the race, earned the top seed with a PR 1:34.01 in prelims while Quintero went 1:34.98. In the final, Malone was fourth in 1:34.44. Senior Chad Bobrosky earned his second trip to the 200y free final with a 1:35.04 in prelims and finished seventh in the final in 1:36.33.
The 200y free conference win is the Trojans' Pac-12-record sixth straight and USC has won the race 10 times since 1997.
Closing the night, USC's 400y medley relay of freshman Ralf Tribuntsov, senior Andrew Malone, sophomore Santo Condorelli and Quintero won in 3:04.80, lowering the USC record by 0.18. The Trojans trailed by 0.34 as Quintero entered the pool, but the Venezuelan tracked down Cal's Tyler Messerschmidt for the win.
Standing since 2006, USC's 100y fly record went down twice on Friday, the second time when Condorelli finished second by a hair in the `A' final in 45.84, out-touched by 0.01 by Cal's Seth Stubblefield.
Tribuntsov first broke USC's record in the event in prelims with a 45.92, shattering Sam Masson's 2006 time of 46.09. Tribuntsov took third in the final in 45.96 while sophomore Michael Domagala was fifth (46.40). He went 46.34 in prelims. Sophomore Dylan Carter made it four swimmers in the `A' final as he took eighth in 46.80.
Tribuntsov crushed teammate Luca Spinazzola's record in the 100y back with a top prelim swim of 44.95 that broke the Pac-12 meet record and was just 0.35 off Ryan Lochte's NCAA record (44.60). Spinazzola was the second seed at 45.40.
In his second final of the night, Tribuntsov finished second in 45.27, 0.29 back of Cal's Ryan Murphy. Spinazzola was fourth in 45.50.
Andrew Malone became the second-fastest Trojan ever in the 100y breast with a PR 52.58 in prelims and then placed third in the `A' final in 52.71, just 0.53 behind Arizona American record holder Kevin Cordes' 52.18. Sophomore Steven Stumph earned his way into the USC top 10 with a 53.12 to take fifth in the final after going 53.27 in the prelims while junior Morten Klarskov repeated as a 100y breast final and took sixth in 53.19. He went 53.38 in prelims.
Freshman Ian Silverman, who set two Paralympic American records last night, set another with a 200y free of 1:38.68 in an exhibition swim before the final relay.
USC scored well in diving from last week's 3-meter springboard when the Trojans sent four into the `A' final, led by Collin Pollard's fifth-place (396.15). He was followed by freshman Dashiell Enos in sixth (368.60), junior Deon Reid in seventh (359.40) and senior Jordan Gear in eighth (337.80).
The meet concludes Saturday with prelims beginning at 11 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.