LOS ANGELES, California, March 1. STANFORD won three events on the second night of the Pac-12 Championships as freshman David Nolan won the 200 individual medley, senior Chad La Tourette won his first ever 500 free title and the team closed out the night with a win in the 200 free relay. The Pac-12 leaders also had a second place finish from Aaron Wayne in the 50 free.
Stanford leads with a score of 324.5 ahead of Cal (257), Arizona (181) and USC (169).
Nolan's time in the 200 IM was the second-fastest in school-history, at 1:42.52, and about a second slower than Austin Staab's top time last year at 1:41.57. It was the second-straight year Stanford had won the event at the conference meet, joining Staab's win last year. Nolan had a one second lead after the first 50 yards, racked it up to a second and a half by the midway point before finishing nearly two seconds ahead of Cal's Martin Liivamagi (1:44.28)
Stanford racked up 67 points in the 500 free as David Mosko (third) and Brian Offutt (fourth) joined La Tourette in the top flight and Stanford had seven swimmers in the top-16. La Tourette led the field with a time of 4:17.38. La Tourette now has four conference titles in his four seasons and he looks for the sweep in the 1650 free on Saturday.
Stanford closed out the night with a win in the 200 free relay at 1:17.92, .04 seconds ahead of USC (1:17.96). USC had the lead over the first 100 yards, as Nolan and Geoff Cheah cut into the Trojan lead at the 100 and 150-yard mark. Andrew Saeta then swam 19.26 over the final 50 yards to finish just ahead of Jeff Daniels. Stanford has won five of the last seven 200 free relay titles.
Wayne was second in the 50 free to USC's Vladimir Morozov's time of 19.48. Wayne swam 19.55.
Stanford also had two consolation finals winners in Matt Thompson in the 200 IM (1:45.62) and Andrew Saeta in the 50 free (19.90).
Based on previous results in the 1-meter last week, Stanford's Taylor Sishc and Connor Kuremsky were third and fourth, joining Arizona as the only diving program with two divers in the top-8 final. With four divers in the top-10, Stanford scored a best of 47 points.
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