Andrei Minakov Makes Stanford Return in Rout of Pacific

nick albiero
Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Andrei Minakov Makes Stanford Return in Rout of Pacific

Andrei Minakov returned to action for Stanford on Friday night, winning an event in a dominant 179-67 dismissal of Pacific.

Minakov won the 100 freestyle in 43.91 seconds. That’s the fifth-fastest time on the Cardinal this season, though well off his personal best of 41.09 seconds.

The reigning NCAA champion in the 100 butterfly finished second in that event, his time of 48.29 behind the winning 47.27 of Rafael Gu. Minakov also split 20.52 in butterfly on the winning A medley relay squad.

A redshirt sophomore, Minakov didn’t swim in the fall. His last meet of significance was U.S. Nationals in August. A native of St. Petersburg, his opportunities to swim internationally have been limited by bans against Russian swimmers since the spring of 2022 over the country’s invasion of Ukraine.

The Cardinal faced little resistance in racking up their ninth straight dual-meet victory, dating to the fall of 2021. Gu won the 100 back in addition to the 100 fly. Ron Polonsky won the 200 fly and 200 breaststroke. Luke Maurer, who anchored the winning 200 medley relay, won the 200 individual medley.

Liam Custer (1,650 free), Neel Roy (200 free), Hayden Zheng (100 breast), Avery Voss (100 free), Hayden Kwan (200 back) and Andrew Matejka (500 free) also picked up wins. Leon MacAlister was second in the 50 free and 500 free, Josh Zuchowski the runner-up in both backstroke events. Zheng was also second to Polonsky in the 200 breast.

Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x