Pacific 10 Championships: Stanford Moves to Big Lead

LONG BEACH, California, March 4. THE second night of short course yard swimming at the Pacific 10 Men's Championships featured Stanford move out to a big lead in Long Beach. At the end of day two, Stanford owned 307 points with California sitting second with 225 points. Arizona (222), Southern California (212) and Arizona State (115) comprised the rest of the field.

Stanford made a huge move in the 500 free with five up and three down to jump into the lead. David Mosko won for Stanford in 4:14.53, an NCAA A cut, while USC's Clement Lefert (4:16.70) and Patrick White (4:18.63) took second and third.

Stanford kept building on its leading total in the 200 IM, nearly eclipsing 200 points with 198 total. Cal's Martin Liivamagi won the race in 1:43.73 to clear the NCAA A cut and just miss Martti Aljand's Pac 10 record of 1:43.59 set last year. Stanford's Matt Thompson finished second in 1:45.30, while Arizona's Jack Brown took third in 1:45.53.

Stanford moved its tally to 248 points after the 50 free with California sitting second with 177 points. Cal's Nathan Adrian cruised to victory in the splash-and-dash with a 19.20, while qualifying in 19.10 out of prelims. Stanford went 2-3 for some big points with David Dunford (19.51) and Alex Coville (19.60) standing strong for the Cardinal.

In diving that took place previously, USC's Harrison Jones won the one-meter with 411.20 points, while Arizona State's Constantin Blaha finished second with 404.70 points. Arizona's Ben Grado placed third with 391.75 points.

Stanford concluded a monster day for the Cardinal with a touch-out triumph over California in the 200 free relay. Alex Coville, Aaron Wayne, Jake Allen and David Dunford clocked a 1:17.32 for the win, including an 18.79 anchor from Dunford. Adrian could not single-handedly win the race for Cal even though he tried with an 18.64 anchor. The team of Graeme Moore, Josh Daniels, Guy Barnea and Adrian finished second in 1:17.45.