Stanford’s 200 IM Depth Highlights Day One Prelims At Pac 12 Championships

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Photo Courtesy: Jeff Commings

FEDERAL WAY – The first day of prelim competition at the men’s Pac 12 championships set up some interesting races for tonight’s finals, including top seeds in two events for Southern California. But it was Stanford’s display of talent in the 200 IM that highlighted the morning’s competition.

Number of total A and B finalists by school after day one prelims:
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500 freestyle
The morning after helping Southern California dominate the 800 free relay to open competition, sophomore Reed Malone swam the fastest 500 free of the morning with a 4:15.02. That’s just five tenths off the NCAA automatic qualifying time of 4:14.59, but Malone should easily break that and go for his lifetime best of 4:12.66 in the final. Stanford’s Danny Thomson will go into tonight’s final as the second seed with a 4:15.45, while reigning NCAA champion Cristian Quintero qualified third with a 4:16.15.

USC is running second in the points race behind California, but could take the lead after this event tonight, earning three spots in the championship final and one in the consolation final. California, however, should score well with five swimmers getting a second swim tonight.

Number of A and B finalists by school for the 500 free are listed below:

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200 individual medley
Stanford showed its cards in the 200 IM with five swimmers getting into the A final. David Nolan, the 2013 NCAA champion in this event, stormed to the top of qualifying with a 1:42.29. That’s the third-fastest swim in the collegiate ranks so far this season, behind the 1:41.67 by Texas’ Will Licon and the 1:41.93 by Michigan’s Dylan Bosch. Look for Nolan to dip under 1:42 tonight, and challenge his lifetime best of 1:41.21 from that NCAA title swim.

Also getting into the top eight for the Cardinal were: Tom Kremer (fourth: 1:43.63), Curtis Ogren (fifth: 1:44.56), Gray Umbach (sixth: 1:44.62) and Max Williamson (seventh: 1:44.82). In second and third spots were two California Golden Bears. Josh Prenot sits second with a 1:43.48, while Ryan Murphy is third with a 1:43.51.

Morten Klarskov of Southern California kept the 200 IM final from being an All-Bay area affair with a 1:45.30 to qualify eighth.

Number of A and B finalists by school for the 200 IM are listed below:

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50 freestyle
Arizona’s Brad Tandy, the reigning co-NCAA champion in the 50 free, will be looking to defend his Pac 12 title tonight, but he’ll take lane five as the second seed behind Southern California’s Santo Condorelli, who posted a 19.27 this morning. Tandy was second with a 19.37. Condorelli eclipsed his lifetime best by four tenths of a second to jump to a tie for ninth in the nation with NC State’s Ryan Held. Tandy will be looking to improve on his season best of 19.04 from last December.

California put three sprinters into the 50 free final. Seth Stubblefield was third with a 19.44, Tyler Messerschmidt qualified fifth with a 19.59 and Fabio Gimondi snuck in with an eighth-place time of 19.71. Utah’s Nick Soedel is fourth with a 19.50, while USC’s Dylan Carter (sixth: 19.66) and Stanford’s Sam Perry (seventh: 19.69) also will swim in the championship final.

Number of A and B finalists by school for the 50 free are listed below:

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2015 Men’s Pac 12 Championships: Day Two Prelims – Results