Wins by Liang, Ho Help Stanford Dominate USC, Stay Unbeaten

Alex Liang Photo Courtesy: Donna Nelson

No. 16 Stanford remained unbeaten in conference play, producing a 190-109 victory over No. 18 USC Saturday afternoon in its lone road dual meet of the season.

From Stanford:

The Cardinal (4-0, 3-0 Pac-12), which was coming off a homestand sweep of Arizona State and Arizona two weeks ago, captured 11 of the 16 overall events.

Benjamin Ho won three events, highlighted by a win in the 100-yard backstroke (48.21) while also contributing to victories in the 200-yard medley relay (1:28.39) and 200-yard freestyle relay (1:22.32).

Alex Liang chipped in with two individual victories, winning the 200-yard backstroke (1:47.29) and 200-yard individual medley (1:49.65).

Grant Shoults clocked in at 9:05. 70 in the 1,000-yard freestyle in the second event of the afternoon.

Hank Poppe delivered a win in the 100-yard breaststroke (54.37), Mason Gonzalez led the field in the 100-yard freestyle (44.95), Daniel Roy claimed the 200-yard breaststroke (1:55.83) while Johannes Calloni won the 500-yard freestyle (4:26.18).

In the diving portion of the competition, Conor Casey captured the 1-meter springboard (393.23) while Noah Vigran took second on the 3-meter springboard (419.55).

From USC:

Senior Mark Jurek claimed the 200y fly and joined Nikola Miljenic (50y free) and Alexei Sancov (200y free, 100y fly) as individual event winners in the USC loss to Stanford.

Jurek took the 200y fly in 1:48.63, out-touching Stanford’s Jack Levant by .17 to win the event. Jurek finished fourth in the 100y fly in 49.73.

Miljenic won the 50y free in 20.18 and finished just shy of first in the 100y free, posting a time of 45.01. His second-place finish in the 100 helped prevent a Stanford sweep in the event.

The sophomore Sancov (1:37.54) came out on top in the 200y free for the second time in two days. He also took the 100y fly in 48.23. Victor Johansson had a solid day of swims, finishing second in both the 500y (4:27.21) and 1000y freestyle (9:08.86).

On the diving side, senior Henry Fusaro won the 3-meter competition with a score of 419.55. George Korovin claimed the third-place spot with 330.75. On 1-meter springboard the Trojans finished 2-3-4 led by Fusaro (second – 373.28), Brad Dalrymple (third – 322.05) and Korovin (fourth – 316.73).