By Tadzio Garcia
Stanford University is in first place, by two points, after the first day of the Pac-12 Men’s Swimming Championships at East Los Angeles College.
The University of California, Berkeley is in second place; just two points shy of Stanford’s lead of 74 points. The country’s fifth-ranked team, the University of Southern California, is in third place.
Day 1 consisted of preliminaries and finals in the 200-yard medley relay and the 800-yard freestyle relay.
Cal won the 200 medley, to the deafening sound of the Cal faithful, in 1:25.09 with a team that consisted of senior Mathias Gydesen, senior Nolan Koon, junior Tom Shields and sophomore Shayne Fleming.
The Cardinal came in second place with a time of 1:25.46. Arizona, the country’s top-ranked team, placed third in 1:25.60.
Stanford won the the 800 freestyle relay in 6:18.99, after pulling ahead of Cal midway through the race. The relay team was comprised of freshman Dave Nolan, senior Rob Andrews, freshman Thomas Stephens and senior David Mosko.
USC followed in second place, with a time of 6:19.71 and Cal finished third at 6:20.20.
The Championships continue today, March 1, with preliminaries and standard times trials at 11 a.m. followed by the night session’s finals at 6 p.m.
Championship Standings, Day 1
1. Stanford, 74 points
2. California, 72 points
3. USC, 64 points
4. Arizona, 60 points
5. Utah, 54 points
6. UC Santa Barbara, 54 points
7. Arizona State, 50 points
8. Cal Poly SLO, 44 points