Pac-12: Vlad Morozov wins 50 freestyle

MONTEREY PARK, Calif. — STANFORD won three of four events on Thursday to maintain the lead after day two of the Pac-12 Championships at East Los Angeles College.6799517008_ea91bd1b06_b

The Cardinal finished the second day of competition with 324.5 points, CALIFORNIA is second with 257 and ARIZONA sits in third with 181.

Stanford senior Chad La Tourette won the 500 freestyle in 4:17.38. USC freshman Cristian Quintero came in second with 4:17.83 and Stanford senior David Mosko finished third at 4:18.00.

Stanford freshman David Nolan won the 200 individual medley with an automatic NCAA qualifying time of 1:42.52, the second-fastest time in the country this year. Cal senior Martin Liivamagi was second with a time of 1:44.28 and fellow Golden Bear sophomore Marcin Tarczynski rounded out the top three at 1:45.37.

USC sophomore Vlad Morozov took the 50 freestyle title in 19.48. Stanford junior Aaron Wayne was close behind, finishing in second at 19.55. Arizona senior Adam Small came in third with 19.71.

In the final event of the night, Stanford claimed the 200 freestyle relay in 1:17.92, barely staving off second-place USC, who finished with a time of 1:17.96. The winning relay team was made up of junior Aaron Wayne, freshman David Nolan, senior Geoff Cheah and junior Andrew Saeta. Cal was third at 1:18.13.

The 2012 Pac-12 Championships continue Friday, March 2 with preliminaries at 11 a.m. PT and finals at 6 p.m. PT. Tomorrow’s events are the 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke and 400 medley relay.

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