Men’s swimming second after Day Two of Pac-12s

March 4, 2013, 10:45 p.m.

No. 7 Stanford men’s swimming and diving (4-2, 2-2 Pac-12) maintained second in the points standing with 282 points after Day Two of the Pac-12 Championships, hosted in Federal Way, Washington. After ending Wednesday’s meet-opening session with a 6-point lead over the Cardinal, defending national champion Cal bolstered its hold of first place by amassing 298.5 total points.

Sophomore David Nolan (above) defended his Pac-12 title in the 200-yard breaststroke. (DANI VERNON/

Sophomore star David Nolan, widely considered the best swimmer in high school swimming history, defended his Pac-12 crown in the 200-yard individual medley with the time of 1:42.41. Nolan was sitting in sixth after the opening butterfly leg but turned in a powerful 25.30 backstroke leg to grab a lead that he would not relinquish. Cal junior Marcin Tarczynski took second in the event, clocking in at 1:43.10.

“Today’s morning highlights certainly had some highlights, but not enough,” head coach Ted Knapp told “We raced well tonight and will have one of our best sessions tomorrow morning. David’s swims tonight were a very good indicator of the rest of this meet and the NCAA Championships.”

With two days left in the meet, Stanford will try to gain ground on Cal and capture its 32nd consecutive conference title.

George Chen is a senior staff writer at The Stanford Daily who writes football, football and more football. Previously he worked at The Daily as the President and Editor in Chief, Executive Editor, Managing Editor of Sports, the football beat reporter and a sports desk editor. George also co-authored The Daily's recent book documenting the rise of Stanford football, "Rags to Roses." He is a senior from Painted Post, NY majoring in Biology. To contact him, please email at [email protected].

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