Men’s swimming adds another win in Southern California

Feb. 10, 2020, 3:20 a.m.

This weekend, No. 12 men’s swimming (4-0, 3-0 Pac-12) defeated USC (0-4, 0-3 Pac-12) in Los Angeles, 190-109. Junior Alex Liang led the team to victory, finishing in first in multiple individual events.

Liang came in first in the 200-yard backstroke, clocking in at 1:47.29, followed by teammate sophomore Alex Boratto (1:48.15). With a time of 1:49.65, Liang also led a Cardinal sweep of the 200-yard I.M. He was followed by sophomore Jon Cook (1:52.00), junior Brennan Pastorek (1:52.31) and junior Johannes Calloni (1:53.21).

Liang’s 200 medley relay also claimed the first event victory of the day (1:28.39). Liang swam the butterfly leg, senior Benjamin Ho swam backstroke, senior Hank Poppe swam breaststroke, and freshman Neel Roy swam freestyle.

In the 100-yard breaststroke, Poppe led a Stanford sweep, coming in at 54.37. He was followed by sophomore Daniel Roy (54.95) and Pastorek (55.62). Poppe later came in second in the 100-yard butterfly (48.57) to USC’s Alexei Sancov.

In the last event of the meet, Poppe’s 200-yard freestyle relay came in first as well, clocking in at 1:22.32.

After a close 100-yard breaststroke race, Roy came up big for the Cardinal in the 200 breaststroke, touching the wall at 1:55.83 and winning the event by almost five seconds. Cook (2:00.79) and Pastorek (2:01.39) followed.

The Cardinal came out on top in the weekend’s distance events as well. Senior Grant Shoults claimed the 1000 yard freestyle, coming in at 9:05.70. Later in the meet, Calloni came in first in the 500-yard freestyle, with a time of 4:26.18.

In the 200-yard freestyle, Will MacMillan came in with a time of 1:37.72, just 0.18 seconds behind the Trojan’s Sancov. In the next event, Ho clocked in first in the 100 back (48.21), coming in over a second ahead of the competition.

In the 200-yard butterfly, sophomore Jack Levant came in second place (1:48.80), right behind USC’s Mark Jurek (1:48.63).

Junior Jordan Greenberg came in second in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 20.41, behind USC’s Miljenic. After the break, sophomore Mason Gonzalez won the 100 freestyle (44.95), edging out Miljenic.

In the 1-meter diving event, sophomore Conor Casey came in first place with a score of 393.23. In the 3-meter event, sophomore Noah Vigran came in second with a score of 354.07, behind USC’s Henry Fusaro.

After a successful weekend in Southern California, the team gets a weekend off before facing No. 2 Cal on Feb. 22 at home, marking senior day and the last meet of the regular season.

Contact Natalie Hilderbrand at nhild ‘at’ stanford.edu.

Contact Natalie Hilderbrand at nhilderbrand 'at' stanforddaily.com.

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