Another day, another few medals for the Pac-12. The conference moves up to nine total from the seven of yesterday, which would put them somewhere in the top five through three days of medal action (depending on how you weight relays, and I happily weight them to favor the conference).
100 meter women's breaststroke final
Rebecca Soni (USC, USA) looked like the favorite going into this week, but Lithuanian Ruta Meilutyte stormed the field and took everyone by surprise, winning the prelims and semis, taking the lead early and winning by just holding Soni off.
100 meter men's backstroke final
Nick Thoman (Arizona, USA) was kind of the afterthought behind Matt Grevers in terms of winning here, and indeed Grevers managed to dominate this race to win gold. But Thoman
200 meter women's IM
- In the preliminaries, Caitlin Leverenz (Cal, USA) finished with the third best time after winning her heat in the 200 prelims, beating out Katinka Hosszu (USC, Hungary) and the current world record holder in Ariana Kukors (Washington, USA).
- In the semifinals, Leverenz (2:10.06, 3rd best time), Kukors (2:10.08, 4th best time), Hosszu (2:10.74, 5th best time) all qualified for the final and should all be in contention for medals, although they seem to all be chasing Chinese wonder Shiwen Ye in tomorrow's final.
200 meter freestyle
- Sara Isakovic (Cal, Slovenia) just squeaked into the semifinals with a top-16 finish in the heats with a time of 1:58.96. She wasn't able to make the finals.
100 meter women's backstroke final
- Missy Franklin (not Pac-12, but considering Cal and USC for college), won the gold over Emily Seebohm of Australia.
- Rachel Bootsma (Cal, USA) finished with the 11th best time in the semifinals and missed the final cut.
Here's the current medal count for the conference by athlete.