2016 Pac-12
Men's Swimming Championships

Event: March 2-5 | Federal Way, WA

Pac-12 Men's Swimming Championships Set For Federal Way

Utah Athletics

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SAN FRANCISCO - With five Pac-12 teams ranked in the top 25 in the Feb. 22 College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) poll, the 2016 Pac-12 Men’s Swimming Championships are shaping up to be as competitive as ever. With several Olympic team hopefuls in the field, the meet will continue to showcase some of the top swimmers in the world. At the men’s diving competition last weekend, Dashiell Enos (USC) won the 3-meter event with a score of 419.35. Bradley Christensen (Stanford) won the 1-meter event, scoring 405.6. Collin Pollard (USC) was the platform champion with a score of 427.7 and was the runner-up in the 1-meter.

No. 17 ARIZONA (2-4, 1-3 Pac-12) enters the Pac-12 Championships with 20 student-athletes that have earned NCAA cuts, 17 of which in more than one event. Chris Wieser in the 1,000 freestyle, strictly a dual meet event, has the top time in the Pac-12 and the sixth-best time in the country at 9:01.60. Tyler Fowler is right behind his teammate in the 1,000 free at No. 7 country with a season-best time of 9:02.00. Justin Wright’s 200 fly time of 1:42.79 is good for 13th in the country and second in the Pac-12 on the year. Nick Thorne has the 16th-best time in the country for the 400 IM at 3:44.48.

No. 20 ARIZONA STATE (4-4, 1-3 Pac-12), now under the guidance of the highly touted head coach Bob Bowman, broke five school records in its final meet against Arizona, which was the first time the men defeated the Wildcats since 2002. Since returning from two broken wrists suffered in October, Richard Bohus has won eight of 12 events, with the other four being three second-place and one third-place finish. He also broke the 100-yard backstroke ASU record with a time of 46.74. Junior Barkley Perry tied the men’s 200-yard backstroke record – which he set himself at the 2015 Pac-12 Championships – at 1:42.50. Sophomore Patrick Park earned first Pac-12 Swimmer of Month (Nov) award for ASU since 2007 (C.J. Nuess).

Second-ranked CALIFORNIA (7-1, 4-1 Pac-12) spent the entire season ranked No. 2 in the nation (CSCAA). Junior Ryan Murphy is the reigning NCAA Swimmer of the Year and owns the American record in the 200 backstroke (SCY) with a time of 1:36.77 set at the 2015 NCAA Championships. He is the two-time defending NCAA champion in both the 100 and 200 backstroke. Cal also set the American record in the 200 medley relay (SCY) at last year’s NCAA Championships, with the team of Murphy, Chuck Katis, Justin Lynch and Tyler Messerschmidt (all but Katis return this year) clocking a time of 1:22.40.

11th-ranked STANFORD (5-2, 2-2 Pac-12) is 5-1 in dual meets on the 2015/16 season. After the loss of David Nolan, a nine-time Pac-12 Champion and two-time NCAA Champion, Stanford has showed exceptional depth and quality throughout the squad all season. The Cardinal faced off against No. 5 North Carolina State in the fall in a non-conference dual meet. After falling behind early, Stanford stormed back to defeat the visiting Wolfpack, 164-136. Stanford also won the A3 Performance Invitational, setting several meet records in the process.

Coming in at ninth in the CSCAA polling, USC (6-2, 4-1 Pac-12) will look to defend its first Pac-12 title since 1979. USC swept Cal and Stanford for the first time since 1997. The Trojans victory over Cal was its first since 2000. USC’s win over Stanford was its first at home since 2006 and USC’s third win over Stanford in the last 3 meets (Troy also beat the Cardinal in Palo Alto in 2013 and 2015). Junior Reed Malone, third last year in the 500y free at NCAAs, enters the meet with five career top 6 finishes, including finishing second in the 500y free behind then-teammate Cristian Quintero the past two years. He was fourth in the 200y free in 2015 and sixth in 2014. Also in 2015, he was sixth in the 100y free. Junior Steven Stumph returns as the defending champion in the 200y breast.

UTAH (5-2, 3-2 Pac-12) is paced by long-distance freestyler Bence Kiraly, who owns the 10th-best time in the country and No. 1 time in the Pac-12 in the 1650 free at 14:50.19. He won the event at the Pac-12 Championships in 2014. He has now won 16 of the 18 events he has competed in this season and finished as the runner-up in the other two. Kiraly has won 16 of the 18 events he has competed in this season and finished as the runner-up in the other two. Kristian Kron broke the Swedish national record in the 800 free (7:49.82) in November at the Swedish Nationals.

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