Cal sweeps the relays in Day 1 of the Pac-12 Men's Swimming Championships
Night one of the Pac-12 Men’s Swimming Championships at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash. ended with a bang, as California set a Pac-12 and Pac-12 Championships record in the 800-yard freestyle relay with a time of 6:10.94. The squad broke the previous Pac-12 record set by USC in 2015 of 6:11.64. Cal also claimed first place in the 200-yard medley relay to move into third place in the team rankings through event five. Arizona State still holds first place after Youssef Selim dominated at the Pac-12 Men’s Diving Championships last week with victories in the one-meter and platform. Stanford comes in at second thanks to a win in the three-meter last week by Conor Casey and a second-place finish tonight in the 800-yard freestyle relay.
200-yard Medley Relay
• Cal’s Daniel Carr, Reece Whitley, Pawel Sendyk and Ryan Hoffer kicked off the Pac-12 Men’s Swimming Championships with a victory in the 200-yard medley with a time of 1:23.44.
• USC placed second with a time of 1:23.85, led by seniors Patrick Mulcare, Carsten Vissering, and Kyle Grissom as well as sophomore Nikola Miljenic.
• Arizona State’s all-underclassmen foursome of Zachary Poti, Elijah Warren, Khalil Fonder and Evan Carlson took third clocking in at 1:24.20. Their mark was just one-tenth of a second off from a program record.
• All three relay teams that placed on the podium swam “A” cut times to qualify for the NCAA Championships in the event.
800-yard Freestyle Relay
• The Golden Bears squad of Zheng Quah, Andrew Seliskar, Trenton Julian and Mike Thomas shattered a Pac-12 record with a mark of 6:10.94. That time is also the fastest in Division I this season.
• Tapping in at second with a time of 6:15.35 is Stanford’s Will Macmillan, Jack LeVant, Mason Gonzalez and James Murphy.
• Third place came down to the wire between Arizona and Arizona State, and the Wildcats’ standout sophomore Brooks Fail anchored the final leg to pull UA into third place. Joining Fail were teammates Jorge Iga, Aldan Johnston and Daniel Namir.
• All three podium teams, as well as Arizona State’s squad, secured an “A” cut in the event.
Team Scores Through Event 5
1. Arizona State - 187
2. Stanford - 160
3. California - 137
4. Arizona - 129
5. USC - 99
Utah - 99
An action-packed day is ahead with the preliminary rounds of the 500-yard freestyle, 200-yard individual medley and 50-yard freestyle starting at 11 a.m. PT. The finals session for the morning session events plus the 200-yard freestyle relay (timed final) will begin at 6 p.m. PT.