California takes the lead after day two of the Pac-12 Men’s Swimming Championships
FEDERAL WAY, WASH – California jumped ahead in the team standings with 342 points after day two of competition at the Pac-12 Men’s Swimming Championships, held at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash. Victories in the 200-yard individual medley, 50-yard freestyle and 200-yard freestyle relay helped the Golden Bears climb to the top of the rankings.
• It came down to the wire, but USC’s freshman Victor Johansson pulled away with the win in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:13.30. He claimed the Trojan’s first victory of the Pac-12 Championships.
• Cal’s sophomore Julian Trenton was close behind and clocked in at 4:13.61 to place second for the Golden Bears. His teammate and fellow sophomore Sean Grieshop claimed third with a time of 4:14.56.
• All three times earned an NCAA B Cut.
200-yard Individual Medley
• Cal’s standout senior Andrew Seliskar, and last year’s Pac-12 Men’s Swimming Championships Swimmer of the Meet, claimed his third 200-yard individual medley crown in the past four years. He topped the podium with an impressive time of 1:40.53, an NCAA A cut and two seconds ahead of the next closest competitor. He has had quite the meet already, swimming a leg on the 800-yard freestyle relay team that set a Pac-12 and Pac-12 Championships record last night.
• Arizona freshman David Schlicht gets his first podium finish at his first Pac-12 Championships, placing second with a B cut time of 1:42.38
• Last year’s Pac-12 Swimmer of the Year, Stanford’s Abrahm DeVine captured third place, tapping in at 1:42.77.
• With the third-fastest time in Division I this season and an A cut with a time of 18.83, Cal junior Pawel Sendyk takes first place in the 50-yard freestyle for the second time in his career, previously winning the event in 2017.
• The Golden Bears captured all three podium spots in the event, as Sendyk’s teammates Ryan Hoffer took second place with a time of 19.12 and Michael Jensen was in third at 19.30.
200-yard Freestyle Relay
• Cal continues its relay dominance with another win in the 200-yard freestyle relay, the third year in a row the Bears have claimed the title in the event. After his victory in the 50-yard freestyle, Sendyk and his teammates Ryan Hoffer, Michael Jensen and Zheng Quah clocked in at 1:16.43.
• Arizona’s foursome of Chatham Dobbs, Thomas Anderson, Jorge Iga and Marin Ercegovic stood in second place on the podium with a time of 1:17.05.
• Following the Wildcats was the Utah team of Austin Phillips, Liam O'Haimhirgin, Clay Stoddard and Rodolfo Moreira, clocking in at 1:17.11.
• All three relay teams earned an NCAA A standard in the event.
Team Scores Through Event 9
- California – 342
- Stanford – 308
- Arizona State – 248
- Arizona – 223
- USC – 176
- Utah - 169
Competition resumes on Friday at 11 a.m. PT with the preliminary rounds of the 400-yard individual medley, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke and 100-yard backstroke. The finals session for the morning swimming events plus the 400-yard medley relay will begin at 6 p.m. PT.
TELEVISION AND LIVE STREAM COVERAGE:
Expanded live coverage of the Pac-12 Men’s Swimming Finals will air live on Pac-12 Washington and other regional networks and will be available to authenticated users on Pac-12.com and the Pac-12 Now app on Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9, starting at 6:30 p.m. PT/7:30 p.m. MT on both nights.
HOW TO WATCH:
Friday, March 8
6:30 p.m. - 2019 Men’s Swimming Championships (Day 3) (LIVE)
Pac-12 Arizona, Pac-12 Los Angeles, Pac-12 Mountain & Pac-12 Washington
Saturday, March 9
6:30 p.m. - 2019 Men’s Swimming Championships (Day 4) (LIVE)
Pac-12 Bay Area & Pac-12 Washington