Cal leads the way heading into Pac-12 Men's Swimming Championships finale
FEDERAL WAY, WASH. – California fortified its lead at the Pac-12 Men’s Swimming Championships with victories in the 400-yard individual medley, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle and 400-yard medley relay to close out night three. The Bears’ Andrew Seliskar became the most decorated men’s swimmer at the Pac-12 Championships, earning his 10th individual title with a Pac-12 Championships record-setting performance in the 200-yard freestyle. USC’s Carsten Vissering also recorded a meet record, making the new standard in the 100-yard backstroke a time of 50.78.
400-yard Individual Medley
• For the seventh-consecutive year, Cal claimed the 400-yard individual medley title behind the impressive performance of senior Michael Thomas. His time of 3:39.83 is the second-fastest in Division I this season and a B cut.
• Arizona’s freshman David Schlicht was right on Thomas’ tail in the final lap and takes second place with a time of 3:40.14.
• Rounding out the podium is the Golden Bears’ Sean Grieshop, clocking in at 3:41.17.
• Cal junior Zheng Quah captured the 100-yard butterfly title with an NCAA A standard time of 45.13. It marked the fifth-straight year a Golden Bear won the event at the Pac-12 Championships.
• His teammate and fellow junior Pawel Sendyk was right behind him in second place, tapping in at 45.46.
• Arizona senior Chatham Dobbs placed third with a time of 45.49.
• Sendyk and Dobbs’ times were both good for a B cut standard.
•Andrew Seliskar kept the Bears rolling in historic fashion, setting a new meet record in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:31.07 while also winning his 10th individual Pac-12 title. It’s his second individual win at the 2019 Championships, claiming the 200-yard individual medley yesterday. He also swam a leg on the victorious 800-yard freestyle team that broke a Conference and Pac-12 Championships record on Wednesday.
• Arizona State’s Grant House raced into second place with a B standard time of 1:32.47.
• Jorge Iga of Arizona also secured a B cut time, taking home third place at 1:32.91.
• USC’s senior Carsten Vissering followed up Seliskar’s record-setting performance with a record of his own, shattering the 100-yard breaststroke Pac-12 Championships standard with a winning time of 50.78. This is his second title in the event, previously winning in 2017.
• Cal’s standout freshman Reece Whitley clocked in at 51.38 to earn second place and a B cut.
• This year’s men’s swimming and diving Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Stanford’s senior Matt Anderson finished in third place with a time of 52.18. Anderson not only boasts a 3.66 grade-point average studying human biology, but he is also a dedicated advocate for student-athlete wellness and mental health awareness as the vice president of Stanford’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the co-president of Cardinal RHED.
• ASU’s junior Zachary Poti collected the Sun Devils' first swimming title at this year’s Pac-12 Championships and qualified for the NCAAs with an A cut time of 44.93.
• Cal’s Daniel Carr places second with a time of 45.64. Carr was also a member of the Bears’ 200-yard medley relay team that won on Wednesday.
• Chatham Dobbs of Arizona earned his second podium finish of the night, placing third with a time of 45.77.
400-yard Medley Relay
• California closed out the night by winning its fourth relay of the championships with Daniel Carr, Reece Whitley, Andrew Seliskar and Michael Jensen with a time of 3:04.09.
• Seniors Patrick Mulcare, Carten Vissering, Alex Valente and sophomore Nikola Miljenic of USC followed shortly behind in second, tapping in at 3:04.62.
• Arizona’s quad of Thomas Anderson, David Schlicht, Noah Reid and Jorge Iga earned third place clocking in at 3:06.61.
• All three relay times earned an NCAA A qualifying time.
Team Scores Through Event 15
1. California – 644
2. Stanford – 499
3. Arizona – 410
4. Arizona State – 359
5. USC – 278
6. Utah - 240
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
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