California defends Pac-12 men's swimming and diving title
FEDERAL WAY, WASH. – California wins its second-straight and sixth overall men’s swimming and diving Pac-12 title in dominant fashion, totaling 948 points. With Stanford finishing in second place with 716 points, the Bears secured the largest margin of victory (232) at the championships since 2007 when Stanford defeated Cal by 333.5 points. Cal won every event on the final night of competition, and was victorious in every single relay event at the meet. Arizona collected 570 points for third place, earning its highest team finish since 2012. The 2019 Pac-12 Championships will go down in the record books, as four meet records were shattered and a new Pac-12 record was set.
After another competitive Conference championships, Pac-12 teams will turn their attention to the 2019 NCAA Championships to be held from March 27-30 at the Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas. At the Pac-12 Championships alone, six different student-athletes qualified for the NCAAs with A cuts in nine different events. The relay teams will especially be important to look out for, as at least the top three teams in each relay event secured A cuts. In total, 16 relay teams qualified for the NCAAs in five different events.
2019 Pac-12 Men’s Swimmer of the Meet: Andrew Seliskar, Cal (McLean, Va.)
California’s Andrew Seliskar earns his second-straight and third-career Pac-12 Swimmer of the Meet. He now owns the record for most individual titles at the Pac-12 Championships with 11. The senior studying environmental economics and policy claimed three titles this week in the 200-yard individual medley and set new meet records in the 200-yard freestyle and 200-yard breaststroke. He swam a leg on the 800-yard freestyle relay team that set a Pac-12 record and won the 400-yard medley relay with his teammates.
• Nick Norman of Cal opened the final night with a dominant performance in the 1650-yard freestyle, breaking the Pac-12 Championships record with an A cut time of 14:33.96. It is the senior’s second-straight title in the event.
• Stanford’s James Murphy clocked in at 14:44.07 to earn second place and earn his first podium finish at the Pac-12 Championships.
• Norman’s teammate Sean Grieshop placed third with a final time of 14:44.83. It marked his third podium finish at the meet.
• Cal sophomore Bryce Mefford picked up another win for the Bears and his first Pac-12 title with a time of 1:39.13 in the 200-yard backstroke. He qualified for the NCAAs with an A cut with his time.
• Arizona State junior Zachary Poti raced into second, clocking in at 1:39.88. Last night, he won his first-career individual title in the 100-yard backstroke.
• The Bears once again claimed two podium spots, as sophomore Daniel Carr placed third with a time of 1:40.25. He has had an impressive meet already, helping Cal win the 200-yard medley relay, the 400-yard medley relay and placing second in the 100-yard backstroke.
• Cal’s Pawel Sendyk, a native of Gryfino, Poland, continued to come up big for the Bears in freestyle events, taking first in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 41.95. The junior earned his second-career win in the 50-yard freestyle on day two and swam a leg on the victorious 200-yard freestyle relay team.
• The Bears swept the top two spots with Michael Jensen tapping in at 42.15. The junior also swam with Sendyk on the winning 200-yard freestyle relay and 400-yard medley relay team.
• Austin Phillips helped secure Utah’s second podium finish of the championships, finishing third with a time of 42.29. The senior also kicked off Utah’s 200-yard freestyle relay team that earned third place.
• Pac-12 Swimmer of the Meet Andrew Seliskar extended his Pac-12 Championships record with his 11th individual title and his second-straight in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:49.80. To make it even sweeter, he broke his own meet record in the event and swam the fastest time in Division I this season.
• Following closely behind was teammate and rookie Reece Whitley, who also swam faster than Seliskar’s previous record of 1:51.30. Whitley’s time of 1:50.62 is an NCAA A cut qualifying time.
• Rounding out the top three was Arizona’s David Schlicht with a time of 1:53.50. The freshman had an excellent first Pac-12 Championships, earning his third individual podium finish.
• Cal’s Zheng Quah defended his 200-yard butterfly title by setting a new Pac-12 Championships standard with an A cut time of 1:39.86. This is his second title in the stroke this year, winning the 100-yard butterfly on Friday.
• California swept the podium in this event, as sophomore Trenton Julian came in second with a time of 1:41.74 and senior Mike Thomas placed third at 1:42.17. Both Trenton and Thomas’ times were good for NCAA B cuts.
400-yard Freestyle Relay
• The Golden Bears went five-for-five in relays at the Pac-12 Championships, closing out the meet with a victory in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Michael Jensen, Pawel Sendyk, Ryan Hoffer and Andrew Seliskar powered Cal to a sweep in the relays with a time of 2:48.80.
• Arizona’s team of Jorge Iga, Chatham Dobbs, Thomas Anderson and Marin Ercegovic ended the night with a second-place finish at 2:50.45.
• Arizona State sophomores Carter Swift, Evan Carlson and Grant House and junior Zachary Poti took third, tapping in at 2:50.51.
• All three times were NCAA A standard times.