Four Victories On Day Two
HOUSTON – California put itself within striking distance of first place at the 2021 Pac-12 Men's Swimming Championships on Monday at Houston's CRWC, winning all three individual races and the 200-yard freestyle relay.
Trenton Julian set Pac-12 Championship and Cal school records with a finish of 4:09.49 in the 500 free, Hugo González touched in 1:41.05 to win the 200 IM and Ryan Hoffer repeated as the 50 free champion in 18.84. The quartet of Nate Biondi, Seeliger, Hoffer and Daniel Carr then capped the day with a 1:15.80 victory in the 200 free relay.
The Golden Bears finished day two of the four-day championship meet in second place with 334 points, trailing only Stanford (339).
Julian bested fellow Cal senior Zach Yeadon (4:10.61) by more than a second to win his second career Pac-12 individual title. His 4:09.49 finish broke the former Pac-12 Championship record of 4:10.67, set by Stanford's Grant Shoults in 2017. He additionally shaved 0.80 seconds off of the former Cal school record, held by Sean Grieshop since the 2019 NCAA Championships.
Julian and Yeadon's marks stand as the fourth- and fifth-fastest times in the nation this year.
Gonzalez registered the nation's second-fastest time this season with his 1:41.05 finish in the 200 IM. He bested the A Final field by more than a second, including Carr, who took third place in 1:42.34. It was Gonzalez's second career Pac-12 title; he set the Pac-12 Championship record in the 400 IM (3:36.60) last year.
Cal totaled 52 points in the 200 IM as Bryce Mefford (1:43.49) and Reece Whitley (1:44.30) went 1-2 in the B Final, leading a pack of five Bears who competed in the consolation race.
In the 50 free, Hoffer came out on top in a battle with his freshman teammate, Seeliger, and defended his Pac-12 title by touching in 18.81, the second-fastest time in the nation. Seeliger was right behind him at 18.84, the NCAA's third-fastest time this season. Biondi took sixth in 19.63. Cal has won the event in five consecutive years. Seeliger entered the finals session with the field's top time, having swam 18.88 in prelims.
The day ended in dominant fashion as Cal won the 200 free relay for the fifth straight year. Biondi (19.61), Seeliger (18.66), Hoffer (18.55) and Carr (18.98) cruised to the win, besting second-place USC by more than 1.5 seconds. It was the first Pac-12 title – individual or relay – for Biondi, a senior.
Day three of the Pac-12 Men's Swimming Championships will feature the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back and 200 medley relay events. Cal is seeded first in five of the six events, including the relay. Prelims for the individual events begin at 9 a.m. PT and finals start at 4:30 p.m. PT Tuesday on the Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 Now app and Pac-12.com.
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