Bears Roll Past Utah
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – No. 2 California notched its second dual-meet win of the season and 16th in a row by defeating Utah, 166-95, at the Ute Natatorium on Friday. With Cal's squad split into two cohorts this weekend, the Golden Bears used just 16 swimmers to earn the Pac-12 victory in Salt Lake City.
Bookended by a pair of relay victories in the 200-yard medley relay and 400 freestyle relay, Cal saw eight different swimmers earn wins across 12 total individual events. Hugo González paced the field with two individual wins in the 100 backstroke (48.08) and the 200 breaststroke (1:57.18), while leading off Cal's 200 medley relay win (1:29.19) with a 22.53 backstroke split and swimming an anchor split of 43.57 on Cal's 400 free relay win (2:59.53).
Other individual wins were delivered by Gabriel Jett in the 1000 free (9:35.14), Reece Whitley in the 100 breast (54.54), Trenton Julian in the 200 butterfly (1:46.03), Björn Seeliger in the 50 free (20.82), Jack Alexy in the 100 free (44.95), Colby Mefford in the 200 back (1:48.40) and Chris Jhong in the 400 individual medley (4:00.95).
González and Julian both posted NCAA "B" cuts in the 200 breast and 200 fly, respectively.
González, Julian and Seeliger swam on both of the winning relay quartets and were accompanied by Whitley (24.91 breaststroke split) on the 200 medley relay and Alexy (45.79 leadoff split) on the 400 free relay.
An action-packed weekend for Cal continues Saturday when the other half of the Golden Bears dive in at the Pacific Invite at the Chris Kjeldsen Aquatics Complex in Stockton, California. The meet will start at 1 p.m. PT and will be streamed on the WCC Network.
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