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Cal Wins Pacific Invite

Oct 23, 2021
Freshman Kai Crews swept the backstroke events to help Cal win the Pacific Invite on Saturday afternoon in Stockton.

STOCKTON, Calif. – No. 2 California wrapped up a busy split-squad weekend with a win at the Pacific Invite at Chris Kjeldsen Pool on Saturday afternoon. With 16 of Cal's top swimmers having already topped Utah for a Pac-12 win Friday in Salt Lake City, the Golden Bears flexed their depth a day later by touching first in 11 of 14 events to best Pacific and UC Santa Cruz.
Cal notched 244 points in the win to place ahead of Pacific (187.5) and UC Santa Cruz (116.5). Full results can be viewed here.
The Bears' first individual win of the afternoon was delivered by Kai Crews in the 100 backstroke (50.22); Cal went 1-2-3 in the event with Kyle Millis (50.52) and Evan Petty (51.78) close behind Crews. It was the first of two victories by Crews, who added a 1:49.65 win in the 200 back to sweep the stroke. Jacques Laeuffer also had an individual sweep in the breaststroke events, taking the 100 in 56.85 and the 200 in 2:02.48.
Other individual wins came from Tavis Siebert in the 200 butterfly (1:55.37), Matthew Jensen in the 50 free (20.61), Dylan Hawk in the 100 free (45.19), Trent Frandson in the 500 free (4:38.07) and Jack Meehan in the 400 individual medley (4:03.96).
Victories in the 400-yard medley (3:22.43) and 400 freestyle (3:01.93) relays started and finished the productive invitational meet for the Bears.
Cal will host rival Stanford in the annual Triple Distance Meet at Spieker Aquatics Complex on Friday, Nov. 5. The Bears and Cardinal will swim three distances of one stroke, with individuals racing at 50, 100 and 200 yards in each event. Distance freestylers will race the 200, 500 and 1,000 while IM specialists swim the 100, 200 and 400 IM. Both teams will also compete in a pair of relay events.
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