Bears Build Momentum At Triple Distance Meet
BERKELEY – Swimming the unique-formatted Triple Distance Meet against rival Stanford, the Cal men's swimming & diving team continued its upward trajectory through the fall months of the 2021-22 season on Friday afternoon at Spieker Aquatics Complex.
A non-team-scoring meet, the Triple Distance Meet splits swimmers into event groups (butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, sprint freestyle, distance free and individual medley) and requires swims at three different distances within the event: 50, 100 and 200 yards in the fly, breast, back and sprint free; 200, 500, 1,000 in the distance free; 100, 200 and 400 in the IM.
Cal won five of the six overall titles, including sweeps from Trenton Julian in the fly (50: 21.44; 100: 47.48; 200: 1:42.51; Total: 2:51.43), Reece Whitley in the breast (50: 24.50; 100: 53.26; 200: 1:54.96; Total: 3:12.72), Gabriel Jett in the distance free (200: 1:35.30; 500: 4:23.48; 1000: 9:13.19; Total: 15:11.97) and Hugo González in the IM (100: 48.61; 200: 1:45.92; 400: 3:53.14; Total: 6:27.67).
Full results from the Triple Distance Meet can be viewed here.
Robin Hanson was victorious in the sprint free group with a total time of 2:39.35, outpacing fellow Swedish Golden Bear Björn Seeliger (2:39.36) and Stanford's Luke Maurer (2:39.97). Hanson was just fifth in the 50 free (20.35) and fourth in the 100 free (44.30) but bested the field by 0.70 seconds in the 200 free with a 1:35.70 win to seal the overall title.
Other individual wins by Cal throughout the afternoon came from Seeliger in the 100 free (43.29) and Will Roberts in the 400 IM (3:52.28).
The lone event group Cal did not win was the backstroke, which was swept by Stanford's Leon MacAlister.
The meet concluded with Cal and Stanford splitting two relay events. The Bears' quartet of Daniel Carr (22.04), Reece Whitley (24.62), Trenton Julian (21.12) and Marcos Rico Peng (19.66) won the 200 medley relay in 1:27.44. Stanford finished the meet with a 1:20.69 win in the 200 free relay, besting Cal's Seeliger, Jack Alexy, Hanson and González by 0.10 seconds.
Cal will have nearly a month off from competition before it heads to Minneapolis for the Minnesota Invite on Dec. 1-4.
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