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Cal Primed For Minnesota Invite

Nov 30, 2021
Fifth-year senior Daniel Carr and the Golden Bears will face a stacked field at the midseason Minnesota Invite this week.

BERKELEY – Third-ranked (CSCAA) California men's swimming & diving returns to competition this week at the Minnesota Invite, hosted by the University of Minnesota Recreation and Wellness, on Dec. 1-4. All prelims and finals sessions will take place at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatics Center in Minneapolis.
 
The Golden Bears, who have not competed since Nov. 5, will clash with a high-quality field that includes No. 1 Texas, No. 4 Michigan, No. 17 Wisconsin, Arizona, Harvard and host Minnesota. Women's teams from all seven schools will also compete throughout the four-day midseason invitational. The action gets underway at 4 p.m. PT (6 p.m. CT) Wednesday with the 200-yard medley relay and 800 freestyle relay events. The following three days will feature prelims at 8 a.m. PT and finals at 4 p.m. PT.
 
Per University of Minnesota policy, masks are required indoors regardless of vaccination status. Further information about the Minnesota Invite can be viewed at www.recwell.umn.edu.
 
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

  • Wednesday, Dec. 1: 200 medley relay (finals only), 800 free relay (finals only)
  • Thursday, Dec. 2: 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free, 400 medley relay (finals only), 3-meter diving
  • Friday, Dec. 3: 100 fly, 400 IM, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, 200 free relay (finals only), 1-meter diving
  • Saturday, Dec. 4: 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, 400 free relay (finals only), platform diving

 
IN THE RANKINGS
Cal is ranked third nationally with 316 points in the latest CSCAA Top 25 poll, released on Nov. 17. Of the seven men's teams competing in Minneapolis this week, six are at least receiving votes in the poll; No. 1 Texas, No. 4 Michigan, No. 17 Wisconsin, Harvard (18 votes) and Arizona (2 votes).
 
LAST TIME IN THE POOL
Swimming the unique-formatted Triple Distance Meet against rival Stanford, Cal continued to build momentum in early November 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).
 
LOOKING BACK
The Bears swam at the 2019 edition of the Minnesota Invite, placing second behind Texas in the seven-team field. Cal won five events (three individual, two relay) at the 2019 midseason invitational, including the 400 IM by Trenton Julian and the 200 breast by Reece Whitley.
 
JULIAN SELECTED FOR WORLD SHORT-COURSE TEAM
Fifth-year senior Trenton Julian will join Cal alumnus Tom Shields in representing Team USA at the 2021 FINA Short-Course World Championships on Dec. 16-21 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Julian will swim the 200-meter fly and Shields will swim the 50m and 100m butterfly events. The championships are contested in a 25-meter pool rather than a 50-meter pool used at the Olympics and other international competitions.
 
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