Lasco Wins 200 IM In Minneapolis
MINNEAPOLIS – California earned its first win at the Minnesota Invitational as Destin Lasco touched first in the 200-yard individual medley Thursday night inside the Jean Jean K. Freeman Aquatics Center.
Lasco turned in a time of 1:41.53 to take the individual victory in the 200 IM, his fastest time this season and just 0.19 seconds off an NCAA A cut time. Reece Whitley finished seventh after posting a time of 1:45.20 in the championship heat. Lasco and Whitley were followed by Jason Louser (1:45.57) and Chris Jhong (1:46.24), who finished first and third in the consolation final for ninth and 11th-place finishes overall in the event.
The finals session opened with the 500 free final, which saw Gabriel Jett throw down a lifetime-best 4:13.90 for fourth place. The freshman shaved 1.16 seconds off his prelims time from the morning. Sean Grieshop took eighth in 4:18.44 as both he and Jett posted NCAA B qualifying times in the event. Will Roberts turned in a time of 4:23.49 in the B final for 15th overall.
Björn Seeliger led Cali in the 50 free, taking third place with a time of 19.23. Daniel Car finished 10th overall in 19.67 seconds and he was followed closely by Jack Alexy (19.70) and Liam Bell (19.73), who took 11th and 12th place, respectively. Robin Hanson posted 20.11 seconds for 16th place to finish the event.
The session concluded with the 400 medley relay, as Cal claimed third and fifth. Lasco (46.73), Reece Whitley (51.72), Dare Rose (45.84) and Seeliger (41.68) finished third with a 3:05.97 finish. Cal's B quartet of Carr, Forrest Frazier, Matthew Jensen and Alexy touched in 3:07.48.
Cal returns to the pool Friday in Minnesota for prelims and finals of the 100 butterfly, 400 IM, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke and 200 free relay (finals only). Prelims begin at 8 a.m. PT and finals start at 4 p.m. PT.
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