Jett Captures 200 Free
MINNEAPOLIS – California freshman Gabriel Jett clocked 1:32.52 to win the 200-yard freestyle on the third night of the Minnesota Invitational at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center. Jett was one of eight Golden Bears competing across five individual championship finals Friday night in Minneapolis.
The freshman bested Michigan's Patrick Callan (1:32.77) and Texas' Coby Carrozza (1:33.06) with a lifetime-best mark; Jett's previous best heading into Friday morning's prelims was 1:35.30. The 1:32.52 finish was also the second-fastest time in the NCAA and the third-fastest in program history behind Andrew Seliskar (1:30.14) and Trenton Julian (1:31.41).
Jett joined Destin Lasco (200 individual medley) as Bears who have won individual events in Minnesota so far this week.
Reece Whitley threw down the third-fastest 100 breaststroke time in the NCAA with a 51.22 finish, good for third place and an NCAA A qualifying time. Close behind Whitley was Liam Bell, who took fifth place in 52.07.
Lasco (45.53) and Daniel Carr (45.76) placed second and third in the 100 backstroke with NCAA B cuts and season-best finishes.
The night concluded with Cal earning an NCAA A qualifying time of 1:16.46 in the 200 free relay as Björn Seeliger (19.02), Jack Alexy (19.19), Liam Bell (19.33) & Daniel Carr (18.92) touched second in the event. It was the second-fastest time in the NCAA this season, only trailing Texas' 1:15.49, which one the event.
In the first two events of the night, Dare Rose placed seventh in the 100 butterfly (46.56) while Sean Grieshop (3:44.61) and Chris Jhong (3:48.69) claimed fifth and eighth in the 400 IM with NCAA B qualifying times.
Cal concludes the four-day Minnesota Invite on Saturday with prelims (8 a.m. PT) and finals (4 p.m. PT) in the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly and 400 free relay (finals only).
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