Bears Dominate No. 20 Cats At Spieker
BERKELEY – The second-ranked California men's swimming & diving team was led by three individual event wins from Gabriel Jett in a dominant 173-80 Pac-12 dual meet victory over No. 20 Arizona Friday afternoon at Spieker Aquatics Complex.
Jett opened his day with the fastest time (9:01.56) by a Bear this season in the 1,000-yard freestyle, turned in an NCAA B cut of 46.90 in the 100 butterfly and posted a time of 1:44.53 in the 200 fly.
It was the 17th-straight dual meet win for Cal, dating back to Oct. 3, 2018. The Bears won 12 of 15 events against the Wildcats and posted the top times in the final two events of the day (200 individual medley and 400 free relay) racing as exhibitions.
California opened the meet by taking the top two spots in the 200 medley relay, led by Hugo Gonzalez, Reece Whitley, Trenton Julian and Jack Alexy in 1:26.20. Daniel Carr, Forrest Frazier, Dare Rose and Destin Lasco finished right behind in 1:26.71.
Cal swept the podium spots in the 500 free, 200 free, 100 free, 50 free, 200 back and 200 fly events.
Gonzalez earned his second win of the day in the 200 back, turning in an NCAA B cut of 1:43.63, the fourth-fastest time by a Bear this season. Julian also picked up his second victory with a time of 1:36.15 in the 200 free, before closing out his day with a time of 4:23.50 and a win in the 500 free.
Bjorn Seeliger added an individual win in the 100 free in 43.11. Carr took the victory in the 50 free (19.88), while Frazier (55.49) won the 100 breaststroke and Lasco (47.89) touched the wall first in the 100 back.
Cal dives back in Saturday when it hosts No. 6 Arizona State in another Pac-12 dual meet at Spieker Aquatics Complex. The meet starts at 12 p.m. (noon) PT and will be streamed on Pac-12 Plus. Prior to the meet, the Bears will recognize and celebrate nine senior student-athletes who will be competing in Berkeley for the final time in their illustrious Cal careers.