Bears Pick Up Pair Of Dual Meet Victories
LOS ANGELES – The second-ranked California men's swimming & diving team earned a pair of dominant dual meet victories in Southern California, defeating No. 8 USC 198.5-94.5 in Los Angeles and UCSD 145-111 in San Diego on Friday.
The Bears have won 20 consecutive dual meets dating back to Oct. 3, 2018, including six so far this season. Cal won all 14 events against the Trojans and 10 of 14 swims against the Tritons. Five different California swimmers won a pair of individual events at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center at USC.
Daniel Carr, Reece Whitley, Trenton Julian and Bjorn Seeliger opened the day with a win in the 200-yard medley relay, touching the wall before USC in 1:25.34.
Will Roberts took the 1,000 freestyle in 9:08.40 and Gabriel Jett won the 200 free (1:35.33) and the 500 free (4:23.09), making it seven straight individual event wins over the last three meets. Bjorn Seeliger won the 50 free (19.38) and the 100 free (43.42).
In the backstroke events, Destin Lasco earned wins in the 100 (47.33) and 200 (1:43.97). Reece Whitley claimed the 100 breaststroke in 52.48 and the 200 breast in 1:54.34. Trenton Julian swept the butterfly events, touching first in the 100 (47.18) and 200 (1:43.30).
In San Diego, Kai Crews won the 100 back in 48.79 and was a part of the 200 medley relay winning team (1:29.13) along with Forrest Frazier, Matthew Jensen and Marcos Rico Peng. Michael Petrides posted an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:35.96 to win the 200 free and also took the 100 free in 44.13.
The seventh Bear of the day to earn a pair of individual wins was Jack Meehan, who took the 1,000 free in 9:08.41 and the 500 free in 4:28.39.
Cal dives back in Saturday in San Diego for the Triton Invitational. The meet starts at 10 a.m. at the Canyonview Aquatic Center.