Silver-Medal Night In Atlanta
ATLANTA – On a silver-medal night at the NCAA Championships, Cal produced a trio of runner-up finishes, set one school record and tied another at the national meet on Thursday. Destin Lasco took second in the 200-yard individual medley, Björn Seeliger was second in the 50-yard free, and the 200-yard free relay matched the school record in its second-place finish.
Leading off the relay, Seeliger sprinted 50 yards in 18.27 seconds to lower the Golden Bear, Pac-12 and McAuley Aquatic Center records.
The Bears piled up 46 points with four swimmers scoring in the night session in the 200 IM. Lasco led three Cal swimmers in the A final with his runner-up finish. His time of 1:38.21 was a lifetime best and put him No. 2 in school history in the event. Hugh Gonzalez also swam a PR 1:39.82, finishing fifth, and he remains third all-time at Cal. Trenton Julian rounded the group and came through in seventh place in a PR 1:40.47 to rank seventh in school history. In addition, Jason Louser earned a spot in the B final, taking 14th overall in 1:41.91.
Seeliger came within a whisker of the national title in the 50 free, covering the distance in 18.59 seconds and reaching the wall just 0.03 seconds behind LSU's Brooks Curry. It marks the second straight year for Seeliger to finish as the NCAA runner-up after he placed second to teammate Ryan Hoffer last March.
A short while later, Seeliger led off the 200 free relay with his record split. Jack Alexy, Daniel Carr and Lasco followed, and their time – 1:14.36 – equaled the mark from the 2021 NCAA meet when the Bears won the national title. However on Thursday, the team from Florida touched in 1:14.11.
Through two days and seven events, Cal stands in third place with 158 points. Texas leads with 180 points, and Florida is second with 159.
The Bears will swim the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back and 400 medley Friday at the NCAA Championships. Prelims for the individual events start at 7 a.m. PT, followed by finals at 3 p.m. PT. ESPN3 will stream both sessions live, with the morning events here and the finals here.
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