No. 2 Cal Takes Care Of Business Against No. 19 Arizona
TUCSON, Ariz. – The No. 2 ranked Cal men's swimming & diving team took care of business on Saturday, defeating No. 19 Arizona 187-98 on Friday afternoon at Hillenbrand Aquatic Center in Tucson. The Golden Bears won 11 of the 14 events on Friday, including a sweep in the 200m breaststroke. Cal also saw the return of two-time NCAA Champion Hugo Gonzalez who made his 2022-23 debut.
The meet opened with the Bears taking first and second in the 200 medley relay. It was the first of nine events in which Cal claimed the top two spots. The Bears "A" lineup of Destin Lasco, Reece Whitley, Dare Rose, and Jack Alexy finished with a time of 1:26.34. The "B" quartet of Sebastian Somerset, Luke Rodarte, Liam Bell, and Björn Seeliger finished with a time of 1:28.99.
Lasco had a strong day overall, winning three events. He also finished first in the 200 free (1:36.63) and the 200 breast (1:59.94). Gabriel Jett won two events and finished second in a third while Jason Louser, Seeliger, Dylan Hawk, Colby Mefford, and Tyler Kopp all won their respective races. Jett took gold in the 1000 free (9:16.87), and 200 individual medley (1:46.31). Mefford edged out Jett in the 200 backstroke winning with a time of 1:46.65, Mefford also placed second in the 200 free.
Louser was victorious in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 54.30, Rodarte finished third in the event for the Golden Bears, and he finished with a time of 54.74. Seeliger took first in the 50 free with a time of 19.83. Kopp captured the 500 free with a time of 4:37.13.
Gonzalez, the two-time NCAA Champion, competed in three events on the day. He helped the Bears' "A" lineup finish first in the 200 free relay. Gonzalez also took fifth in the 200 free and 100 fly.
Freshman diver Joshua Thai continues his strong season. Thai took first in the 1-meter dive with a score of 304.13. He finished second in the 3-meter dive with a score of 319.35.
Cal also sent a squad to compete against UC San Diego in La Jolla, Calif., on Friday. The Bears defeated the Tritons 143-116. Highlights of the dual meet against UCSD include individual wins by Michael Petrides (200 free), Kai Crews (100 back), Jacob Soderlund (100 breast), Bora Unalmis (200 fly), Spencer Daily (50 free), Trent Frandson (100 free), and Jacques Laeuffer (200 breast).
The Golden Bears will travel to Tempe, Arizona tomorrow for a showdown against No. 1 Arizona State at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center. That meet is slated for an 11:00 a.m. start time. The group in La Jolla will remain in San Diego for one more day when they compete in the Triton Invitational hosted by UC San Diego.
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