- Dates: Wednesday, March 5th – Saturday, March 8th; Prelims 11AM/Finals 6PM (Diving February 26th-March 1st with women’s Pac-12s)
- Location: Federal Way, WA (Pacific Time Zone)
- Defending Champion: California (results)
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Quick Hit (from our Championship Primer): Last season, Cal ended Stanford’s 31-year winning streak at the Pac-12 Championships by just 25 points. This year looks like another battle, with the top 4 teams all sitting within the top 10 in our mid-season power rankings. Cal looks like a well-rounded juggernaut with a loaded young backstroking corps featuring Ryan Murphy and Jacob Pebley as well as new breaststroking addition Chuck Katis and big-time distance man Jeremy Bagshaw. Stanford has its own loaded lineup, headlined by backstroker David Nolan. And you can’t count out USC or the powerhouse Arizona lineup, and Utah has been on a tear this season since upsetting Zona early on.
Now that the talk of “The Streak” is over (in reference to Stanford’s 31-year conference winning streak that ended last season), there are a number of other story lines we can focus on in this meet. First, the Cal Bears are looking to defend their Pac 12 title and set themselves up for a title run at the end of the month at NCAA’s. Stanford, meanwhile, is looking to take back the top spot from their rivals, with a 100+ point edge from diving coming into the meet, along with returning individual NCAA champion David Nolan and a core group of freshmen who are making an immediate impact.
Although the team race has been all about Stanford and Cal for a majority of the last three decades, the rest of the field adds plenty of fireworks to the show. Although USC lost Vlad Morozov–the most valuable swimmer in the NCAA–to the professional circuit, the Trojans brought in the #1-ranked freshman class, headlined by Reed Malone and Dylan Carter. Combined with the 1-2 mid-distance punch of Dimitri Colupaev and Cristian Quintero, and USC has the pieces to play the role of spoiler this weekend. Arizona never puts a lot of stock in Pac 12′s, but with American/NCAA/U.S. Open record holder Kevin Cordes and newly-eligible sprinter Bradley Tandy, expect to see some fast swimming from the Wildcats.
Under first year head coach Joe Dykstra, the Utah Utes have had one of their best seasons in recent memory, including some unbelievable in season performances from junior sprinter Nick Soedel.
Arizona: Matt Barber (senior mid-distance), Kevin Cordes (junior breaststroker), Mitchell Friedemann (senior backstroker), Michael Meyer (sophomore IMer), Andrew Porter (sophomore sprint butterflyer), Giles Smith (senior sprinter), Kevin Steel (senior breaststroker), Bradley Tandy (junior sprint freestyler)
Arizona State: David Adalsteinsson (senior backstroker), Richard Bohus (freshman backstroker), Thibaut Capitaine (sophomore breaststroker), Alex Coci (senior butterflyer), Zac Dalby (junior IMer)
Cal: Jeremy Bagshaw (senior distance free), Tony Cox (senior sprinter), Chuck Katis (junior breaststroker), Ryan Murphy (freshman backstroker), Josh Prenot (sophomore IMer), Seth Stubblefield (junior sprinter), Marcin Tarczynski (senior everything)
Cal Poly: Caleb Davies (freshman sprinter), Jimmy Deiparine (junior breaststroker), Sonny Fierro (sophomore distance freestyler), Mackey Hopen (junior breaststroker), Paolo Stanchi (junior IMer)
Stanford: Connor Black (freshman sprinter), Drew Cosgarea (junior distance), Tom Kremer (sophomore freestyler), Daniel Le (freshman breaststroker), David Nolan (junior anything), Thomas Stephens (junior freestyler), Danny Thomson (sophomore distance freestyler), Max Williamson (freshman IMer/breaststroker)
UC Santa Barbara: Randy Aakhus (senior IMer), Wade Allen (junior sprinter), Andy Castilleja (sophomore breaststroker), Armen Darbinyan (sophomore distance freestyler), Ryan Hanni (senior sprinter), Tyler Jean (junior breaststroker), Chase Lemley (junior sprinter), Mickey Mowry (junior butterflyer)
USC: Dylan Carter (freshman freestyler/backstroker), Santo Condorelli (freshman sprinter) Dimitri Colupaev (senior freestyler/IMer), Maclin Davis (sophomore butterflyer), Michael Domagala (freshman freestyler/butterflyer), Morten Klarskov (sophomore breaststroker), Reed Malone (freshman freestyler), Cristian Quintero (junior freestyler)
Utah: Bence Kiraly (sophomore freestyler/butterflyer), Kristian Kron (sophomore breaststroker), Nolan Rogers (freshman IMer), Nick Soedel (junior sprint freestyler), Ken Tiltges (senior sprinter)
Stanford comes into the meet with a 100+ point cushion from their diving crew that competed last week, but as much as it pains me to say, the Bears should have enough depth to take their second straight Pac 12 title, particularly in the backstroke and sprint freestyle events. That being said, with the conference format minimizing the advantages the Bears will have at NCAA’s in certain events (the 100 back, for example, where they should put four swimmers in the top ten), this one should be closer than most people think. If Stanford (or USC, for that matter) really makes a push, don’t be surprised if someone else takes this meet.
7. Arizona State
8. Cal Poly