Men’s 400 IM Prelims
Cal freshman Josh Prenot put up a very good 3:45.57 in the 400 IM for the top overall seed in the morning. That’s far off of his season-best, but was still a sharp-looking prelims swim. Prenot is very good through all of the strokes, and that showed in this race. He even out-split Stanford’s Matt Thompson (2nd seed – 3:46.51) on the backstroke leg, where Thompson is very good.
Prenot’s challenge will be getting enough of a lead tonight, as the older Thompson has a much better closing kick.
Arizona freshman Michael Meyer is the 3rd seed in 3:47.54, making two freshmen in the top three qualifiers. Stanford’s Robbie Hommel is 4th in 3:47.56. Though the Cardinal have two of the top four finalists, but with brothers Ben Hinshaw and Adam Hinshaw also in the A-final for the Golden Bears, this is another advantage for Cal.
Men’s 100 Fly Prelims
Cal’s Tom Shields had no trouble with the front-half of his double, swimming a 45.25 for the top seed. Just behind him is Arizona’s Giles Smith in 46.02, forcing a rematch of the top two from last year’s NCAA Championship.
Cal’s Marcin Tarczynski (46.52) and Stanford’s Gray Umbach (46.62) will be the 3rd and 4th seeds. Umbach out-finished Maclin Davis from USC (6th – 46.62) in prelims; those are two of the fastest high school butterfliers in history.
Jack Lane, also from Stanford, was just behind Davis in 46.67, following up on his outstanding 200 medley relay split from Sunday.
Stanford’s Aaron Wayne chose this 100 fly for his day 2 event instead of the 200 free, and he will have his second B-Final swim tonight. His 46.86 left him just out-touched by Arizona State’s Alex Coci, a transfer from Alabama. Once again, this will be another outscore from Cal.
Men’s 200 Free Prelims
USC’s Dimitri Colupaev, recovering from his tough prelims swim on Monday, took the top seed in the 200 free prelims with a 1:34.97. He and teammate Cristian Quintero (1:35.08) are the top two seeds, and with the way both dropped in finals yesterday, it will be tough to catch them.
Stanford freshman Tom Kremer is 3rd in 1:35.45, and Cal freshman Trent Williams took 4th in 1:36.72. Williams is taking a very similar arc to what his teammate Will Hamilton did at last year’s Pac 12 meet; Hamilton had his big breakthrough at Pac 12′s to go from relative unknown to eventually an NCAA champion as a freshman. We don’t know yet if Williams will pull that off too, but he swims a similar event schedule and thus far is taking a similar path.
The aforementioned Hamilton was 5th in prelims in 1:35.71. This is a winnable event for Stanford, and a spot where they really need to step up and make their stand before Cal has a chance to pull away.
Men’s 100 Breast Prelims
Stanford has found some good breaststrokers for their medley relays, but none of them are primary breaststrokes. That means that the Cardinal are left with only a single scorer in this 100 breaststroke: junior Mason Shaw who sits 11th in 54.49.
Meanwhile, Cal has two: both of whom are in the A-Final. That includes Trevor Hoyt, who is the 3rd seed after this morning’s prelims in 53.26.
American and NCAA Record holder Kevin Cordes is the top seed in 51.43 and USC’s Vlad Morozov is 2nd in 52.58. That breaks the USC school record for Morozov in the event, the second time this year that he’s done so.
UCSB’s Tommy Freeman took advantage of the relative weakness of the top two teams, and a season-best time, to take the 4th seed in 53.39.
Men’s 100 Back Prelims
The 100 back live results show that Mitchell Friedemann is the 2nd seed, however the official results shown on the scoreboard had Friedemann DQ’ed. We have confirmed that Friedemann WAS NOT DQ’ed, and therefore will be the 2nd seed tonight.
David Nolan, who won three Pac 12 Championships last year, has himself lined up early to shoot for the same this season. He will take the top seed into tonight’s finals in 46.20, followed closely by Arizona’s Mitchell Friedemann, who led the country coming into championship season.
Still lurking, though, are Cal newcomer Tony Cox, a former All-American from Auburn; and Tom Shields, the defending NCAA Champion in the event. Both Nolan and Shields were under 46′s at last year’s meet.
In terms of team scoring, Cal has four in the A-Final. Stanford, as good and as deep as their backstroke group is, only got 1 up, as Will Gunderson and Matthew Swanston both slid to the B-Final.
“Ups” refer to the number of swimmers who have qualified for the A-Final, and “Downs” refer to the number of swimmers in the “B” final. “Ups” can finish no lower than 8th in finals, and “Downs” can finish no higher than 9th and no lower than 16th (excluding DQ’s, of course).
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