2014 Men’s Pac-12 Championships: Day 4 Prelims Real-Time Recaps

Cal finally overtook Stanford, by 50 points, and on Saturday they will look to finish off their second-straight Pac 12 men’s championships.

Cal starts the day off big with the top two seeds coming into the meet in the 200 back (Jacob Pebley and Ryan Murphy), but again Stanford has an opportunity and enough swimmers to out-place their seeds and still take this meet – it’s far from a done deal. If David Nolan were to win the 200 back, that would go a long way, and the Cardinal have a chance to make up big points on Cal in the mile if Justin Buck and Drew Cosgarea can move up.

Also watch the men’s 100 free. USC’s Cristian Quintero has been unstoppable at this meet, but Utah’s Nick Soedel is hungry after having been DQ’ed in the prelims of the 100 free for each of the last two years for a false start.

Refresh the page often, as we’ll be recapping the races as they happen.

Day 3 finals recap, including current team scores, can be seen here.

PAC-12 MEN

  • 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)
  • Live Results: Available
  • Championship Central

200 Backstroke

Jacob Pebley takes the top seed for tonight over Stanford’s David Nolan. Pebely was out a bit more aggressive than Nolan, as he was 49.4 at the 100 split versus Nolan’s 50.1. You know Nolan has more in the tank tonight as his last 50 split was 24.8, .4 better than anyone else in the field.

Pebley finished at 1:41.35. Nolan was at 1:41.49.

Cal finds a way to fit two more into the A final with freshmen Ryan Murphy at third and Sven Campbell in seventh. Nolan is only joined by Will Gunderson in fifth.

USC’s Chase Bloch had a solid morning swim to earn a berth into the championship final, cutting over a second off his seed time to finish at 1:42.61 for fourth. Arizona’s Ellis Miller is sixth and Utah gets in there for eighth with Kristian Kron to round out the finalists.

Cal – 3 big/0 little
Stanford – 2 big/1 little
USC – 1 big/2 little
Arizona – 1 big/3 little
Utah – 1 big/0 little
ASU – 0 big/1 little
UCSB – 0 big/1 little

100 Freestyle

Nick Soedel has finally put it together in the 100 freestyle. After two years of false starts, Soedel was clean this morning to take the top seed in 41.97 for Utah.

Cal and USC each put three swimmers each in the top eight this morning. Cal went two, three and five with Tyler Messerschmidt, 42.44, Seth Stubblefield, 42.67, and Fabio Gimondi, 42.95. USC, who is the defending NCAA champion in the 400 freestyle relay, has Cristian Quintero, 42.85, Dimitri Colupaev, 43.25, and Santo Condorelli, 43.39 in at fourth, sixth and seventh.

Arizona fills out the heat with Brian Stevens. This is a big point swing for Cal here, with three up and Stanford with zero, this is where the Bears can make the push tonight.

Arizona’s Brad Tandy, who leads the nation in the 50 freestyle, is 12th after this morning at 43.73.

Cal – 3 big/0 little
Stanford – 0 big/1 little
USC – 3 big/2 little
Utah – 1 big/1 little
Arizona – 1 big/2 little
UCSB – 0 big/2 little

200 Breaststroke

Kevin Cordes always makes it looks easy. He finished his morning swim in 1:52.37, which is now the new PAC-12 Meet Record. He broke Gary Marshall’s 2005 record time of 1:52.71. Cordes was out in 54.68, then on the back end split 28.3, 29.3 – the fastest two in the field.

Cordes’ teammate Sam Rowan is fifth.

Cal’s Josh Prenot stands second after a 1:55.48 swim tonight. His teammate Ryan Studebaker had a very impressive swim this morning. He was seeded at 2:00.10, but shaved all the way down to 1:55.91 this morning. That should make the meet later this month, plus it sits him fourth overall this morning.

USC’s Morten Klarskov had a big swim himself, cutting nearly two seconds off his seed to finish at 1:55.87, good for the third seed tonight. His teammate Steven Stumph also cut a fractional amount of time to finish sixth this morning.

Stanford found two into the final with Max Williamson and Mason Shaw. Those two were critical to balance out Cal here, and somehow fight back after a disappointing 100 freestyle preliminaries.

Cal’s Chuck Katis, who looked very good in the 100 breast earlier in the meet, was a 1:56.87 which left him in the B-final by just .02 seconds.

Cal – 2 big/1 little
Stanford – 2 big/1 little
USC – 2 big/3 little
Arizona – 2 big/2 little
UCSB – 0 big/1 little

200 Butterfly

Stanford and Cal each put up three A finalists in this event. Cal graduated Tom Shields, and now the event is wide open for the taking, and there is a lot of young blood out there in the field. Cal plans to keep it in the family, as Will Hamilton cut three seconds from his seed to finish first at 1:43.70.

Tom Kremer of Stanford is right behind him at 1:44.70, just about a second drop from his seed time. Marcin Tarczynski and Long Gutierrez are nipping at his heels finishing third and fourth for the Cal efforts this morning. That was a two second drop for Gutierrez.

Stanford’s supporting crew came in at seventh and eighth this morning with Gray Umbach and Jimmy Yoder. The two of them had great swims; Umbach with a three second drop and Yoder at four.

Filling out the heat includes Cary Wright from USC and Arizona State’s Alex Coci. Wright time trialed this event on Thursday, and finished at 1:43.48, which would have put him up as the top seed. He was 1:44.52 this morning, so if he can swim like he did on Thursday, he’s got a shot to take this event as well.

Cal – 3 big/1 little
Stanford – 3 big/1 little
USC – 1 big/2 little
ASU – 1 big/1 little
UCSB – 0 big/1 little
Arizona – 0 big/2 little

1650 Freestyle

This is event will go on this afternoon as a timed final event. The top eight will compete at finals tonight.

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Cathy Morley Foster

Great work by the Bears! That’s Sven Campbell BTW.

Jolene Shields

Go Bears!!!

David Gong

Did Cal’s Katis swim the 200 breast?

He did – 9th place overall in 1:56.87, so he’ll lead the B final barring any scratches.

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