Day 2 of the 2015 Men’s PAC-12 Championships see the heat sheets fairly intact for this morning, with the only notable scratch coming in the 500 freestyle. Cary Wright, a junior out of USC, was sitting in the 18th seeded spot with his time of 4:26.50, but looks to have opted out of that race in favor of the 200 IM as his focus on the day.
The men’s 500 sees Utahs Bence Kiraly (4:17.40) as its top seed in the event, leading heat 5 of 5 this morning. He will be flanked by last night’s fastest 200 free splitter in the 800 free relay event, USC’s Cristian Quintero, who sits as the 7th seed, as well as Cal sophomore Long Gutierrez from Cal. Adam Hinshaw leads heat 4 of 5 this morning in the event, as the senior from Cal is positioned as the 2nd seed with his time of 4:18.74. Stanford’s Jimmy Yoder and Cal’s Ryan Kao are listed as exhibitioning the event.
Later in the morning we will be treated to one of several match-ups between heavyweights Stanford senior David Nolan and Cal sophomore Ryan Murphy in the 200 IM race. Look for them to go head-to-head in lanes 4 and 5, respectively out of the prelims’ final heat. Murphy’s Cal teammate Jacob Pebley will be right in the mix as well, sitting as the 10th seed, but right next to Murphy to have a pace-setter during the contest. Josh Prenot from Cal will lead heat 5 of 6, situated in the middle of the pool in his heat to set-up his evening swim against the mega-stacked field.
The 50 free is the third individual event on the docket for today, which contains several big names gunning to get to the wall in a frenzied first place. Look for Arizona’s Brad Tandy, Cal teammates Tyler Messerschmidt and Seth Stubblefield, as well as Utah’s Nick Soedel as just some of the top players to make a move in the event. Murphy was technically on the psych sheets for the event, but is a not-too-terribly surprising scratch for the race. Tandy is the only swimmer coming into the meet already having an NCAA automatic qualifying time, which means virtually everyone will be firing on all cylinders to make the most of their prelim swims in an effort to get the cut, but also position themselves in the best spot to take a shot at the PAC-12 title.
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- Dates: Wednesday, March 4th – Saturday, March 7th; Prelims 11AM/Finals 6PM
- Location: Federal Way, WA (Pacific Time Zone)
- Defending Champion: California (results)
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