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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 Prenotfrom 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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Men’s 500 Freestyle – Prelims
USC’s Reed Malone dropped 10 seconds from his season best time to claim the top seed in the men’s 500 freestyle for this evening. Danny Thompson from Stanford was the only other in the field under 4:16 at 4:15.45.
Cristian Quintero qualified third for USC at 4:16.15, but I expect he will be much quicker in the final tonight. This meet is very important for Quintero specifically. At this point, the NCAA database has Quintero listed as having an NCAA automatic qualifying time in the 200 freestyle with a converted time from the short course World Championships on Dec 3rd, but he was not eligible during the first semester. Given the timing of the meet, I am unsure if that time will count towards NCAA qualifying. His time of 4:16.15 should make the meet, however, so it may not matter afterall. He had the fastest time in the NCAA last year at 4:10.02, so I expect him to drop down towards that time this evening.
Utah’s Bence Kiraly finished fourth with his time of 4:17.87.
Joining them in the A final will be Drew Cosgarea (STAN), Liam Egan (STAN), Pawel Furtek (USC), and Trent Williams (CAL).
It took a 4:20.61 to make the A final, a 4:23.58 to make the B final, and a 4:29.09 to make the C final.
Men’s 200 IM – Prelims
After putting 3 swimmers up in the 500 free, Stanford placed 5 guys in the A final of the 200 IM. David Nolan had the fastest time of the morning with a 1:42.29. His teammates, Tom Kremer, Curtis Ogren, Gray Umbach, and Max Williamson finished 4th through 7th this morning to earn their final swims.
Cal’s Josh Prenot and Ryan Murphy qualified 2nd and 3rd at 1:43.48 and 1:43.51, respectively. USC was the only other team to earn an A final swim in the event. Morten Klarskov qualified 8th at 1:45.30.
It took a 1:45.30 to make the A final, a 1:47.79 to make the B final, and a 1:50.14 to make the C final of the 200 IM.
Men’s 50 Freestyle – Prelims
USC’s Santo Condorelli claimed the top seed in the men’s 50 free with an impressive .6 drop to finish with a time of 19.27. His teammate, Dylan Carter, also finished in the top 8 at 6th to give USC two A final swimmers.
Zona’s Brad Tandy finished second at 19.37, and Cal’s Seth Stubblefield qualified third at 19.44. Tyler Messerschmidt and Fabio Gimondi were the second and third swimmers to qualify for the final for Cal. Messerschmidt is fifth at 19.59 and Gimondi is eighth at 19.71.
Utah’s Nick Soedel had the fourth fastest time at 19.50. Stanford qualified one swimmer into the A final as well. Sam Perry finished seventh at 19.69.
It took a time of 19.71 to make the A final, a 20.01 to make the B final, and a 20.64 to make the C final.