2016 Men’s Pac-12 Championships: Day 2 Finals Live Recap


It’s night 2 of the 2016 men’s Pac-12 Championships and tonight we’ll see the 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free, and 200 free relays. USC is the current leader, but Stanford is in position to make a charge for the lead. Arizona and Cal will look to make up a deficit and move up from 5th and 6th.

Men’s 500 Free:

  1. Reed Malone, USC- 4:11.80
  2. Liam Egan, Stanford- 4:13.80
  3. Danny Thomson, Stanford- 4:14.61

USC’s Reed Malone and Stanford’s Liam Egan were in a dead heat through the first half of the men’s 500 freestyle, but in the end it was the Trojan who brought it home for the win. Malone got USC on top of the podium to get things started in tonight’s finals, clocking a 4:11.80. Egan held on for 2nd in 4:13.80, just ahead of his teammate, Danny Thompson, who took 3rd in 4:14.61 to give Stanford 2 spots on the podium.

Utah’s Bence Kiraly swam a 4:15.75 to take 4th, beating out Cal’s Janardan Burns. Burns rounded out the top 5 with a 4:16.47, ahead of USC’s Pawel Furtek (4:17.04).

Men’s 200 IM:

  1. Andrew Seliskar, Cal- 1:43.26
  2. Gray Umbach, Stanford- 1:43.41
  3. Abrahm DeVine, Stanford- 1:43.51

Less than 3 tenths separated 1st through 3rd in the men’s 200 IM final. Stanford’s Gray Umbach and Cal’s Andrew Seliskar both hit the halfway point with 47s, followed closely by Stanford’s Abrahm DeVine. Seliskar took the slight edge on the breaststroke leg and held on for the win, taking the title in 1:43.26. Umbach finished strong for 2nd in 1:43.41, holding off a charge from DeVine (1:43.51).

Stanford’s Max Williamson was 4th in 1:43.91, giving the Cardinal 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place points in this event. USC took 5th and 8th with Patrick Mulcare (1:44.22) and Michael Domagala (1:44.75). Arizona had 2 guys in between them, with Nick Thorne (1:44.60) and Thane Maudslein (1:44.62) taking 6th and 7th.

Men’s 50 Free:

  1. Sam Perry, Stanford- 19.30
  2. Justin Lynch, Cal- 19.41
  3. Chatham Dobbs, Arizona- 19.57

Stanford’s Sam Perry got the job done for the Cardinal in the men’s 50, taking the win in 19.30. Cal’s Justin Lynch finished 2nd in 19.41. Arizona freshman Chatham Dobbs rounded out the podium in 19.57. All 3 medalists in this event were underclassmen.

Cal’s Tyler Messerschmidt (19.73) and USC’s Ralf Tribuntsov (19.74) were separated by just a hundredth for 4th and 5th. Stanford also took 6th and 8th with Jeff Garnier (19.80) and Patrick Conaton (19.95). Arizona’s Renny Richmond separated them with a 19.81 for 7th.

Men’s 200 Free Relay:

  1. Arizona- 1:17.41
  2. Cal- 1:17.89
  3. Stanford- 1:18.14

The Arizona Wildcats struck again in the 200 free relay, pulling off an upset for their 2nd relay victory of the meet. The team of Renny Richmond (19.77), Chatham Dobbs (19.29), Chad Idensohn (19.10), and JP Beach (19.25) combined for a 1:17.41 to win the title. The Cal Golden Bears gave them a run for their money, finishing in 1:17.89 for a close 2nd. Justin Lynch came home hard on the anchor leg for their relay, splitting an 18.96.

USC and Stanford battled it out for 3rd, with the Cardinal (1:18.14) touching ahead of the Trojans (1:18.26) by just over a tenth. The two teams were tied at the 100 mark, but Jeff Garnier pulled Stanford ahead with a 19.28 split on the 3rd leg.

Time Trials:

There were a few notable swims in time trials tonight. Stanford’s Curtis Ogren, who was DQed in the 200 IM this morning, swam a 1:43.74 in that event in his time trial.

The Cardinal also had some solid swims in the 100 back time trial. Freshman Ryan Dudzinski swam a 45.94. His teammate, Ryan Arata, was also quick with a 46.38.

 Team Scores:

Stanford pulled ahead in the team rankings after tonight’s finals. The Cardinal now has 275 points. USC fell to second with 229, just 6 points ahead of Arizona (220). Cal sits in 4th with 198. Utah rounded out the top 5 after day 2 with 139 points. ASU is 6th with 128.

  1. Stanford- 275
  2. USC- 229
  3. Arizona- 220
  4. Cal- 198
  5. Utah- 139
  6. ASU- 128

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6 years ago

I don’t understand your surprise over pac 12 sprinting. The last people they had below 18 was stubblefield and Tandy. And the last person below 42 was Vlad. I’ve always seen pac 12 as specializing in I.e. Backstroke and breastroke where they are way ahead of everyone else in those areas. Unless Messerschmidt becomes Messerschmidt again they won’t have anyone below 19.10 for a while

Reply to  Uberfan
6 years ago

Soedel was 41.97 in 2014 PAC12 Champs prelims

6 years ago

What happened to PAC12 Sprinting?? Wow…. Not even close to ACC and SEC!! NC STATE sprint guys would totally dominated the finals tonight…. I didn’t even know who NC STATE was a couple of years ago

Reply to  Swimfan
6 years ago

Tandy, Soedel, Quintero, and Stubblefied all graduated. Messy was up with those guys before.

Justin Pollard
6 years ago

Anyone got relay splits for the 200FR?

Reply to  Justin Pollard
6 years ago

It was on meet mobile for a little bit but I only remember Lynch going under 19 (Barely but still) and Messerschmidt went a 19.8..

6 years ago

Messerschmidt currently sits as the 37th fastest swimmer in the NCAA

6 years ago

Lynch is sorta a bo$$, way to get under that 19 in the relay

6 years ago

I am wondering what happens to Messerschmidt as well. One of the nations best sprinters, he’s certainly fallen off a bit but I have faith he will pull it together

Phillip's Van
Reply to  Uberfan
6 years ago

When does he have time to pull it together? I don’t really know how the NCAA’s decided but I do no think a 19.59 is going to be enough. Thats not even in the top 40.

6 years ago

What happened to Tyler?

Reply to  Swim
6 years ago

and every sprinter in the pac 12?

Don't Drown
6 years ago

Reed is absolutely amazing… 4:11? That is so fast. Proud of him, he’s one of the best people I’ve met in my life. Proud to have been on relays with him once.

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