2017 Men’s Pac-12 Championships: Day 1 Finals Live Recap

2017 MEN’S PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIPS

The 2017 Men’s Pac-12 Championships kick off tonight in Federal Way, Washington. Swimmers are slated to compete in the 200 medley relay and 800 free relay. After diving, Stanford leads the way with 154 points, followed by USC (123) and Arizona State (88). Stanford will be fighting to defend their title, but they’ll have their hands full with a tough Cal team hot on their heels. The diving boost helps, though, as Cal is currently 5th with 37 points behind Utah’s 41.

Tonight’s action will feature several world class swimmers, including Olympians Ryan Murphy, Santo Condorelli, Dylan Carter, and Long Gutierrez. We’ll also get a first look at some of the nation’s top freshman talent in conference action, as Grant Shoults, True Sweetser, Michael Jensen, Pawel Sendyk, and Cameron Craig will all be swimming in their first Pac-12 meet.

MEN’S 200 MEDLEY RELAY

  • NCAA ‘A’ cut: 1:25.05
  • NCAA ‘B’ cut: 1:25.86
  • Conference Record: Cal (2015)- 1:22.40
  • Championship Record: Arizona (2014)- 1:23.50
  1. Cal- 1:22.31
  2. Arizona- 1:23.34
  3. Stanford- 1:23.62

Cal’s Ryan Murphy shot off the start to give the Bears the early lead n 20.78, but defending champion Arizona quickly fought back with Blair Bish‘s 23.01 breaststroke split keeping them in the game. Cal’s Justin Lynch slightly extended the lead with a 19.81 fly split, while freshman teammate Pawel Sendyk hammered it home in 18.59 to secure a new Pac-12 Record of 1:22.40 done by Cal at the 2015 NCAA meet.

The Wildcats wound up 2nd, just ahead of Stanford. Arizona’s Chad Idensohn (19.92) and Stanford’s Andrew Liang (19.91) were both sub-20 on the fly split.

MEN’S 800 FREE RELAY

  • NCAA ‘A’ cut: 6:20.67
  • NCAA ‘B’ cut: 6:24.50
  • Conference Record: USC (2014)- 6:11.64
  • Championship Record: USC (2014)- 6:12.54
  1. Cal- 6:12.07
  2. Stanford- 6:15.09
  3. USC- 6:15.34

USC’s Dylan Carter (1:32.15) and ASU’s Cameron Craig (1:32.16) roared to a pair of 1:32.1s to give their teams the early lead, but Cal and Stanford quickly battled back with the Bears’ Andrew Seliskar (1:32.35) and the Cardinal’s Tom Kremer (1:33.26) on the 2nd leg. Cal freshman Michael Jensen built their lead with a 1:33.38 on the 2rd leg, while Ryan Murphy threw down a 1:32.90 to bring them home in a new Meet Record time.

USC ran down ASU for the bronze thanks to a quick 1:32.96 split from All-American senior Reed Malone on the anchor leg.

TEAM SCORES THROUGH DAY 1 (INCLUDING DIVING):

Place Team Score
1 Stanford 220
2 USC 185
3 ASU 146
4 Cal 117
5 Utah 92
6 Arizona 62

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Foreign Embassy
5 years ago

Does anyone know what happened to the Hawaiian frosh at Cal, Aukei? Or where Connor
green went? I was looking forward to seeing. Other of them this season. Aukei was great in the fall but disappeared. and I don’t believe Connor green competed at all this year. Anyone know?

bobo gigi
5 years ago
completelyconquered
5 years ago

Told you guys Murphy would be on the 800 free relay. 🙂

Aquajosh
5 years ago

I’m pretty sure that Pawel Sendyk is Polish, so it doesn’t matter if they were under the American record or not.

bobo gigi
5 years ago

Very good 1.32.16 lead-off leg by freshman Cameron Craig.
He was great at last junior pan pacs and since then I follow the development of his career.
Sure Mr Bowman knows he has a special talent in his hands and one of the future members of the US freestyle relay teams in the next few years.

korn
Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago

almost as good as the Harvard frosh last weekend who went 1:31

JON
5 years ago

if Murphy splits 20.4 and everyone else stays the same at ncaa’s Cal goes 1:21 high… even 1:20 high in my opinion is not out of the question.

Coach Mike
Reply to  JON
5 years ago

Murphy 20.2 last year… add that to the other three times the guys did last night and they are 1:21.6 at NCAAs. Any shot Murphy goes 19.9 leading off?

Dawgpaddle
Reply to  Coach Mike
5 years ago

Great question. It will be close no doubt. I wonder how a 19.9 50 back would compare “power point wise” to Dressel’s 18.20?

Bayliss
5 years ago

If we trained/raced 50m pools for college we would utterly obliterate the rest of the world. I mean the technicality of short course swimming is beautiful to watch but it’s pretty clear that we are placing a premium on the technicalities/transitional phases of the sport over the swimming itself. Swimmers are spending critical years of training developing racing skills that don’t translate to the world-recognized level of competition. obviously it won’t work on all levels, but for division I this transition can be made (at least in the power conferences like SEC, ACC, PAC-12, Big 10 and Texas). Its ridiculous that any country should be even close to us given the Investment and numbers we have in swimming. I’d make… Read more »

Aquajosh
Reply to  Bayliss
5 years ago

Many schools don’t have 50 meter pools. They aren’t cheap to build, and swimming is not a revenue sport. Moving NCAAs to 50m would be the death knell of college swimming for all but the upper echelon of teams at a time when more parity is starting to emerge.

NONA
Reply to  Bayliss
5 years ago

We already utterly obliterate the rest of the world in swimming

swamfan
5 years ago

Great split for seliskar!! Also, for anyone who is having trouble streaming it: My livestream only works if I stream in an incognito window, same way for the women’s pac 12 championships last week. I don’t know if this will work for anybody else but I thought I’d throw it out there.

Peter Davis
Reply to  swamfan
5 years ago

If you are so inclined you can also Tor to an exchange like AlphaBay (http://pwoah7foa6au2pul.onion/register.php?aff=41211), pick up comcast/xfinity username and passwords, and use the Pac 12 Now app to view the live stream. This is also useful for free streaming of various services to all your devices. Not that I do that for cable, netflix, amazon, hulu, xbox live, NBA League Pass, NFL Redzone, NBC Sports etc. Just sayin, you could, if you wanted to, for less than .01 BTC per login info.

completelyconquered
Reply to  Peter Davis
5 years ago

Guess it’s time to purchase some btc

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Lauren Neidigh is a former NCAA swimmer at the University of Arizona (2013-2015) and the University of Florida (2011-2013). While her college swimming career left a bit to be desired, her Snapchat chin selfies and hot takes on Twitter do not disappoint. She's also a high school graduate of The …

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