2017 Men’s Pac-12 Championships: Day 2 Prelims Live Recap

2017 MEN’S PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIPS

The 2017 Men’s Pac-12 Championships in Federal Way, Washington continue this morning with the preliminary heats of the 500 free, 200 IM, and 50 free. Despite winning both relays last night, the Cal men sit in 4th with the scores including diving, and will look to close the gap today on the defending champions from Stanford. As of this morning, the Cardinal is the only team with over 200 points so far.

The 500 free will feature a loaded Stanford distance group that includes freshman standouts True Sweetser and Grant Shoults, as well as Liam Egan. USC’s defending champ Reed Malone is another one to keep an eye on in that race. Cal’s Andrew Seliskar is set to take on the 200 IM alongside teammate Ryan Murphy and Stanford’s Abrahm DeVine. Arizona State freshman Cameron Craig could have a big swim in that event after his monster swim on last night’s 800 free relay. Finally, the 50 free brings a battle between defending champ Sam Perry (Stanford), Dylan Carter (USC), Santo Condorelli (USC), and Pawel Sendyk (Cal).

MEN’S 500 FREE

  • NCAA ‘A’ cut: 4:13.22
  • NCAA ‘B’ cut: 4:24.99
  • Conference Record: Jean Basson (2009)- 4:08.92
  • Championship Record: Cristian Quintero (2015)- 4:11.25
  1. Grant Shoults, Stanford, 4:14.02
  2. Ryan Kao, Cal, 4:16.17
  3. True Sweetser, Stanford, 4:17.92
  4. James Murphy, Stanford, 4:18.47
  5. Ben Olszewski, ASU, 4:18.49
  6. Reed Malone, USC, 4:18.90
  7. Liam Egan, Stanford, 4:19.03
  8. Rahiti De Vos, Utah, 4:20.97

Stanford freshmen Grant Shoults and True Sweetser picked up 2 of the top 3 spots with ease, finishing 1st and 3rd respectively. Cal’s Ryan Kao knocked over a half second off his best time to qualify 2nd between them. Stanford will make up half of the final, as fellow Cardinal freshman James Murphy qualified 4th and Liam Egan posted the 7th fastest time, just behind USC’s defending champ Reed Malone.

Arizona State freshman Ben Olszewski had a big swim, qualifying 5th for the final after taking 3 seconds off his former best time of 4:21.48. The majority of the championship final will be made up of freshmen, as Utah freshman Rahiti De Vos rounded out the top 8.

MEN’S 200 IM

  • NCAA ‘A’ cut: 1:42.15
  • NCAA ‘B’ cut: 1:44.41
  • Conference Record: David Nolan (2015)- 1:39.38
  • Championship Record: David Nolan (2015)- 1:40.07
  1. Cameron Craig, ASU, 1:43.56
  2. Tom Kremer, Stanford, 1:43.82
  3. Andrew Seliskar, Cal, 1:43.88
  4. Ryan Murphy, Cal, 1:43.96
  5. Michael Thomas, Cal, 1:44.23
  6. Abrahm DeVine, Stanford, 1:44.39
  7. Max Williamson, Stanford, 1:44.49
  8. Steven Stumph, USC, 1:44.89

ASU freshman Cameron Craig continues to impress, dropping a personal best 1:43.56 to lead the way through prelims. Similarly to the way he did on the 800 free relay last night, Craig showcased his back end speed to win the race. His closing 50 free split was a 23.80.

Cal’s Michael Thomas clipped down his best time by 3 tenths to qualify 5th behind teammates Andrew Seliskar and Ryan Murphy. Murphy appears to have plenty left in the tank for finals, as he cruised through with the 2nd slowest backstroke split of anyone in the top 8.

Stanford will also have 3 in the final with Tom Kremer, Abrahm DeVine, and Max Williamson.

MEN’S 50 FREE

  • NCAA ‘A’ cut: 19.09
  • NCAA ‘B’ cut: 20.19
  • Conference Record: Vlad Morozov (2013)- 18.63
  • Championship Record: Brad Tandy (2014)- 18.80
  1. Pawel Sendyk, Cal, 19.27
  2. Santo Condorelli, USC, 19.49
  3. Sam Perry, Stanford, 19.50
  4. Michael Jensen, Cal, 19.55
  5. Justin Lynch, Cal, 19.57
  6. Dylan Carter, USC, 19.63
  7. Andrew Porter, ASU, 19.67
  8. JP Beach, Arizona, 19.70

Cal freshman Pawel Sendyk put up a 19-low to lead the way through prelims, while fellow Bears’ freshman Michael Jensen picked up 4th behind USC’s Santo Condorelli and Stanford’s defending Pac-12 champion Sam Perry.

The Sun Devils continued to shine, as ASU’s Andrew Porter swam a personal best by a tenth to qualify 7th. Arizona’s JP Beach also knocked a tenth off his lifetime best to round out the top 8.

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Onii-chan
5 years ago

Wow! 1:43.56! Craig-sama is definitely the hottest freshman in the Pac-12! He is battling it out for #1 freshman in my heart, against Harvard’s Farris-Sama! 。^‿^。

iLikePsych
Reply to  Onii-chan
5 years ago

I believe that he’s the second person to ever split 23 on freestyle in the IM after your Dressel-senpai did earlier this year.

Person
5 years ago

Of course Stanford puts four in the A final for the 500. They’ve got one of the best mid-distance/distance freestyle groups in the country, right up with Texas. Cal and Stanford both put three in the A final of 200 IM, but I think Cal will end up going 1-2 (Murphy-Seliskar). Stanford only has one in the 50 free, Cal has three. Cal will slowly close on Stanford as the meet goes on but they’re still in a pretty big hole from the diving.
The Stanford guys in the 500 free should make it exciting, as always. I’m most excited for Murphy’s 200 IM, though. He can probably drop a couple seconds from backstroke alone. 1:41 tonight? 1:40?

Chewbaca
5 years ago

Arizona looks to have fallen off the map. Nice to see the progress ASU is making

JP input is too short
Reply to  Chewbaca
5 years ago

The odd thing is, Arizona’s relays last night were good. I wonder though if they held up the rest on the guys that are probably good to go for nationals – they have A cuts in the 200 free and 200 medley relay already, which means Dobbs, Wihanto (I think he was the one on that relay in December), Idensohn, Beach and Richmond are in NCAA for sure, plus Wieser’s 4:16 500, Wright’s 1:42 fly, Bish’s 52.7 breast and Thorne’s 3:42 IM should also be good.

Chewbaca
Reply to  JP input is too short
5 years ago

Maybe the 2 medley was good 800 free looked a little “eh”

Uberfan
Reply to  Chewbaca
5 years ago

UofA would still beat ASU they have one really impressive swimmer at ASU

Fork It
Reply to  Lauren Neidigh
5 years ago

Olszewski was a little bit of a surprise, swam a strong aggressive race this morning and clawed his way into the final. Porter and Park looked strong this morning for the Devils. Craig is a beast. Craig and Olszewski are freshman and it will be exciting to see them develop in the coming years. Pac 12 is loaded with great freshman.

swammer91
5 years ago

Seliskar and Murphy’s splits were no more than .08 apart! Trying to see how close they could get it?

SwimToWin
5 years ago

Shoults last 50 was incredible, 23.42. Two huge underwaters to beat Kao by a few body lengths. Gonna be a fun final to watch tonight!

Cmon
5 years ago

*josa

Cmon
5 years ago

Joss 145 into consys…. Rough

Whatshouldswimmerscallme
5 years ago

Ryan Murphy splitting a 26.0 backstroke in that IM probably looked like he was cooling down

Uberfan
Reply to  Whatshouldswimmerscallme
5 years ago

I didn’t know Murphy could go that slow

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