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


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).


  • 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.


  • 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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Peter Davis
4 years ago

Stanford and USC guys cruising prelims of the 500. Cal’s Kao going for it and sitting in 26th nationally, precariously into the meet.

E Gamble
Reply to  Peter Davis
4 years ago

OK….Cruise like that at NCs and you might not make it back. And we wonder why swimmers like Katie and Caeleb are so successful. It’s because they practice fast and faster.

Peter Davis
Reply to  E Gamble
4 years ago

Ledecky at Pac-12s:

500 free 4:28/4:25 prelims/finals
400 IM 4:01/3:57
200 free 1:42/1:40

Reply to  E Gamble
4 years ago

I think you’re doing Katie and Caeleb a disservice in saying the only reason they’re good is because they try hard in the morning.. it’s probably a little more complicated

E Gamble
Reply to  Namo
4 years ago

I never said that the only reason Katie and Caeleb are good is because they try hard in the morning. I said they are more successful and more consistent because they are swimming fast and faster. It’s the reason Caeleb Dressel can pop off three 41s…each one faster than the previous.. . on the same day… only a few hours or sometimes minutes apart . Swimmers will have to swim fast in prelims to make it back at NCs. You may as well start practicing now.

Reply to  E Gamble
4 years ago

Dressel has races that last 18-44 seconds, and Ledecky could swim with one arm and still make it back to finals. Not exactly comparable.

Reply to  Peter Davis
4 years ago

Malone, Egan, and sweetser all barely under 4:20? What’s going on there? They’re all sub 4:13 500 guys

Reply to  Peter Davis
4 years ago

USC only got one person in the A final and that persons been really off all season

Reply to  Uberfan
4 years ago

As for Kao nothing wrong with a pb in prelims and then finals ?

4 years ago

Murphy had the 2nd SLOWEST backstroke split of the 2IM A-finalists. Talk about cruise control.

4 years ago

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

Reply to  Whatshouldswimmerscallme
4 years ago

I didn’t know Murphy could go that slow

4 years ago

Joss 145 into consys…. Rough

4 years ago


4 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!

4 years ago

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

4 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
4 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.

Reply to  JP input is too short
4 years ago

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

Reply to  Chewbaca
4 years ago

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

Fork It
Reply to  Lauren Neidigh
4 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.

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