2017 Men’s Pac-12 Championships: Day 3 Finals Live Recap

2017 MEN’S PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIPS

Day 3 finals of the 2017 Men’s Pac-12 Championships in Federal Way, Washington will see competition in the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, and 100 back. Swimming fans will get to see Cal’s Ryan Murphy vie for his first individual title of the meet in the 100 back, where he’ll be battling USC’s Meet Record holder Ralf Tribuntsov. ASU freshman Cameron Craig and USC’s Dylan Carter will have another 200 free showdown after their blistering swims on the 800 free relay. Defending champ Andrew Seliskar (Cal) and defending runner-up Abrahm DeVine (Stanford) will have a rematch in the 400 IM.

MEN’S 400 IM

  • NCAA ‘A’ cut: 3:40.76
  • NCAA ‘B’ cut: 3:54.49
  • Conference Record: Josh Prenot, 2016, 3:35.82
  • Championship Record: Josh Prenot, 2015, 3:38.83
  1. Andrew Seliskar, Cal, 3:39.53
  2. Abrahm DeVine, Stanford, 3:41.76
  3. Nick Thorne, Arizona, 3:44.42

Cal’s Andrew Seliskar used his breaststroke speed to build his lead in a close race with Stanford’s Abrahm DeVine, winning back-to-back titles while DeVine picked up back-to-back silvers. Arizona’s Nick Thorne hammered home witha 24.83 on the final 50 to out-touch Stanford’s Max Williamson (3:44.61) for the final podium spot.

USC’s Patrick Mulcare rounded out the top 5, clipping his personal best down to a 3:45.17.

MEN’S 100 FLY

  • NCAA ‘A’ cut: 45.73
  • NCAA ‘B’ cut: 48.29
  • Conference Record: Austin Staab, 2009, 44.18
  • Championship Record: Austin Staab, 2011, 44.66
  1. Matt Josa, Cal, 45.41
  2. Justin Lynch, Cal, 45.47
  3. Andrew Liang, Stanford, 45.52

Justin Lynch blazed to a 20.99 on the opening split to take a tenth lead over teammate Matt Josa, but Josa brought it home in a 24.32 to out-split Lynch on the back half and win the gold. Stanford’s Andrew Liang finished narrowly behind for bronze.

Also finishing in the 45-range were Arizona State teammates Tadas Duskinas (45.71) and Andrew Porter (45.74), as well as Arizona’s Chatham Dobbs (45.94). Notably, Stanford’s Brad Zdroik had the 6th fastest time of the night, posting a 45.91 in the C-final as an exhibition swimmer.

MEN’S 200 FREE

  • NCAA ‘A’ cut: 1:32.97
  • NCAA ‘B’ cut: 1:37.99
  • Conference Record: Simon Burnett, 2006, 1:31.20
  • Championship Record: Cristian Quintero, 2015, 1:32.40
  1. Cameron Craig, Arizona State, 1:31.71
  2. Dylan Carter, USC, 1:31.98
  3. Grant Shoults, Stanford, 1:33.74

USC’s Dylan Carter jumped out to the early lead with a 44.45 split at the 100-mark, but Arizona State freshman Cameron Craig still had a few tricks up his sleeve. Craig started to pull up on the 3rd 50, but made his big move with a 23.24 on the final 50 split to out-touch Carter in 1:31.74.

Stanford freshman Grant Shoults used a similar strategy to run down Cal’s Long Gutierrez (1:33.80) for the bronze. Rounding out the top 5 was USC All-American Reed Malone in 1:34.01.

MEN’S 100 BREAST

  • NCAA ‘A’ cut: 51.93
  • NCAA ‘B’ cut: 55.39
  • Conference Record: Kevin Cordes, 2014, 50.04
  • Championship Record: Kevin Cordes, 2014, 51.23
  1. Carsten Vissering, USC, 51.45
  2. Blair Bish, Arizona, 52.32
  3. Connor Hoppe, Cal, 52.38

USC’s Carsten Vissering and Arizona’s Blair Bish surged to a pair of 24-lows on the front half, but Vissering had the better speed on the back half, winnign the race by almost a second. Bish held off a late charge from Cal’s Connor Hoppe as they finished in 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Arizona State’s Christian Lorenz (52.63) and Stanford’s Matt Anderson (52.70) were neck-and-neck for the entire race, but Lorenz was a few tenths faster on the last 25 to secure the 4th place finish.

MEN’S 100 BACK

  • NCAA ‘A’ cut: 45.37
  • NCAA ‘B’ cut: 48.49
  • Conference Record: Ryan Murphy, 2016, 43.49
  • Championship Record: Ralf Tribuntsov, 2015, 44.95
  1. Ryan Murphy, Cal, 44.76
  2. Richard Bohus, Arizona State, 45.23
  3. Ralf Tribuntsov, USC, 45.60

Cal’s Ryan Murphy shredded his way to a new Meet Record in the 100 back, clocking in at 44.76 to take down the former record of 44.95 done by USC’s Ralf Tribuntsov back at the 2015 conference meet. Tribuntsov took the bronze tonight, coming into the wall a few tenths behind Arizona State’s Richard Bohus.

Stanford’s Ryan Dudzinski was also sub-46 to take 4th in 45.88, followed by teammate Andrew Liang (46.17). Arizona’s Chatham Dobbs put up a sub-46 swim in the B-final, clocking in at 45.90 for 9th place.

MEN’S 400 MEDLEY RELAY

  • NCAA ‘A’ cut: 3:07.75
  • NCAA ‘B’ cut: 3:09.68
  • Conference Record: Cal, 2015, 3:01.60
  • Championship Record: Cal, 2009, 3:03.30
  1. Cal, 3:03.45
  2. Arizona State, 3:03.63
  3. Stanford, 3:04.50

Cal’s Ryan Murphy (44.91) and Arizona State’s Richard Bohus (44.95) were neck and neck on the backstroke leg to set up a great race between their teams. Andrew Seliskar moved the Bears ahead with a 52.08 breaststroke split, but ASU’s Andrew Porter slightly closed the gap on the fly leg, outsplitting Matt Josa 44.78 to 44.90.

It all came down to Michael Jensen against Cameron Craig on the freestyle leg. Craig brought it home in a blistering 21.44 en route to a 41.14 split, but Jensen did just enough to hold him off and secure gold for the Bears with his 41.56.

Stanford finished a hundredth ahead of USC (3:04.51) for the bronze, as Sam Perry (41.32) ran down Santo Condorello (41.87).

TEAM SCORES THROUGH DAY 3:

  1. Stanford University               632   2. Univ of California, Berkeley      540
  3. University of Southern Calif      524   4. Arizona State University          414
  5. Arizona, University of            246   6. Utah, University of               180

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Winnie Pearl
5 years ago

I think ASU is going to do to U of A what NC State has done to UNC. It may take a couple more years, but just wait.

bobo gigi
5 years ago

A big time drop for Carsten Vissering in the 100 breast. 51.45, it starts to sound very good. His times had not improved a lot since he had broken the US 15/16 NAG record in 2014. He’s on the right track to play with Miller, Andrew, Fink, Cordes or Whitley at world trials.

bobo gigi
5 years ago

Freshman Cameron Craig is a beast!
Mr Bowman must be very happy to have recruited him.
1.31.71 and then 41.14 anchor leg! He has clearly improved a lot his turns and underwaters.
Star in the making.

Bill Bell
5 years ago

The ASU site doesn’t give his age but presuming he is/was still 18 on meet’s opening day ( March 1) Craig’s tine is a 17-18 NAG record, breaking Flirida’s Maxime Rooney’s standard from SECs. And for what it’s worth, Shane Ryan’s Big Ten- record 44.65 100 back will make him top seed @ NCAAs. But I wouldn’t bet against the guy who went 43.49 last year and by the bye happens to be world record-holder/ Olympic gold- medalist in the 100 meter backstroke and is going for four peat in BOTH the 100-200.

Uberfan
Reply to  Bill Bell
5 years ago

Shane Ryan will get second but Ryan Murphy is the most dominant male swimmer in NCAA history no way he can get anything other than 1st we will see the first and maybe only 42 second 100 back.

bobo gigi
Reply to  Bill Bell
5 years ago

Bill Bell, I’ve searched in the USA swimming database and Cameron Craig’s birthday is between early February and mid February. So he’s 19 now and it’s not a new 17/18 NAG record.

Admin
Reply to  Bill Bell
5 years ago

Bill – Cameron is already 19, so no NAG record for him.

Dave
5 years ago

What is up with all these 1:31s in the 200 free this year?? Until this year those were rare. I mean it was only a few years ago that Dax Hill won NCAAs with a 132.5

Swimgeekgirl
5 years ago

Hmmm…. I guess Bob Bowman can coach. Who knew?

AvidSwimFan
Reply to  Swimgeekgirl
5 years ago

He coached a few successful olympians in 2012, and also helped get Schmitt back in shape to qualify for rio.

Taa
Reply to  Swimgeekgirl
5 years ago

His recruiting will also get a big boost with Craig’s improvement to the elite level happening so quick.

a_trojan
5 years ago

I just don’t get it. How can Sam Perry run down the 4th place finisher at the Olympics??

Swimgeekgirl
Reply to  a_trojan
5 years ago

He’s not as good as in short course?

Uberfan
Reply to  Swimgeekgirl
5 years ago

People say this but he went a freaking 47 in the 100 free. And a really good 50 free too he went a 21.83, he should without a doubt be in the 18 second 41 freestyle range

I deadlift 300
Reply to  a_trojan
5 years ago

I heard sam perry can deadlift > 400. Eom

No medal mel
Reply to  I deadlift 300
5 years ago

Kilos #foreign

Jayden Smith
Reply to  a_trojan
5 years ago

BECAUSE SAM PERRY IS ACTUALLY KYLE CHALMERS #newzealand #australia STAY WOKE EVERYBODY

Joe
Reply to  a_trojan
5 years ago

Condorelli must be having a huge taper coming st NCs

Wahooswimfan
5 years ago

Bob Bowmen’s ASU squad certainly doing very well – the surprise of the meet so far.

bobo gigi
Reply to  Wahooswimfan
5 years ago

Looks like some swim fans are surprised to learn that Bob Bowman can coach! 😆
And when you recruit great talents then you have more chances to have great results. You can’t transform donkeys into racehorses.

CROOKED HILLARY
Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago

Bowman is a fantastic coach and a great leader too, much like Le Pen will be for France.

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