2018 Men’s Pac-12 Fan Guide: Cal a Threat to Stanford 3-Peat

2018 MEN’S PAC-12 SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

The 2018 Men’s Pac-12 Championships are set to kick off tomorrow in Federal Way, Washington. After repeating as champions last season, the Stanford Cardinal is in the hunt for a threepeat, but the Cal Bears won’t make it easy. Stanford has a ridiculously talented distance group that should bring in huge points, but the Bears are strong on the opposite end with a solid group of top-notch sprinters.

Though no swimming events have been contested yet, the teams already have some points on the board as the diving events took place last week. Heading into the meet, USC has a slight lead over Stanford and Cal. You can read more about the diving events and see the current team standings here.

STARS

Arizona: Chad Idensohn (junior sprinter), Chris Wieser (senior freestyler), Chatham Dobbs (junior fly/backstroker), Nick Thorne (senior IMer), Justin Wright (senior butterflier), JP Beach (senior sprinter)

Arizona State: Andrew Porter (senior butterflier), Cameron Craig (sophomore free/IMer), Grant House (freshman freestyler), Christian Lorenz (senior breaststroker), Zach Poti (freshman backstroker), Ben Olszewski (sophomore freestyler)

Cal: Andrew Seliskar (junior IMer), Justin Lynch (senior sprinter), Ryan Hoffer (freshman sprinter)Zheng Quah (sophomore butterflier), Connor Hoppe (senior breaststroker), Michael Jensen (sophomore sprinter), Pawel Sendyk (sophomore freestyler), Matt Josa (senior butterflier), Mike Thomas (junior fly/IMer), Sean Grieshop (freshman IM/freestyler)

Stanford: Sam Perry (senior sprinter), Ryan Dudzinski (junior backstroker), Andrew Liang (senior butterflier), Liam Egan (senior freestyler), Grant Shoults (sophomore freestyler), True Sweetser (sophomore freestyler), Johannes Calloni (freshman freestyler), Patrick Conaton (senior backstroker), Matthew Hirschberger (freshman freestyler), Abrahm DeVine (junior IMer) – The Stanford distance group is incredibly deep and includes defending champions Shoults (500 free) and Sweetser (1650 free). Freshmen Calloni and Hirschberger add to a group that should do big scoring damage.

Southern Cal: Ralf Tribuntsov (senior free/backstroker), Robert Glinta (freshman backstroker), Patrick Mulcare (junior backstroker), Carsten Vissering (junior breaststroker), Santo Condorelli (senior sprinter), Dylan Carter (senior fly/freestyler), Alex Valente (junior butterflier), Jon Knox (senior backstroker) – All-Americans Carter and Condorelli are back for their senior season and will be key pieces of USC’s relays. Freshman Glinta, an Olympic finalist, is a valuable addition and should be a backstroke finalist.

Utah: Austin Phillips (junior free/IMer), Paul Ungur (senior fly/backstroker), Daniel McArthur (junior backstroker), Jack Burton (senior breaststroker), Matteo Sogne (sophomore freestyler), Rahiti De Vos (sophomore freestyler) – Ungur has been looking good in dual meets throughout the season. He’s a returning finalist and NCAA qualifier in the 100 fly.

SHOWDOWNS

50/100 free- The sprint freestyles feature several stars, including Cal freshman Ryan Hoffer. Swimming fans have been waiting to see Hoffer perform with some rest and if he can match the blistering times he’s swum in the past. Teammates Justin Lynch, Pawel Sendyk, and Michael Jensen will be there to challenge. Arizona State’s Cameron Craig is back after winning the 100 free as a freshman. Stanford’s Sam Perry, a Pac-12 sprint champion, looks to return to the top of the podium. USC’s Olympic sprinters Santo Condorelli and Dylan Carter should be in the mix as well.

200/400 IM- Cal’s Andrew Seliskar is the reigning champion in both the 200 and 400 IM. He’s won the events in each of the last 2 seasons, but Stanford’s Abrahm DeVine is a threat. DeVine had a big summer, qualifying for Worlds in the 200 IM, and could be due for a big breakout in the yards pool as well. He’s already dropped from his best time this season in the 200 IM. Another man to look out for is Arizona’s Nick Thorne, who was an Olympic Trials semifinalist in the 200 IM. Arizona State’s Cameron Craig and Cal’s Matt Josa are also in the hunt.

200 free- Arizona State’s Cameron Craig will defend his title after winning the event as a freshman, but USC’s Dylan Carter will look to avenge last season’s narrow loss. Stanford’s Grant Shoults returns after taking bronze in 2017. Arizona State may see a new face on the podium with freshman Grant House competing in his first conference meet. Cal’s Michael Jensen, a returning finalist, may also turn some heads.

100 fly- Cal’s Matt Josa and Justin Lynch return after going 1-2 last season. This time they’ll be joined by teammate Zheng Quah. Stanford’s Andrew Liang, a 2017 medalist, and Sam Perry could make things interesting. USC has a pair of contenders in Santo Condorelli and Alex Valente. Arizona’s Chatham Dobbs and Arizona State’s Andrew Porter are returning finalists.

SELECTIONS

  1. Cal
  2. Stanford
  3. Arizona State
  4. USC
  5. Arizona
  6. Utah

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Lauren Neidigh is a former NCAA swimmer at the University of Arizona and the University of Florida. She got her M.S. in Criminology from Florida State and seems exceptionally confused about which team she should cheer for during the college football season. Lauren is currently a coach at Loggerhead Aquatics …

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