2018 Men’s Pac-12s Day 1 Recap: Arizona’s Dobbs Pops Off 19.7 Fly Split

2018 MEN’S PAC-12 SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

The 2018 Pac-12 Men’s Championships are set to begin tonight in Federal Way, Washington. Tonight, swimmers will line up to race in the 200 medley relay and 800 free relay. Read on for live recaps from tonight’s events.

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.

MEN’S 200 MEDLEY RELAY:

  • Pac-12 Meet Record: 1:22.31, Cal, 2017
  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 1:24.82
  1. GOLD: Cal, 1:23.14
  2. SILVER: Arizona, 1:24.32
  3. BRONZE: USC, 1:24.43

The Bears got off to a fast start as they dominated the 200 medley relay. Freshman Daniel Carr grabbed the early lead with a 21.16 back split, while Connor Hoppe rolled through the breast leg with the fastest split of the field in 23.10. Justin Lynch came through with a 20.02 fly split. Anchoring was freshman Ryan Hoffer, who put up the only sub-19 of the field in 18.86.

Arizona picked up the silver, highlighted by a strong 19.74 fly split by Chatham Dobbs. With that, he’s now tied as the 5th fastest man ever in a 50 fly relay split. It was also the 7th fastest performance all-time. Dobbs joined up with teammates Thomas Anderson (back- 21.61), Matt Salerno (breast- 23.64), and Chad Idensohn (free- 19.33).

Arizona, USC, and Stanford (1:24.73) were all under the NCAA ‘A’ cut. The Trojans got a 21.30 back split from freshman Robert Glinta and a 23.31 breast split from Carsten Vissering. Santo Condorelli (fly- 20.53) and Ralf Tribuntsov (free- 19.29) finished things off for USC. Stanford’s Ryan Dudzinski (back- 21.86) and Matt Anderson (23.56) took on the front half, handing off to Andrew Liang (fly- 20.03) and Sam Perry (free- 19.29).

MEN’S 800 FREE RELAY:

  • Pac-12 Meet Record: 6:12.07, Cal, 2017
  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 6:20.05
  1. GOLD: Cal, 6:13.30
  2. SILVER: ASU, 6:16.59
  3. BRONZE: Stanford, 6:17.98

The Bears swept the relays tonight, with Andrew Seliskar dropping a seconds from his best time in a 1:32.12 leadoff split. Mike Thomas (1:35.06), Zheng Quah (1:32.31), and Michael Jensen (1:33.81) followed to secure the win. Arizona State had a young relay with a sophomore and 3 freshman. Cameron Craig led them off in 1:32.72, followed by Grant House (1:33.82), Evan Carlson (1:34.42), and Dylan Boyd (1:35.63) as they took the silver.

Stanford had 4 men in the 1:34-range to take the bronze with Abrahm DeVine (1:34.20 leadoff), Liam Egan (1:34.89), James Murphy (1:34.76), and Grant Shoults (1:34.13). USC (6:18.97) wound up 4th, highlighted by a 1:32.45 from Dylan Carter on the 3rd leg.

TEAM SCORES THROUGH DAY 1:

  1. University of Southern Calif      177   2. Univ of California, Berkeley      162
  3. Stanford University               156   4. Arizona State University          134
  5. Utah, University of               125   6. University of Arizona              62

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Swimnerd
4 years ago

Are we 100% sure that was Dobbs on the relay and not Chad Idensohn, crazy to think Zona would have two guys that could split 19 on butterfly on the same roster

Lauren Neidigh
Reply to  Swimnerd
4 years ago

Confirmed it was Dobbs

Swimnerd
Reply to  Lauren Neidigh
4 years ago

Wild

Swim Fan
4 years ago

Let’s Go Devils…??☀️?

JP input is too short
4 years ago

Arizona showing a lot more than they have all year… not where they were a few years ago, but not bad. Let’s see how their individual events go tomorrow.

nepotism
4 years ago

We saw the impact DeSorbo and crew had at Virginia in one year’s time the past 2 weeks. After one day of the men’s meet, we have a good idea of Augie’s impact in Tucson. #BuschLightEffect #DFL

Cmon
Reply to  nepotism
4 years ago

We have a pretty good idea based off two relays, one of which was dqed. 10 year extension. Bring his brother in for TCU and let him over see. Maybe his wife can coach distance and infant son diving?

calswimfan
4 years ago

Go Bears!

SVIRD
4 years ago

Remember everybody, either a swim is slow and the team sucks, or it’s too fast and the team obviously “went all in” on this meet and obviously will crash and burn at ncaas. That’s how it works right?

Thirteen
Reply to  SVIRD
4 years ago

Yes. 100 % accurate.

JP input is too short
Reply to  SVIRD
4 years ago

Or a swim is slow but it’s because the swimmer in question hopped on the blocks immediately after a good back squat session.

Pvdh
4 years ago

Cal is winning NCs this year

Zelda
Reply to  Pvdh
4 years ago

For women’s NCAA too!

Swim Fan
Reply to  Zelda
4 years ago

No Zelda, not even close!!! Women’s will be Stanford!

Buona
Reply to  Pvdh
4 years ago

I don’t know if we should name Texas as the national title favourite this year. If we compare Texas’ Big 12 results to other elite schools, Texas doesn’t look good. But we shall do the talking in March. Eddie seems confident and looks like he has something up on his sleeves.

Coach Mike
Reply to  Buona
4 years ago

He said last weekend this is the least rested he’s ever had them for Big 12s

Swim Dawg
Reply to  Pvdh
4 years ago

ncstate ftw

jmanswimfan
4 years ago

Coan 1:33 lead off on B relay, Cal 800 is dangerous

Jay ryan
Reply to  jmanswimfan
4 years ago

Coan at 1:33.82 is now 25th on the top times list, with 5 Pac12 guys ahead of him already. One of them is Seleskar who will not swim the individual event. Switkowski from FLA might also not swim the 200. This means that about 6 guys other than Shoults, Carter, House, Craig need to swim faster than 1:33.8 to bump him out of the invite time. it looks the 1:33.8 may earn an individual qualification for Coan.

Jay ryan
Reply to  Jay ryan
4 years ago

1:33.85

Joe
Reply to  Jay ryan
4 years ago

Yeah he’s for sure in. Very cool for him. Cal may have some choices to make about their 18 men though…

Jmanswimfan
Reply to  Jay ryan
4 years ago

A 1:33 ranking 25th is crazy

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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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