2018 Pac-12 Men’s Swimming Championships: Day 2 Prelims


Day 2 of the 2018 Pac-12 Championships will feature a brief 3-event prelims session, starting with the 500 free where the Stanford Cardinal are expected to dominate with a deep distance crew. The day’s 2nd event, the 200 IM, should more-heavily favor Cal in the battle for the team title, as should the 50 free with Cal featuring the top 4 seeds coming into the meet, and Stanford having none better than 10th (senior Sam Perry).

USC held a 15 point lead over Cal after day 1’s relays session, with all diving points already incorporated. Stanford sits another 5 points behind Cal.

Editors note: This recap was originally posted as results happened.

Men’s 500 Free – Prelims

  • Pac-12 Meet Record: 4:10.67, Grant Shoults, Stanford, 2017
  • Pac-12 Conference Record: 4:08.92, Jean Basson, Arizona, 2009
  • NCAA “A” Cut: 4:12.49

Stanford took 3 of the top 4 spots in the 500 free at last year’s Pac-12 Championship, and will pick up big points again this year with the top 4 qualifiers through to finals and 5 total A-finalists. The prelims swims were led by senior Liam Egan, who finished in 4:15.61, and followed by freshman Johann Calloni. Last year’s champion, Grant Shoults, qualified 2nd in 4:17.47 – he’s been 6 seconds better this season already and has an NCAA “A” standard. Another Cardinal freshman Matthew Hirschberger qualified 4th in 4:17.50.

True Sweetser, last year’s runner-up for Stanford, qualified just 12th into the final in 4;21.63. His season-best is 4:16.82, but he’s already qualified for NCAAs in the 1650 and has a “B” cut in the 500 free, so there’s no risk of him missing national championships.

The top non-Stanford qualifier is Cal’s Sean Grieshop in 4:17.87. 3 of the top 5 qualifiers are freshmen.


  1. Liam Egan, Stanford – 4:15.61
  2. Johann Calloni, Stanford – 4:17.22
  3. Grant Shoults, Stanford, 4:17.47
  4. Matthew Hirschberger, Stanford – 4:17.50
  5. Sean Grieshop, Cal – 4:17.87
  6. Nick Norman, Cal – 4:18.16
  7. James Murphy, Stanford – 4:18.53
  8. Brendan Meyer, Arizona – 4:19.05

200 IM – Prelims

  • Pac-12 Meet Record – 1:39.38, David Nolan, Stanford, 2015
  • Pac-12 Conference Record – 1:39.38, David Nolan, 2015
  • NCAA “A” Cut – 1:41.88

Stanford and Cal are demonstrating early this meet a clear separation between them and the rest of the conference, especially in swimming. The entire A-final will be made up of 4 Cal and 4 Stanford swimmers, and Cal also holds the 9th-place qualifier in freshman Daniel Carr. In total, the two teams hold 12 of the 16 scoring positions for the final, with Arizona (2), USC (1), and Utah (1) each having a B-finalist as well.

Leading the way for Cal is senior Matthew Josa, a former DII National Champion before transferring to Cal, after a 1:42.08 in the morning. He avoided the ‘soft prelims’ time that bit him last year and left him in the B-Final, instead going a season-best this year on Thursday morning. Defending Pac-12 champion Andrew Seliskar qualified 2nd in 1:42.39, and then there was a time-gap to Curtis Ogren (1:44.25) and National Teamer Abrahm DeVine (1:44.31) as the 3rd-and-4th qualifiers.

While both teams have the same opportunity in finals, as prelims went, Cal would score 77 points in this event, and Stanford would score 63.


  1. Matthew Josa, Cal – 1:42.08
  2. Andrew Seliskar, Cal – 1:42.39
  3. Curtis Ogren, Stanford – 1:44.25
  4. Abrahm DeVine, Stanford – 1:44.31
  5. Trenton Julian, Cal – 1:44.59
  6. Michael Thomas, Cal – 1:44.60
  7. Alex Liang, Stanford – 1:44.81
  8. Jack Walsh, Stanford – 1:44.96

50 Free – Prelims

  • Pac-12 Meet Record – 18.80, Brad Tandy, Arizona, 2014
  • Pac-12 Conference Record – 18.63, Vlad Morozov, USC, 2013
  • NCAA “A” Cut – 19.05

The Cal men made another big leap forward in the 50 free, where they put 4 of their 5 entrants into the A final, and what’s more took 4 of the top 5 spots. Stanford, meanwhile, had just 1 A-finalist – freshman Alberto Mestre, who qualified 6th in 19.51.

Justin Lynch led all qualifiers with a 19.10 in prelims, which beats his previous lifetime best from NCAAs last year by .12 seconds. He was followed by USC’s Santo Condorelli in 19.22. That’s a new lifetime best for the 2016 Canadian Olympian – the first time he’s done so in this event since the 2015 Pac-12 Championships.

Cal’s Pawel Sendyk (19.33), Michael Jensen (19.36), and Ryan Hoffer (19.46) round out the top 5.

Arizona’s Chattham Dobbs (19.52) and USC’s Dylan Carter(19.56) also snuck into the A-final.


  1. Justin Lynch, Cal – 19.10
  2. Santo Condorelli, USC – 19.22
  3. Pawel Sendyk, Cal – 19.33
  4. Michael Jensen, Cal – 19.36
  5. Ryan Hoffer, Cal – 19.46
  6. Alberto Mestre, Stanford – 19.51
  7. Chatham Dobbs, Arizona – 19.52
  8. Dylan Carter, USC – 19.56

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3 years ago

Cal and Stanford taking 15 out 16 spots in the finals in the 500 free and 200 IM.

That’s quite a sweep for those 2 schools.

Reply to  marklewis
3 years ago

The “A” finals of the 500 free and 200 IM.

Steve Swims
3 years ago

This is some serious domination!

tammy touchpad error
3 years ago

Sleepy session besides a few glimmers here and there. Impressed by Trenton Julian. Another Cal fringer who might help put that qualifying number past 18 or even 20… Stanford 50s almost non existent. Most 50s beside Lynch and Santo a little off.

Was hoping to see Hoff go an 18 today but it’s likely going to have to wait till later this month. He’s been a mega taper swimmer his whole career and this year is by far the best he’s ever been in season.

Reply to  tammy touchpad error
3 years ago

I watched him swim his prelims, and he looked like he wasn’t pushing it at all.

So, tonight should be a faster swim.

Reply to  tammy touchpad error
3 years ago

Kao and Xie both added a in their swims, so it’d be great if he picked up the slack. Really hope Lynch can swim his best when it counts this year.

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