Arizona and Arizona State will continue to battle for 3rd, but diving gives the Sun Devils a big advantage. USC looks to make up some ground in the battle for 3rd and have much more scoring potential tonight than they did in day 2 finals. Archive photo via Mike Lewis/Ola Vista Photography
For those unfamiliar with swimming terminology, the concept of “Ups” and “Downs” is a good way to track which teams performed best at prelims. In prelims, swimmers qualify for one of three finals heats: the top 8 finishers make the A final, places 9 through 16 the B final and places 17 through 24 the C final. In finals, swimmers are locked into their respective final, meaning a swimmer in the B heat (spots 9-16) can only place as high as 9th or as low as 16th, even if they put up the fastest or slowest time of any heat in the final.
With that in mind, we’ll be tracking “Ups,” “Mids” and “Downs” after each prelims session. “Up” refers to swimmers in the A final, “Mid” to swimmers in the B final and “Down” to swimmers in the C final.
We’re back with day 3 of the 2018 Pac-12 Championships in Federal Way, Washington. Swimmers competed individually this morning in the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, and 100 back. Stanford and Cal should maintain their 1st and 2nd positions respectively. Arizona and Arizona State will continue to battle for 3rd, but diving gives the Sun Devils a big advantage. USC looks to make up some ground in the battle for 3rd and have much more scoring potential tonight than they did in day 2 finals.
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