2019 Pac-12 Men’s Championships: Day 1 Finals Live Recap

2019 MEN’S PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIPS

The 2019 Pac-12 Men’s Championships kick off tonight in Federal Way, Washington. Tonight’s session is a quick one with just 2 events: the 200 medley relay and 800 free relay. All diving was contested last week during the women’s meet, so we already have some points on the board. ASU is in the lead, followed by Stanford, while the defending champion Cal Bears are in 5th after diving.

MEN’S 200 MEDLEY RELAY:

  • Pac-12 Record: USC, 2018, 1:21.22
  • Championship Record: Cal, 2017, 1:22.31
  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 1:24.56
  1. GOLD: Cal, 1:23.44
  2. SILVER: USC, 1:23.85
  3. BRONZE: ASU, 1:24.20

Cal (1:23.44) got out to the lead up front as Daniel Carr outsplit ASU’s Zachary Poti 21.30 to 21.47. USC (1:23.85) was nearly a second behind after the back leg, but Carsten Vissering came up big with a 22.87 to put the Trojans in position to challenge Cal, who got a 23.62 from Reece Whitley, and ASU, who got a 23.43 from Elijah Warren. The Bears got the fastest fly split of the field with Pawel Sendyk‘s 19.92, and Ryan Hoffer sealed the deal with an 18.60 anchor split. The Trojans were close on the back end as well, with Kyle Grissom posting a 20.07 on the fly and Nikola Miljenic posting an 18.65 anchor.

ASU (1:24.20) wound up 3rd, with in-state rival Arizona (1:24.69) just off the podium at 4th. The Wildcats got a 19.96 on the fly split from Chatham Dobbs. Stanford (1:24.71) was just 2 hundredths back in 5th place, getting a 23.48 split from Matt Anderson on breast and a 20.05 from Abrahm DeVine on fly.

Utah’s A and B relays were both disqualified, as was Arizona’s B relay. The Utes’ A relay and Wildcats’ B relay were disqualified for an early start on the anchor, while Utah’s B had an early jump on the 2nd leg.

MEN’S 800 FREE RELAY:

  • Pac-12 Record: USC, 2013, 6:09.54
  • Championship Record: Cal, 2017, 6:12.07
  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 6:18.46
  1. GOLD: Cal, 6:10.94
  2. SILVER: Stanford, 6:15.35
  3. BRONZE: Arizona, 6:17.45

Cal swept tonight’s relays, taking the 800 free relay in record-setting fashion. Zheng Quah got them started with a 1:33.75, handing off to Andrew Seliskar for a blistering 1:30.37 on the 2nd leg. Trenton Julian came through with a 1:33.66 on the 3rd leg, while Mike Thomas brought it home in 1:33.16. Their 6:10.94 is a new Pac-12 Championship Record.

Stanford (6:15.35) picked up 2nd with a pair of 1:33s from Jack LeVant (1:33.04) and James Murphy (1:33.20) on the 2nd and 4th legs respectively. Jorge Iga‘s 1:33.40 leadoff helped Arizona (6:17.45) to bronze. ASU (6:18.07) was just off the podium but had the fastest opening split of any team with Grant House‘s 1:32.38.

TEAM SCORES THROUGH DAY 1:

  1. ASU- 187
  2. Stanford- 160
  3. Cal- 137
  4. Arizona- 129
  5. USC- 99 (T-5)
  6. Utah- 99 (T-5)

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Coach Mike
3 years ago

Anyone think Cal’s 200MR would have been a little quicker? Probably partial rest/no shave for most guys who already have cuts?

Dunc1952
3 years ago

Re: ASU 4×200 relay. Do you know why ASU swam Luc (split today 1:35.24, season best 1:37.89, #6 on ASU season list) and Zuyus (split today 1:36.33, season best 1:38.44, #7 on season list)? That meant they didn’t use Bressette (season best flat start 1:35.19, 2nd on ASU season list),Bybee (season best flat start 1:35.45, 3rd on ASU season list) or Nick Carlson (season best 1:37.53). Further, Bressette and Bybee split 1:34.88 and 1:34.78, respectively, on the ASU relay at the November, 2018 Indiana Invitational . Also unused was Ben Olszewski, who was 1:35.41 rolling start as part of an “A” cut ASU relay at the Texas HOF Invite 11/29/17 and then 1:35.91 at the aforementioned Indiana Invite. Luc and… Read more »

Book it!
Reply to  Dunc1952
3 years ago

Bybee & Bresette are ill and most likely finished for the season.

Book it!
Reply to  Book it!
3 years ago

Also… Nick Carlson was injured, but still swimming.

swamerinlane9
Reply to  Book it!
3 years ago

one of the swimmers got bit by a pitbull and several are sick. Zach had a fever the night before but still split a 21 on their med relay

Dunc1952
Reply to  swamerinlane9
3 years ago

Thank you, Book It! and SwimmerInLane9. Sorry to hear about Cody, Liam and Nick being ill or injured, but It sure makes the pieces fit together better for those of us who weren’t there, or in contact with someone who was, to understand what was going on. At least it was great to have the effective depth in Zyus and Luc to support the tremendous PBs from House and Swift, well enough for the team effort to still produce the A cut, along with the 200 Medley Relay A cut earlier that night. I was particularly heartened to see the clutch legs — especially in terms of their relay take-offs — from Warren and Fonder, Way to go Sun Devils.… Read more »

Book it!
Reply to  Dunc1952
3 years ago

News flash…. this just in, Cody and Liam may swim at NCAA’s for relays, but will be tough after not being in the water for 3 weeks!

Pvdh
3 years ago

Seli flexing on em

DragonSwim
Reply to  Pvdh
3 years ago

Prepping for that 1:28 at NCs?!?!

Ladymanvol
Reply to  DragonSwim
3 years ago

will get schooled by Dean Farris who will break 1:25

SWOLF
3 years ago

Karl the GOAT!

Oldswimfan
3 years ago

Did Pat Mulcare do Backstroke in the 800 Free Relay? 1:39???

Random123
Reply to  Oldswimfan
3 years ago

22.26 lead off on the medley too

Real
3 years ago

Did Patrick Mulcare get hit by a bus or something??

Bus
Reply to  Real
3 years ago

Thanks for the mention

JP input is too short
Reply to  Real
3 years ago

He appears to have a rather full beard. I’m guess not tapered.

Small bird
3 years ago

Dumb question: are pac-12 records inclusive of swims from NCAAs? So that would be fastest cal has ever been?

RenéDescartes
Reply to  Small bird
3 years ago

6:09.56 Long Gutierrez/Andrew Seliskar/Michael Jensen/Ryan Murphy (2017)

Troji
Reply to  Small bird
3 years ago

Yes, but that old PAC 12 record is wrong. I’m fairly certain USC went 6:10 in ‘17??

Admin
Reply to  Troji
3 years ago

The conference record is a 6:09.56 that Cal swam at NCAAs in 2017. USC was 6:10.97 at that same meet. Results are wrong.

Waterbear13
3 years ago

WOOHOO!!! Karl Arvidsson with the 1:52.80 200 Breast!! A cut for the Cal Legacy.

Jay ryan
Reply to  Waterbear13
3 years ago

Roll on!

joe
Reply to  Waterbear13
3 years ago

Wow great swim, that’s a huge drop

Reid
Reply to  joe
3 years ago

Wow. Any other TT results?

h2olover
Reply to  Waterbear13
3 years ago

Braden, has Karl’s 200 breast time been confirmed?

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