2019 Pac-12 Men’s Championships: Day 2 Finals Live Recap

2019 MEN’S PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIPS

The 2019 Pac-12 Men’s Championships continue tonight with finals of the 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free, and 200 free relay. We’ll see a new face on top of the 500 free podium, with 6 of the 8 men in tonight’s final competing as a freshman or sophomore. U.S. National Teamer Abrahm DeVine (Stanford) and Andrew Seliskar (Cal) are among the men to watch in the 200 IM, as is Arizona’s David Schlicht, who had a big swim this morning. The 50 free will feature sprint standouts Pawel Sendyk (Cal), Ryan Hoffer (Cal), and Kyle Grissom (USC), among others.

MEN’S 500 FREE:

  • Pac-12 Meet Record: 4:10.67, Grant Shoults, Stanford, 2017
  • Pac-12 Conference Record: 4:08.92, Jean Basson, Arizona, 2009
  • 2019 NCAA Estimated Qualifying Time: 4:15.44
  1. GOLD: Victor Johansson, USC, 4:13.30
  2. SILVER: Trenton Julian, Cal, 4:13.61
  3. BRONZE: Sean Grieshop, Cal, 4:14.56

Cal’s Trenton Julian set the pace early on and was over 2 seconds ahead of the field at the halfway point. He still led by 2 seconds heading into the final 100, but fell off his pace as USC freshman Victor Johansson ran him down at the finish, 4:13.30 to 4:13.61. That knocked a second of Johansson’s best from prelims and was a lifetime best for Julian by 2 seconds.

A close race for bronze saw Cal’s Sean Grieshop (4:14.56) hold off Arizona’s Brooks Fail (4:14.91). However, neither of them matched Stanford freshman Jack LeVant, who won the B final in 4:14.21. That would have landed him on the podium had he made the championship heat out of prelims. LeVant had qualified 9th, missing out on the top 8 by just 2 tenths.

MEN’S 200 IM:

  • Pac-12 Meet Record: 1:40.07, David Nolan, Stanford, 2015
  • Pac-12 Conference Record: 1:39.38, David Nolan, Stanford, 2015
  • 2019 NCAA Estimated Qualifying Time: 1:43.88
  1. GOLD: Andrew Seliskar, Cal, 1:40.53
  2. SILVER: David Schlicht, Arizona, 1:42.38
  3. BRONZE: Abrahm DeVine, Stanford, 1:42.77

Cal’s Andrew Seliskar was just a tenth shy of his lifetime best tonight, clipping his season best by 2 hundredths as he dominated in 1:40.53. The only time he’s been faster was during the 2018 NCAA Championships, where he put up a 1:40.40. Seliskar was already ahead through the back leg, but really distanced himself from the field with a 28.81 breast split. Arizona freshman David Schlicht also put up a quick breast split (29.20), dropping nearly another second off his best to take 2nd in 1:42.38.

In a close 3-way battle for the final podium spot, Stanford’s Abrahm DeVine held on for the bronze in 1:42.77. Nearly running him down on the freestyle leg were ASU’s Grant House (1:42.83) and Cal’s Mike Thomas (1:42.86). The only other man under 1:44 tonight was Cal’s Daniel Carr (1:43.93).

MEN’S 50 FREE:

  • Pac-12 Meet Record: 18.80, Brad Tandy, Arizona, 2014
  • Pac-12 Conference Record: 18.63, Vlad Morozov, USC, 2013
  • 2019 NCAA Estimated Qualifying Time: 19.35
  1. GOLD: Pawel Sendyk, Cal, 18.83
  2. SILVER: Ryan Hoffer, Cal, 19.12
  3. BRONZE: Michael Jensen, Cal, 19.30

Cal’s Pawel Sendyk took a tenth off his lifetime best, winning in 18.83. Sendyk returns to the top of the podium, having won this event in 2017 and finished 3rd at the 2018 Pac-12 meet. The Bears swept the podium, with Ryan Hoffer notching a season-best 19.13 and Michael Jensen touching 3rd in a season-beat 19.30. USC’s Nikola Miljenic was less than a tenth shy of the podium in 19.35.

MEN’S 200 FREE RELAY:

  • Pac-12 Meet Record: Stanford, 2009, 1:15.54
  • Pac-12 Conference Record: Cal, 2018, 1:14.56
  1. GOLD: Cal, 1:16.43
  2. SILVER: Arizona, 1:17.05
  3. BRONZE: Utah, 1:17.11

The Bears continued their streak of relay wins with a 1:16.43. Pawel Sendyk led them off in 19.11, handing off to Ryan Hoffer (18.81), Michael Jensen (19.03), and Zheng Quah (19.45). Arizona (1:17.05) clipped Utah (1:17.11) in a tight race for 2nd. Zona’s top split was a 19.07 from Thomas Anderson, while the Utes also got a 19.07 as their fastest split from Clay Stoddard.

TEAM SCORES THROUGH DAY 2:

  1. Cal- 342
  2. Stanford- 308
  3. ASU- 248
  4. Arizona- 223
  5. USC- 176
  6. Utah- 169

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Wow
2 years ago

Wish I could watch. Thanks, PAC-12!

Ladymanvol
Reply to  Wow
2 years ago

PAC-12 not too good – SEC BERRY GOOOOOD!

Onii-chan
2 years ago

Sugoi! Anyone else think Johansson-chan is suuuuper kawaii desu-ne?!!!1 he makes my heart go doki doki! uwu

hambone
Reply to  Onii-chan
2 years ago

Totally agree! Wait, no, totally disagree.

A$AP Pocky
Reply to  Onii-chan
2 years ago

Sir this is a Wendy’s

swimmerTX
2 years ago

Seli doing what he dies best

swimmerTX
Reply to  swimmerTX
2 years ago

*does

Austinpoolboy
Reply to  swimmerTX
2 years ago

Seli must be the best all around male talent in college today

Andy
Reply to  swimmerTX
2 years ago

Do you mean Shields?

Bob
2 years ago

Anybody know which teams have fully tampered and rested?

William Wallace
Reply to  Bob
2 years ago

Tampered what specifically?

Bob
Reply to  William Wallace
2 years ago

yardage.

Sccoach
Reply to  Bob
2 years ago

USC

Obear73
2 years ago

Any idea place and time for Nate Biondi in the 50?

hint of lime
Reply to  Obear73
2 years ago

19.72 for Biondi (7th in the A final)

Caeleb Dressel’s Bandana
Reply to  Obear73
2 years ago

What did his dad go again?

longseeker
Reply to  Caeleb Dressel’s Bandana
2 years ago

Cal

Reid
Reply to  Caeleb Dressel’s Bandana
2 years ago

19.15 in 1987. Plus 41.80 in ‘86 and 1:33.03 also in ‘87. At least that’s what he went at Cal, not sure if he beat them after. Pretty remarkable.

JimSwim22
Reply to  Reid
2 years ago

I think Matt was 19.05 in one of the first pro races ever and lost to 19.03 from Jaeger

Blackflag82
Reply to  JimSwim22
2 years ago

I’m not sure of Matt’s best time, but it wasn’t 19.05. Jager’s American record was 19.05 from 1990. Biondi held the American record at 19.15 in ’87, but whether he swam a time between 19.15 and 19.05 idk.

James
Reply to  Blackflag82
2 years ago

Matt Biondi is still to me one of (if not the GOAT) swimmers of all time. Remarkable range (50-200 races, freestyle and butterfly), and also a clutch performer who won when it mattered. Also – he was an elite water polo player at Cal while he was also winning NCAA swimming races left and right. I suppose you could call that cross training, but it is unbelievable that he could be working at an elite level in both sports at the same time like that.

Rick
2 years ago

Looks like Brooks… Failed to beat Sean Grieshop *finger guns*

The michael phelps caterpillar
Reply to  Rick
2 years ago

Comedy gold, my friend.

Swammer
Reply to  Rick
2 years ago

Why’s this getting downvoted? I though it was hilarious

SVIRD
Reply to  Swammer
2 years ago

It’s really not that clever lol

dmswim
Reply to  Swammer
2 years ago

Brooks Fail fans upset that he is the butt of the joke? Just a guess as I found it hilarious as well.

Taa
2 years ago

Sancov is on life support he better bring something tomorrow or his season will end early

Oldswimfan
Reply to  Taa
2 years ago

You mean USC team is on life support? Havent seen them this bad in a while.

Klorn8d
Reply to  Oldswimfan
2 years ago

I think salo is kinda losing his touch. A few fast people here and there (Hansson especially) but USC is just not what it used to be

hambone
2 years ago

The Cal 200 free relay….kinda “meh”

Foreign Embassy
Reply to  hambone
2 years ago

I agree. But also look at their 800 FR last night. Was 4 200fly ncaa finalists. And the #1 or 2 time in the country. That is unreal.

hambone
Reply to  Foreign Embassy
2 years ago

For sure, which is why I was kind of expecting a little more on the 200 FR

Joe
Reply to  hambone
2 years ago

They should do better with Biondi on the end at NCAAs

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