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

2019 Men’s Pac-12 Conference Championships

The California Golden Bears have momentum on their side heading into today’s preliminary heats after sweeping both of the relays last night – not to mention two top seeds with Andrew Seliskar in the 200 IM and Pawel Sendyk in the 50 free. Yesterday, Seliskar posted the second fastest 200 free from a rolling-start in NCAA history; watch for him to have a big meet this weekend.

Historically speaking, the Stanford men dominate the 500. Although they’re poised to pick up big here, the field is a lot more wide-open this year. Arizona sophomore Brooks Fail comes in as the top seed, followed by Cardinal freshman Jack LeVant.

Arizona State currently holds a 27 point lead in the team standings – primarily due to diving points – over second place Stanford. Cal is currently 23 points behind Stanford for third.

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
  • 2019 NCAA Estimated Qualifying Time: 4:15.44

Last year, Stanford put five guys in the A-Final, and took three out of the top four spots the year before that. This year, however, a change of the guard is being lead by USC freshman Victor Johansson, who took the top spot in the heats with his 4:14.52. Cal also picked up big with three A-finalists out of Trenton Julian, Sean Grieshop, and Nick Norman.

Arizona sophomore Brooks Fail secured his soon-to-be first time appearance in a Pac-12 final, as he didn’t make the Arizona roster last year, but qualified for NCAAs in the 500 at a time trial. He finished fourth with a 4:15.99.

Stanford did still get in three guys in the Championship final: sophomores Johannes Calloni and Matthew Hirschberger, along with junior James Murphy finished fifth through seventh.


  1. Victor Johansson, USC – 4:14.52
  2. Trenton Julian, Cal – 4:15.01
  3. Sean Grieshop, Cal – 4:15.96
  4. Brooks Fail, Arizona – 4:15.99
  5. Johannes Calloni, Stanford – 4:16.09
  6. Matthew Hirschberger, Stanford – 4:16.41
  7. James Murphy, Stanford – 4:16.88
  8. Nick Norman, Cal – 4:17.80

Men’s 200 IM – Prelims

  • 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

Arizona freshman David Schlicht, who was a mid-season addition to the Wildcat roster from Australia, dropped a whopping three seconds off of his entry time to finish first in the heats of the 200 IM with his 1:43.12.

Just like in the 500, Cal and Stanford both got three in. Mike Thomas and Andrew Seliskar lead the way for Cal, finishing second and third in the prelims. Abrahm DeVine and Brennan Pastorek occupy the fifth and six spots heading into tonight.

Sophomore Grant House put ASU in their first individual championship final, touching fourth this morning with a 1:43.97.


  1. David Schlicht, Arizona – 1:43.12
  2. Mike Thomas, Cal – 1:43.87
  3. Andrew Seliskar, Cal – 1:43.93
  4. Grant House, ASU – 1:43.97
  5. Abrahm DeVine, Stanford – 1:43.98
  6. Brennan Pastorek, Stanford – 1:44.18
  7. Daniel Carr, Cal – 1:44.29
  8. Alex Liang, Stanford – 1:44.38

Men’s 50 Free – Prelims

  • 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

The California Bears rolled on to claim the top four spots in the preliminary session of the men’s 50 free. Leading the way is Pawel Sendyk, the fastest returner from last year’s meet, at 19.09. Touching behind him was Ryan Hoffer (19.38), Michael Jensen (19.55), and sophomore Nate Biondi (19.56), who just posted a lifetime best in last night’s time trial at 19.47.

USC locked in two swimmers for tonight’s A-Final – Senior Kyle Grissom and sophomore Nikola Miljenic finished fifth and sixth, respectively.

Utah senior Austin Phillips secured the Utes’s first individual finalist in the top eight, placing seventh with his 19.61.


  1. Pawel Sendyk, Cal – 19.09
  2. Ryan Hoffer, Cal – 19.38
  3. Michael Jensen, Cal – 19.55
  4. Nate Biondi, Cal – 19.56
  5. Kyle Grissom, USC – 19.57
  6. Nikola Miljenic, USC – 19.59
  7. Austin Phillips, Utah – 19.61
  8. Brad Zdroik, Stanford – 19.62

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BBQ Billy
4 years ago

So where are the results from prelims??????

Reply to  BBQ Billy
4 years ago

I don’t understand your question…

4 years ago

From what I remember, seli usually goes for it in prelims, so I’m surprised to see him go a 1:43.9. Could we see a potential 1:39 tonight?

4 years ago

What’s up with Mulcare.

Reply to  Snarky
4 years ago

It’s called this thing, “swimming through the meet”, a lot of elite swimmers do it at lesser conference meets.

Reply to  Swimnerd
4 years ago

Usually you don’t seem like you got hit by a truck quite this much

Swimmer 2
Reply to  And
4 years ago

Man, he got hit by a bus last night and a truck this morning, what are the odds?

The Wolf of Raleigh
Reply to  Swimnerd
4 years ago

The majority of the NC State men were “swimming through the meet” but didn’t go anywhere that slow. Something must be wrong.

Reply to  The Wolf of Raleigh
4 years ago

Some athletes are taper athletes

Reply to  Swimnerd
4 years ago

Haha, it’s “training through the meet”. Everyone at a swim meet is hopefully swimming through it. If you’re going to be condescending at least get the phrase correct. And he can’t be training 100% with NCAA’s less than 3 weeks out. For being a “swim nerd” you don’t know much.

Reply to  Snarky
4 years ago

Baka! Mulcare-senpai is only using 0.001% of his power! The last time Salo-sensei let him go above 4%, he instantly mastered Ultra Instinct, achieved Godhood, and caused a mass extinction from his power if his aura alone. That’s why we don’t have dinosaurs anymore. Smh tbh fam desu OwO

4 years ago

Seemingly Cal has no weak events.

4 years ago

Woah, huge 50 free for Cal, grabbing the top 4 spots. Glad to see Nate Biondi swimming well.

Reply to  SVIRD
4 years ago

obviously all-time pedigree. -But really cool to see a guy come in with decent times and make drops every year -and potentially swim 2 years at an elite level. Good for him, can’t fake time drops like that

Reply to  sscommenter
4 years ago

Remember when folks were criticizing that Cal would even offer a LOI to Biondi out of high school? They said he only got it based off of his last name. He seems to be holding up his end of the bargain well.

Reply to  SVIRD
4 years ago

Agreed on Nate Biondi…1/2 second drop in his PB time is no small accomplishment in something like the 50 y free. He’s closing in on his Dad’s times….which still hold up even 30 years later.

Human Ambition
Reply to  James
4 years ago

Also second generation Arvidsson is very good at 1:52 200 BR

Reply to  SVIRD
4 years ago


4 years ago

Is it just me or are these 500 free times pretty slow? Lots of added time vs seed.

Just Saying
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4 years ago


Reply to  SVIRD
4 years ago

PAC12 seems about equal to the depth now found in the SEC, ACC and BIG10. When you compare times needed to make the A, B and C finals, the big 4 conferences are surprisingly similar. The PAC12 used to be deeper and faster, but now there is pretty much par among these 4 conferences. If anything, the PAC12 is weaker at the bottom, but also has fewer participating schools.
Time to make top 8, 16, 24
50 Free:
SEC 19.49 19.76 19.95
ACC 19.56 19.80 20.01
BIG10 19.52 19.71 19.83
PAC12 19.62 20.01 20.20

200 IM:
SEC 1:44.84 1:45.71 1:46.47
ACC 1:44.34 1:45.97 1:47.24
BIG10 1:44.83 1:45.88 1:47.41
PAC12 1:44.38… Read more »

Reply to  Wahooswimfan
4 years ago

It’s worth adding how many schools are in each conference too:

PAC 12 – 6
BIG 10 – 10
ACC – 11 (+ Miami diving only)
SEC – 10

Swim Addict
4 years ago

I’m just here for seli

Reply to  Swim Addict
4 years ago

Yeah based on last night he will be putting on a show.

4 years ago

Even if it was suited, interesting to still see Jean Basson’s name up there. Him, Neethling and Schoeman were so good for AZ back in the day. There was a very real RSA -> UA connection during the Busch years.

PK Doesn't Like His Long Name
Reply to  Riley
4 years ago

Plus Ferns and Townsend! That entire relay went to U of A at one point or another.