2019 Pac-12 Men’s Championships: Day 3 Finals Live Recap


Tonight’s finals at the 2019 Pac-12 Men’s Championships will feature the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, and 400 free relay. Look out for Cal’s Andrew Seliskar, the Pac-12 Record holder in the 200 free. The men’s 400 IM could be a close one between a handful of swimmers, as 2018 Pac-12 champ Seliskar won’t be swimming the event and reigning NCAA champ/Pac-12 Record holder Abrahm DeVine of Stanford will be swimming in the B final. USC’s Carsten Vissering, the 2017 Pac-12 100 breast champion, will battle Cal freshman standout Reece Whitley in the 100 breast.

MEN’S 400 IM:

  • Championship Record: Andrew Seliskar (Cal), 2018, 3:38.65
  • Pac-12 Record: Abrahm DeVine (Stanford), 2018, 3:35.29
  • Estimated NCAA Invite: 3:43.81
  1. GOLD: Mike Thomas, Cal, 3:39.83
  2. SILVER: David Schlicht, Arizona, 3:40.14
  3. BRONZE: Sean Grieshop, Cal, 3:41.17

Cal’s Mike Thomas was leading by over a second at the halfway mark, when Arizona freshman David Schlicht began to close the gap on breaststroke. By the end of the breast leg, Schlicht led Thomas, but Thomas (3:39.83) dropped the hammer on the freestyle leg to clip Schlicht (3:40.14) at the finish. That was another 2-second drop for Schlicht, while Thomas recorded his 2nd ever sub-3:40 swim. The only time he’s been faster was at 2018 NCAAs, where he swam his lifetime best 3:37.75.

Cal’s Sean Grieshop used his closing freestyle speed to run down Arizona’s Etay Gurevich (3:42.47) in the race for bronze. Grieshop took nearly a second off his lifetime best in 3:41.17.

Stanford’s Alex Liang was just a couple of tenths shy of his best time in 3:43.10 for 5th. His teammate Abrahm DeVine, the reigning NCAA champion in this event, won the B final in a 3:43.42 that would have landed 6th in the championship heat.

MEN’S 100 FLY:

  • Championship Record: Austin Staab (Stanford), 2009, 44.66
  • Pac-12 Record: Austin Staab (Stanford), 2009, 44.18
  • Estimated NCAA Invite: 45.86
  1. GOLD: Zheng Quah, Cal, 45.13
  2. SILVER: Pawel Sendyk, Cal, 45.46
  3. BRONZE: Chatham Dobbs, Arizona, 45.49

Cal’s Zheng Quah put up his fastest time since 2017 NCAAs to win his first of two races tonight. Quah and teammate Pawel Sendyk were tied at the 50-mark in 20.95, but Quah pulled away on the back half to win in 45.13. That was his 2nd fastest performance ever, while Sendyk broke 46 for the first time. Coming into this meet, Sendyk’s best was also from 2017 NCAAs, and he dropped nearly a full second throughout prelims and finals.

Arizona’s Chatham Dobbs, who will also be swimming in the 100 back final, was just a tenth shy of his best to take bronze in 45.49. Cal’s Ryan Hoffer was out in 3rd, but wasn’t able to hold off Dobbs on the back half as he finished just off the podium in 45.60. USC’s Alex Valente also came in under 46, clipping his best from December to take 5th in 45.80.


  • Championship Record: Cameron Craig (ASU), 2017, 1:31.71
  • Pac-12 Record: Andrew Seliskar (Cal), 2018, 1:30.86
  • Estimated NCAA Invite: 1:34.06
  1. GOLD: Andrew Seliskar, Cal, 1:31.07
  2. SILVER: Grant House, ASU, 1:32.47
  3. BRONZE: Jorge Iga, Arizona, 1:32.91

Cal’s Andrew Seliskar knocked over half a second off the Championship Record as he dominated this race. He was out in a quick 43.95 and back in a 47.12 as he clocked the 11th fastest performance in history at 1:31.07. That’s just a couple of tenths behind his lifetime best, which stands as a 1:30.86 from the UGA Fall Invitational in December.

Arizona State’s Grant House had the fastest closing 50 (23.80) as he moved ahead of Arizona’s Jorge Iga for silver, 1:32.47 to 1:32.91. House was almost a second faster than his lifetime best coming into the meet. However, he was slightly faster on Wednesday night with a 1:32.38 relay leadoff. Iga broke 1:33 for the first time as he took bronze.

Cal’s Trenton Julian (1:34.37), the 500 free runner-up, was slightly off his best time from prelims, but won a close race with Stanford freshman Jack LeVant (1:34.60) as they rounded out the top 5. The 5th fastest time of the night came out of the B final, though, as the Cardinal’s James Murphy won that heat in 1:34.47. That was a best time for Murphy by a tenth.


  • Championship Record: Kevin Cordes (Arizona), 2014, 51.23
  • Pac-12 Record: Kevin Cordes (Arizona), 2014, 50.04
  • Estimated NCAA Invite: 52.62
  1. GOLD: Carsten Vissering, USC, 50.78
  2. SILVER: Reece Whitley, Cal, 51.38
  3. BRONZE: Matt Anderson, Stanford, 52.18

Another Championship Record fell, this time at the hands of USC’s Carsten Vissering. He led the field from start to finish, distancing himself from Cal freshman Reece Whitley on the back half to win it in 50.78. Vissering returns to the top of the podium, having won this event in 2017 before finishing as the runner-up last season. The was a best by a tenth and his 2nd time ever swimming under 51. He’s now the 6th fastest performer of all time.

Whitley finished 2nd in 51.38, clipping his season best and clocking his 2nd fastest swim ever behind his 51.16 from February 2018. Stanford’s Matt Anderson (52.18) was just a nail shy of his best time, which he set back in December, as he out-touched USC’s Mario Koenigsperger (52.22) for bronze. That was a best by Koenigsperger by 3 tenths.

The Cardinal’s Hank Poppe, who set his lifetime best 52.19 in time trials Wednesday night, took 5th in 52.53. Cal’s Karl Arvidsson, who also impressed in those time trials with an ‘A’ cut in the 200 breast, was close behind in a lifetime best 52.68 for 6th place.


  • Championship Record: Ryan Murphy (Cal), 2017, 44.76
  • Pac-12 Record: Ryan Murphy (Cal), 2016, 43.49
  • Estimated NCAA Invite: 46.08
  1. GOLD: Zachary Poti, ASU, 44.93
  2. SILVER: Daniel Carr, Cal, 45.64
  3. BRONZE: Chatham Dobbs, Arizona, 45.77

ASU’s Zachary Poti cracked 45 for the first time, dropping half a second as he narrowly missed Ryan Murphy’s Championship Record. Poti took the lead early on, flipping in 21.52 en route to his 44.93 victory.

Arizona’s Chatham Dobbs, who finished 3rd in the 100 fly earlier, picked up another bronze in 45.77. Dobbs was the only man aside from Poti to take it out sub-22 (21.91), but Cal’s Daniel Carr (45.64) ran him down to clip him at the finish. That was a season best for both Carr and Dobbs.

There were 2 more swimmers to break 46 tonight. Arizona’s Thomas Anderson (45.97) was within a tenth of his lifetime best from prelims as he held off Cal’s Bryce Mefford (45.98) by a hundredth at the finish. Cal’s 100 fly champ Zheng Quah returned for his 2nd final of the night, taking 8th in 47.06.


  • Championship Record: Cal, 2009, 3:03.30
  • Pac-12 Record: Cal, 2015, 3:01.60
  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 3:06.78
  1. GOLD: Cal, 3:04.07
  2. SILVER: USC, 3:04.62
  3. BRONZE: Arizona, 3:06.61

ASU (3:07.34) got out to the lead as 100 back champ Zachary Poti led off in 45.24. Cal (3:04.07) and USC (3:04.62) moved ahead of them on the breast leg, though, as Reece Whitley turned in a 51.91 for Cal and USC’s 100 breast champ Carsten Vissering came through with a 50.86 split.

On the back half, 200 free champion Andrew Seliskar put up a 44.80 to Alex Valente‘s 45.30, helping the Bears secure a lead. USC’s Nikola Miljenic had the fastest anchor leg in 41.66, but they came up short as Cal closed with Michael Jensen (41.77).

Arizona (3:06.61) and Stanford (3:06.89) had a close race for bronze. Matt Anderson split a 51.98 on the breast leg to move the Cardinal ahead, but the Wildcats’ came back on the final leg as Jorge Iga turned in a 42.04 anchor split.

Team Scores After Day 3

  1. Cal – 644
  2. Stanford – 499
  3. Arizona – 410
  4. Arizona State – 359
  5. USC – 278
  6. Utah – 240

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NM Coach
3 years ago

Where are the team scores posted?

Reply to  NM Coach
3 years ago

They are on meet mobile

3 years ago

Team scores would have been a nice addition to this article…

3 years ago

tfw Vissering-senpai will never crush your head in between his powerful, girthy thighs while sprinkling pre-workout over your writhing body. Why even live??

3 years ago

Arizona’s instagram live has been clutch

Head Underwater
3 years ago

How they don’t have splits on the live results is a crime

3 years ago

1:31:07 is quick and with seli’s conference to ncaa time changes it’s hard to say he’ll be much faster but he should at least be 1:29.9. I hope faster. I really want to see townley and seli push each other through 2020 in the 200 free.

3 years ago

It pains me to these these PAC 12 Meets in Washington state with no UW.

Reply to  2Fat4Speed
3 years ago

when was the last time they had a team?

Reply to  Swimming4silver
3 years ago


Jay ryan
Reply to  Swimming4silver
3 years ago

They cut both men’s and women’s programs in 2009. They were good when they cut them. I recall Scott Spansail taking third in the NCAA 1650 at 14:35 as a junior in 2009. When they cut the team he retired rather then transferring to a new school. Since most UW students liked it there, very few of the underclassmen transferred out. One was Patrick Penoyar who was IU’s breaststroker as an upper classman. According to a former UW flyer who swam with my Masters team, they had a 6 lane pool and felt they couldn’t keep the programs competitive. It is a bummer when a great school like tUW makes these decisions.

Reply to  Jay ryan
3 years ago

They trained at Federal Way a lot. Could have had that pool near campus in 1990 if they had played politics better

Jay ryan
Reply to  JimSwim22
3 years ago

Yeah. In the days of Title IX, swimming needs foundational support with a focused advocacy within the campus community. Just supporting athletics in the name of swimming does not do it. Endowments need to be controlled by dedicated councils within the athletic department lest funds get appropriated to put out financial “fires” or promote other “cause celeb” amidst changing University priorities.

Jay ryan
Reply to  Jay ryan
3 years ago

Oops. I looked it up. Spansail was a SR in 2009. Great tradition there. Rick Collele, Jack Medica, Doug Northway, Rick Demont, Robin Backhaus, Ariana Kukors, etc

Hint of Lime
3 years ago

1:31.07 from Seli!

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