2020 Men’s Pac-12 Championships: Day 1 Finals Live Recap

2020 MEN’S PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIPS

The first swimming events of the men’s 2020 Pac-12 Championships take place tonight, with swimmers competing in the 800 free relay and 400 medley relay. USC comes in with a lead as the diving events were completed last week. You can read about the current scores after diving here. Cal, the 2-time defending Pac-12 and reigning NCAA Champions, will defend their titles in both relays.

There are a few swimmers entered in time trials tonight, including Cal’s Hugo Gonzalez. There’s a chance he’ll drop out, since he’s possibly already qualified for NCAAs in the 400 IM even ahead of this meet. However, he may be swimming it in order to drop that event from his Pac-12 schedule on Saturday in favor of the 200 back. Gonzalez could be toying with the idea of swimming the 200 breast instead of the 200 back at NCAAs.

MEN’S 800 FREE RELAY

  • Pac-12 Record: Cal, 2019, 6:07.31
  • Meet Record: Cal, 2019, 6:10.94
  • NCAA Record: Texas, 2019, 6:05.08
  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 6:17.18
  • 200 Free 2019 NCAA Invite: 1:34.21
  • 200 Free ‘A’ Cut: 1:32.05
  • 2019 Champion: Cal – 6:10.94
  1. GOLD: Cal, 6:11.47
  2. SILVER: ASU, 6:12.17
  3. BRONZE: Arizona, 6:14.80

It was a tight race at the start as Cal’s Zheng Quah (1:33.31), ASU’s Jack Dolan (1:33.33), and Arizona’s Daniel Namir (1:33.66) all lead off in 1:33s. That was a lifetime best for Quah by about 4 tenths. Dolan, a freshman, dropped over a second, and Namir shaved a couple of tenths off his best.

ASU took the lead on the 2nd leg as Carter Swift split a 1:32.65. Jorge Iga split a 1:32.97 fro the Wildcats to pull them into 2nd, while Bryce Mefford split a 1:33.44 for Cal. Daniel Carr battled back with a 1:32.48 to take the lead for Cal. Trenton Julian anchored them to seal the win in 1:32.24. The Bears posted a 6:11.47 for the gold.

ASU held on for silver in 6:12.17, with Cody Bybee anchoring in 1:32.79. Arizona (6:14.80) took the bronze as Brooks Fail anchored in 1:34.16. Stanford (6:15.79) was 4th after Jack Levant‘s 1:33.57 on the 2nd leg and Grant Shoults‘ 1:32.48 anchor. USC’s Alexei Sancov led off in 1:34.20, The Trojans (6:21.40) rounded out the top 5 ahead of Utah (6:26.49). Freshman Finn O’Haimhirgin led off the Utes in a lifetime best 1:36.40.

MEN’S 400 MEDLEY RELAY

  • Pac-12 Record: Cal, 2017, 3:01.51
  • Meet Record: Cal, 2009, 3:03.30
  • NCAA Record: Texas, 2017, 2:59.22
  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 3:05.95
  • 100 Back 2019 NCAA Invite: 46.06
  • 100 Back ‘A’ Cut: 44.95
  • 2019 Champion: Cal, 3:04.09
  1. GOLD: Stanford, 3:06.81
  2. SILVER: Utah, 3:07.49
  3. BRONZE: Arizona, 3:08.04

**UPDATE: Cal and Arizona State, after initially touching 1st and 2nd, were disqualified.**

Cal appeared to take down an 11-year-old Meet Record to defend their title in 3:02.85. Ethan Young led them off in 46.05, clipping his lifetime best to move up to #25 in the NCAA this season. That swim stands as the disqualification occurred later on. Reece Whitley followed with a 50.65 breast split. Ryan Hoffer swam a 44.59 on the fly, and Pawel Sendyk anchored in 41.56. They were ultimately disqualified for an early takeoff on the fly leg.

ASU had appeared to take silver, but were also disqualified, with reigning 100 back champion Zach Poti leading off in 44.93. That tied his lifetime best from 2019 Pac-12s and makes him the 7th-ranked man in the NCAA. Since they were disqualified, like Cal, for an early takeoff on the fly, Poti’s swim will not be nullified. Teammate Carter Swift had anchored in 41.39.

Stanford took the gold with their 3:06.81, highlighted by Hank Poppe‘s 51.33 breast split that moved them ahead of Arizona (3:08.04). Utah (3:07.49) was 2nd with a 42.07 anchor from Liam O’Haimhirgin to swim past Zona.

The Wildcats (3:08.01) took bronze, with Noah Reid posting a 45.31 on the fly. Notably, Sam Iida had their fastest breast split (52.72) from the C relay. USC’s Nikola Miljenic had the fastest split of the non-disqualified teams as he anchored in 41.89. The Trojans put up a 3:09.56 for 4th.

TEAM SCORES THROUGH DAY 1

Cal and ASU came into the meet with a deficit to make up. With the relay DQs, they’ll have to make that up on day 2. ASU is currently in 5th, while Cal is in 6th. This could wind up impacting the team race, as things could potentially be tight between Stanford, Arizona, and ASU later on. USC holds their lead through day 1, just 4 points ahead of Stanford.

  1. USC 167
  2. Stanford 163
  3. Arizona 159
  4. Utah 134
  5. ASU 81
  6. Cal 68

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Michael Andrew Wilson

Cal much faster than midseason in Minnesota in that 800 relay

CALSTUDENT

Hugo Gonzalez with a 1:51.63 in the 200y breaststroke time trial! Should be 4th fastest time in the country so far this year.

Onehandtoucher

What was Karl?

Jay Ryan

1:53.0 for Karl

Pac12

Where do you find time trials results?

CALSTUDENT

I was watching the 5 minute previews on Pac-12’s website. Switched to a different browser when that was up. So, I didn’t catch a lot of the results.

AJW

1:51 for Hugo 200 breast time trial. He’s back

Oldbay

Bodes well for his 400 IM

h2olover

Wow. Does he swim 200 breast in place of 200 back? BTW, that 1:51.63 is his first qualifying time for NCAAs.

Joe

Yeah I think he would. 200 back has two guys who just went 1:37. He and Reece could go 1-2 in the two breast.

CALSTUDENT

I think it would be good to wait and see what Carr and Mefford have in store. Backstroke group looks not bad. Freshman Sebastian Somerset time trial’d the 200 back and went 1:42. I don’t know his times too well, but that has to be a pretty solid time improvement for him.

AJW

Pretty sure Sebastian is Canadian, so not many yards times.

Bub

No way they go 1-2 with max mchugh there.

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