2020 Men’s Pac-12 Championships: Day 2 Prelims Live Recap

2020 MEN’S PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIPS

The first individual races of the 2020 men’s Pac-12 Championships take place this morning, as swimmers gear up for prelims of the 500 free, 200 IM, and 50 free. Reigning champion Victor Johansson returns after winning the 500 free as a freshman for USC, but 2-time Pac-12 champion Grant Shoults of Stanford is back after taking a redshirt last season.

The 50 free will feature reigning NCAA Champion Ryan Hoffer (Cal) and teammate Pawel Sendyk, the reigning Pac-12 champion. Cal’s Reece Whitley and USC’s Alexei Sancov are the only Pac-12 men to have broken 1:44 in the 200 IM this season and lead the way into the heats.

While the women’s meet held prelims at 10:30 a.m., the men’s meet this week will start the heats at 11 a.m. each morning.

MEN’S 500 FREE

  • Pac-12 Record: Jean Basson (Arizona), 2009, 4:08.92
  • Meet Record: Grant Shoults (Stanford), 2017, 4:10.67
  • NCAA Record: Kieran Smith (Florida), 2020, 4:06.32
  • 2019 NCAA Invited: 4:16.04
  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 4:11.82
  • 2019 Champion: Victor Johansson, USC, 4:13.30

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS

  1. Grant Shoults, Stanford, 4:15.32
  2. Julian Hill, ASU, 4:15.62
  3. Brooks Fail, Arizona, 4:15.80
  4. Trenton Julian, Cal, 4:16.44
  5. Ben Olszewski, ASU, 4:17.30
  6. Calvin David, Cal, 4:17.98
  7. Sean Grieshop, Cal, 4:17.99
  8. Liam Bresette, ASU, 4:18.04

Stanford’s Grant Shoults, a 2-time champion in this event, led the heats in 4:15.32. Though he’s their only finalist, the Cardinal will get plenty of points with 5 in the B final. Jack LeVant was just a couple of tenths shy of making the top 8 in 4:18.29. Arizona’s Brooks Fail, the fastest man in the Pac-12 this season, will challenge tonight after putting up a 4:15.80. Teammate Daniel Namir (4:19.89) broke 4:20 for the first time to qualify for the B final.

ASU freshman Julian Hill had a breakthrough swim with his first best time since 2018. Hill dropped 3 seconds for a 4:15.62 behind Shoults. Teammate Ben Olszewski swam a lifetime best 4:17.30 for 4th. They’ll have 3 in the final with Liam Bresette dropping 2 seconds to take 8th in 4:18.04. Freshman Andrew Gray also made a huge drop, breaking 4:20 for the first time in 4:18.75 to qualify 13th.

Cal also got 3 in, led by Trenton Julian (4:16.44) in 4th. Freshman Calvin David dropped over a second to take 6th in 4:17.98, just a hundredth ahead of teammate Sean Grieshop.

Utah’s Rahiti De Vos (4:18.11) was hundredths shy of the top 8. USC’s Victor Johansson, the 2019 champion, won’t swim tonight as he swam a 4:31.39 to place 34th in the heats.

MEN’S 200 IM

  • Pac-12 Record: Andrew Seliskar (Cal), 2019, 1:38.14
  • Meet Record: David Nolan (Stanford), 2015, 1:40.07
  • NCAA Record: Caeleb Dressel (Florida), 2018, 1:38.13
  • 2019 NCAA Invited: 1:43.82
  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 1:41.34
  • 2019 Champion: Andrew Seliskar, Cal, 1:40.53

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS

  1. Daniel Carr, Cal, 1:42.15
  2. Zheng Quah, Cal, 1:43.78
  3. Brennan Pastorek, Stanford, 1:44.41
  4. Bryce Mefford, Cal, 1:44.47
  5. Alex Liang, Stanford, 1:44.49
  6. Reece Whitley, Cal, 1:44.53
  7. Etay Gurevich, Arizona, 1:44.57
  8. Sam Iida, Arizona, 1:44.68

Cal’s Hugo Gonzalez, one of the favorites for the title, was disqualified for a false start after touching in 1:43.03. Gonzalez was the 7th seed coming in. Despite the DQ, Cal will still have 4 men in the A final. Daniel Carr led the way with a lifetime best 1:42.15. Teammate Zheng Quah was the only other swimmer under 1:44. Bryce Mefford (1:44.47) was 4th and Reece Whitley (1:44.53), the top seed coming in, was 6th. Freshman Jason Louser was 11th, breaking 1:46 for the first time in 1:45.47.

Arizona’s Thomas Anderson, the 3rd seed, was disqualified for over-rotating on his back-to-breast turn. He had touched in 1:43.94. The Wildcats still have multiple finalists. Etay Gurevich landed 7th in 1:44.57. Teammate Sam Iida was 8th in 1:44.68.

Stanford also got 2 in. Brennan Pastorek was their fastest of the morning with a 1:44.41 for 3rd. Alex Liang was just a few tenths shy of his best in 1:44.49 for 6th. The Cardinal will have 3 in the B final. Freshman teammate Shane Blinkman narrowly missed the top 8 with a lifetime best 1:45.02.

USC’s Alexei Sancov, the 2nd seed, will swim in the B final after qualifying 14th in 1:46.54.

MEN’S 50 FREE

  • Pac-12 Record: Ryan Hoffer (Cal), 2019, 18.58
  • Meet Record: Brad Tandy (Arizona), 2014, 18.80
  • NCAA Record: Caeleb Dressel (Florida), 2018, 17.63
  • 2019 NCAA Invited: 19.35
  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 18.96
  • 2019 Champion: Pawel Sendyk, Cal, 18.83

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS

  1. Ryan Hoffer, Cal, 19.10
  2. Pawel Sendyk, Cal, 19.15
  3. Jack Dolan, ASU, 19.40
  4. Michael Jensen, Cal, 19.41
  5. Evan Carlson, ASU, 19.48
  6. Nikola Miljenic, USC, 19.53
  7. Marin Ercegovic, Arizona, 19.56
  8. Cody Bybee, ASU, 19.64

Cal’s reigning NCAA Champion Ryan Hoffer (19.10) and reigning Pac-12 Champion Pawel Sendyk (19.15) led the heats. Teammate Michael Jensen (19.41) was 4th. Teammate Nate Biondi, a 2019 finalist, was 17th in 19.97. Biondi put up a 19.70 in a time trial last night.

ASU freshman Jack Dolan knocked a couple of tenths off his best to take 3rd in 19.40. Teammates Evan Carlson (19.48) and Cody Bybee (19.64) will join him in the final. All 3 of those men swam lifetime bests. Teammate Carter Swift also lowered his best time, narrowly missing the final with a 19.69 for 9th. Zach Poti will join him in the B heat as he qualified 11th in a lifetime best 19.75.

USC got their first finalist as Nikola Miljenic (19.53) was 6th. Arizona’s Marin Ercegovic matched his best to take 7th in 19.56. Teammate Jorge Iga (19.77) will swim in the B final after touching 12th.

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calswimfan

I forget every year. Prelims arent being televised, is it?

DragonSwim
CALSTUDENT

Unless, I’m missing something, it doesn’t look like it. I can’t seem to find in on the Pac-12 Network or the app.

Curious

Can’t find it either

Back2Back

Back to an earlier chuckle I had with a former teammate last night how the SwimSwamDiveDove article earlier this week cited a poll where 7% of respondents chose Standford to win PAC12’s this year. We were considering CAL exhibitioning all key swimmers, scoring only diving, meet officials doing an ‘IOWA caucus’ miscount, etc. Then CAL DQ’s on 400MR!!! GAME ON!!! GO CARDINAL!!!

JCO

This meet is still Cal’s to lose despite the relay

DLSwim

And then Hugo DQs the 2 IM…

Curious reader

A little unrelated. But will there be a PAC12 scoring breakdown for the women’s 2020 PAC12 meet?

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