2020 Men’s Pac-12 Championships: Day 3 Finals Live Recap


The 2020 men’s Pac-12 Championships continue tonight with finals of the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, and 200 medley relay. Stanford holds the team lead, but Cal, ASU, and Arizona look to make moves tonight. Utah will battle USC for the 5th spot.

ASU’s Zach Poti is the defending champion in the 100 back and set the Pac-12 Meet Record in prelims. Cal freshman Jason Louser dropped 5 seconds in the 400 IM heats and will race teammate Hugo Gonzalez as the top 2 seeds in the final. Teammate Ryan Hoffer is chasing his 2nd title of the meet in the 100 fly against top seed Cody Bybee of ASU and teammate Zheng Quah, the defending champion.

MEN’S 400 IM

  • Pac-12 Record: Abrahm DeVine (Stanford), 2017, 3:35.29
  • Meet Record: Andrew Seliskar (Cal), 2017, 3:38.65
  • NCAA Record: Chase Kalisz (Georgia), 2017, 3:33.42
  • 2019 NCAA Invited: 3:43.42
  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 3:39.16
  • 2019 Champion: Mike Thomas (Cal), 3:39.83
  1. GOLD: Hugo Gonzalez, Cal, 3:36.60
  2. SILVER: Jason Louser, Cal, 3:41.98
  3. BRONZE: Sean Grieshop, Cal, 3:42.18

Hugo Gonzalez swam his fastest time since 2018 SECs tonight, shattering Andrew Seliskar’s Meet Record by 2 seconds. Gonzalez dominated the race in 3:36.60. Freshman Jason Louser was off his best from prelims but earned his first individual Pac-12 medal with a 3:41.98 for silver.

The Bears swept both IM podiums at this meet. Sean Grieshop ran down Arizona’s Etay Gurevich (3:43.19) on the final 100 to take bronze in 3:42.19. Teammate Chris Jhong was 5th for the bears in 3:43.51. Arizona State’s Ben Olszewski dropped a lifetime best 3:44.62 for 6th. From the B final, Arizona’s Sam Iida had the 6th fastest time of the night, clocking a 3:44.49 to win the heat.


  • Pac-12 Record: Austin Staab (Stanford), 2009, 44.18
  • Meet Record: Austin Staab (Stanford), 2011, 44.66
  • NCAA Record: Caeleb Dressel (Florida), 2018, 42.80
  • 2019 NCAA Invited: 45.90
  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 45.05
  • 2019 Champion: Zheng Quah (Cal), 45.13
  1. GOLD: Ryan Hoffer, Cal, 44.85
  2. SILVER: Cody Bybee, ASU, 45.19
  3. BRONZE: Zheng Quah, Cal, 45.24

Cal’s Ryan Hoffer had a breakthrough swim here, posting his first lifetime best in the event since 2018 NCAAs. Hoffer raced to a 44.85, coming within 2 tenths of the Pac-12 Meet Record set by Stanford’s Austin Staab back in 2009. Teammate Zheng Quah, the 2019 champion, took bronze this season in 45.24. Pawel Sendyk (45.48) was just off the podium in 4th.

ASU’s Cody Bybee, who dropped half a second in prelims, took another few tenths off his best for silver in 45.19. Teammate Evan Carlson clipped his best for 7th in 46.24. Noah Reid (46.15) of Arizona out-touched USC’s Nikola Miljenic (46.16) by a hundredth for 5th.


  • Pac-12 Record: Andrew Seliskar (Cal), 2019, 1:30.14
  • Meet Record: Andrew Seliskar (Cal), 2019, 1:31.07
  • NCAA Record: Dean Farris (Harvard), 2019, 1:29.15
  • 2019 NCAA Invited: 1:34.21
  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 1:32.05
  • 2019 Champion: Andrew Seliskar (Cal), 1:31.07
  1. GOLD: Trenton Julian, Cal, 1:33.17
  2. SILVER: Jack Dolan, ASU, 1:33.29
  3. BRONZE: Julian Hill, ASU, 1:33.56

Cal’s Trenton Julian and ASU freshman Jack Dolan were neck-and-neck the whole way through. Julian took a lead of 6 hundredths at the halfway mark and held on to his lead to win in 1:33.17 to Dolan’s 1:33.29. Both men lowered their lifetime bests from earlier in the meet.

Another ASU freshman, Julian Hill, dropped a second for bronze in 1:33.56. He held off a final 50 charge from teammate Carter Swift (1:33.64), who dropped a few tenths off his best. The Sun Devils made up half of that final, with freshman Andrew Gray (1:34.66) narrowly missing his best from prelims.

Arizona’s Daniel Namir was 5th tonight in a lifetime best 1:33.96. The 5th fastest time of the night, however, came from Stanford’s Jack LeVant, who won the B final in 1:33.79.

Scoring Update:

Cal leads by nearly 100 points with 436. Arizona State (342) has moved into 2nd, while Arizona (336) is 3rd. Stanford is now in 4th place with 324.5. USC (232.5) reamins in the top 5, but the Utes (221) are closely behind.


  • Pac-12 Record: Kevin Cordes (Arizona), 2014, 50.04
  • Meet Record: Carsten Vissering (USC), 2019, 50.78
  • NCAA Record: Ian Finnerty (Indiana), 2018. 49.69
  • 2019 NCAA Invited: 52.52
  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 51.67
  • 2019 Champion: Carsten Vissering (USC), 50.78
  1. GOLD: Reece Whitley, Cal, 50.85
  2. SILVER: Hank Poppe, Stanford, 52.33
  3. BRONZE: Brennan Pastorek, Stanford, 52.37

Cal’s Reece Whitley blew away the field, breaking 51 for the first time to win it in 50.85. That was just 7 hundredths shy of the Pac-12 Meet Record set by USC’s Carsten Vissering last season. Whitley is now the 10th fastest performer in history in this event. Teammate Karl Arvidsson was just 3 hundredths shy of his best with a 52.62 for 4th place.

Stanford’s Hank Poppe (52.33) and Brennan Pastorek (52.37) raced for the silver. Poppe came from a tenth behind at the halfway mark to just out-touch Pastorek at the finish. Utah’s Andrew Britton was also under 53 tonight, breaking the barrier for the first time  in 52.95.


  • Pac-12 Record: Ryan Murphy (Cal), 2016, 43.49
  • Meet Record: Zach Poti (ASU), 2020, 44.14
  • NCAA Record: Ryan Murphy (Cal), 2016, 43.49
  • 2019 NCAA Invited: 46.06
  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 44.95
  • 2019 Champion: Zach Poti (ASU), 44.93
  1. GOLD: Zach Poti, ASU, 44.98
  2. SILVER: Daniel Carr, Cal, 45.18
  3. BRONZE: Bryce Mefford, Cal, 46.11

Arizona State’s Zach Poti snapped the Cal winning streak, using his front-half speed to take the edge over the Bears’ Daniel Carr. Poti was off his Meet Record from this morning, but still the only man under 45 to defend his title in 44.98.

Carr was 2nd in 45.18, followed by teammate Bryce Mefford (46.11). Arizona’s Thomas Anderson was tied with Mefford at the final flip, but wound up just off the podium in 46.28. Stanford’s Benjamin Ho, who flipped 3rd at the 50, rounded out the top 5 in 46.42. That was within hundredths of his lifetime best from prelims.


  • Pac-12 Record: USC, 2018, 1:21.82
  • Meet Record: Cal, 2017, 1:22.31
  • NCAA Record: Texas, 2017, 1:21.54
  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 1:24.30
  • 2019 Champion: Cal, 1:23.44
  1. GOLD: Cal, 1:22.16
  2. SILVER: ASU, 1:22.75
  3. BRONZE: Utah, 1:25.76

The Bears broke their own former Meet Record tonight and were within a few tenths of the overall Pac-12 Record. Daniel Carr led off in 20.62, handing off to Reece Whitley for a 23.52 breast split. Pawel Sendyk put up a 19.75 on the fly. Ryan Hoffer then closed in 18.27 as they won the race in 1:22.16. That’s the fastest in the NCAA this season, nearly a second faster than any team swam before today.

ASU took the silver in 1:22.75. Cody Bybee gave them the fastest fly split of the field as he came through in 19.73. Freshman Jack Dolan anchored for the Sun Devils in 18.54. Utah (1:25.76) was 3rd with a 23.58 breast split from Andrew Britton and a 19.16 anchor from Liam O’Haimhirgin.

Arizona and Stanford were both DQed here. The Cardinal had an early exchange going into the breast leg, while the Wildcats had an early jump on the breast-to-fly exchange. With those DQs, ASU moves further ahead into 2nd place.


  1. Cal 576
  2. ASU 414
  3. Arizona 387
  4. Stanford 385.5
  5. Utah 296
  6. USC 279.5

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1 year ago

What am I supposed to do next week when conference championships are over and NCAAs haven’t started yet?

Reply to  JCO
1 year ago

New South Wales State Championships, Edinburgh International, Turkish Olympic Trials, Ukraine Nationals, sectionals 😉

Jack Spitser
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

D2 NCs!

Reply to  JCO
1 year ago

Go to swim practice my guy

Reply to  DBswims
1 year ago

Prepare for your March Madness bracket by watching the conference tourneys

Reply to  TimeKeeper
1 year ago


tiny bird
1 year ago

why is this article up so early it got me excited

Reply to  tiny bird
1 year ago

Same. I was wondering why these live results came up before PSS live results

Reply to  tiny bird
1 year ago

2 hours to prep

Reply to  Random123
1 year ago

Exactly. The trash talkers needed to get settled in.

Chlorinated One
1 year ago

Can’t wait to see what Hugo will throw down in the 400 IM tonight. He was cruising that last 25 this morning…..

Reply to  Chlorinated One
1 year ago

Now you know. smoooooth.

1 year ago

Stanford didn’t enter many swimmers in 100 fly and back. What happened? They seem to also missing some swimmers like Leon MacAlister, Sean Slusiewicz, Glen Cowand, and James Murphy. Roy didn’t.even swim the 100 Br. Stanford hasn’t hit many qualifying times yet. Hiw many will they be able to bring to NC this year?

Reply to  tnp101
1 year ago

I think Daniel Roy time trialed the 100 breast?

Jay Ryan
Reply to  Coach
1 year ago


Ole 99
Reply to  tnp101
1 year ago

Good thing they have a strong recruiting class coming in

Reply to  tnp101
1 year ago

Sick/injured most likely

1 year ago

No livestream?

Justin Pollard
Reply to  wow
1 year ago

An earlier SwimSwam article said the stream starts at 6:30pm today for some reason … not sure though

Reply to  Justin Pollard
1 year ago

Yes, doesn’t start until 6:30. Also have to watch on the app or channel (not available on the website stream for some reason).

1 year ago

where is live stream tonight?

Coach Mike
1 year ago
Hint of Lime
Reply to  Coach Mike
1 year ago

Did the session start early? Guess I missed the 4 IM race

Reply to  Hint of Lime
1 year ago

Nope the straight up skipped it lol. Coverage didn’t begin until 6:30 when the meet started at 6:00.

Reply to  AJW
1 year ago

…aaaand not showing B finals either. What a disappointment

Reply to  AJW
1 year ago

This is the most classic Pac 12 Networks stream ever. Who cares about good tv? It’s all about making the worst possible experience for fans

Coach Mike
Reply to  Coach Mike
1 year ago

Last night was so much more enjoyable. Stationary camera with no commentary, showing every single heat including time trials. Even got to see the poor kid from Utah TT the 200 IM without backstroke flags and almost knock himself unconscious at 75.

This is terrible.

Bearly Breathing
1 year ago

Should I be worried about Michael Jensen? Let me know.

Reply to  Bearly Breathing
1 year ago

Going to say yes, and that he scratched the fly to time trial the 50 free.

Reply to  Bearly Breathing
1 year ago

I don’t think one needs to worry – his best event is the 100 free, and he’s right on his sprint times from last year. I think he’ll have a solid swim tomorrow and will get a time to get him into the meet.

Reply to  Bearly Breathing
1 year ago

Justin Lynch type of performer sad to see.

Reply to  Bearly Breathing
1 year ago

Been worried about the kid since 2015 Juniors.

Bearly Breathing
Reply to  Swimnerd
1 year ago

You made me download the results from that meet. Damn what an amazing meet he had!

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