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

2020 MEN’S PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIPS

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.

MEN’S 100 FLY

  • 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.

MEN’S 200 FREE

  • 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.

MEN’S 100 BREAST

  • 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.

MEN’S 100 BACK

  • 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.

MEN’S 200 MEDLEY RELAY

  • 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.

TEAM SCORES THROUGH DAY 3

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

In This Story

50
Leave a Reply

14 Comment threads
36 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
31 Comment authors
newest oldest most voted
JCO

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

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

Jack Spitser

D2 NCs!

DBswims

Go to swim practice my guy

TimeKeeper

Prepare for your March Madness bracket by watching the conference tourneys

Swimmerinlane9

D2 NCAAs

tiny bird

why is this article up so early it got me excited

DBswims

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

Random123

2 hours to prep

200 SIDESTROKE B CUT

Exactly. The trash talkers needed to get settled in.

Chlorinated One

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

Skip

Now you know. smoooooth.

About Lauren Neidigh

Lauren Neidigh

Lauren Neidigh is a former NCAA swimmer at the University of Arizona (2013-2015) and the University of Florida (2011-2013). While her college swimming career left a bit to be desired, her Snapchat chin selfies and hot takes on Twitter do not disappoint. She's also a high school graduate of The …

Read More »

}