2020 Men’s Pac-12 Championships: Day 4 Finals Live Recap

2020 MEN’S PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIPS

The 2020 men’s Pac-12 Championships concludes tonight with finals of the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, platform diving, and 400 free relay. Cal has pretty much locked up the title at this point, with Arizona State in good position to take 2nd. Arizona and Stanford have an outside shot to take that runner-up spot.

Arizona’s Brooks Fail will swim a double tonight as the top seed in the mile and the 3rd seed in the 200 fly. Cal’s Zheng Quah (200 fly) and Bryce Mefford (200 back) look to defend titles, but teammates Trenton Julian (200 fly) and Daniel Carr (200 back) are the top seeds. The 200 back will also feature ASU’s Zach Poti, who set the 100 back Meet Record here.

Cal’s Reece Whitley will race for a sweep of the breaststrokes against Stanford’s Daniel Roy. Ryan Hoffer will try to go 3-for-3 for the Bears in the 100 free, as he’s already won the 50 free and 100 fly.

MEN’S 1650 FREE

  • Pac-12 Record: Chad La Tourette (Stanford), 2012, 14:24.35
  • Meet Record: Nick Norman (Cal), 2019, 14:33.96
  • NCAA Record: Bobby Finke (Florida), 2020, 14:12.08
  • 2019 NCAA Invited: 14:54.05
  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 14:37.31
  • 2019 Champion: Nick Norman (Cal), 14:33.96
  1. GOLD: Brooks Fail, Arizona, 14:44.60
  2. SILVER: Sean Grieshop, Cal, 14:51.09
  3. BRONZE: Grant Shoults, Stanford, 14:52.09

Arizona’s Brooks Fail won his first Pac-12 title, leading the field by over 6 seconds in 14:44.60. Cal’s Sean Grieshop moved ahead of Stanford’s Grant Shoults in the closing 300, taking silver in 14:51.09. Shoults, the 500 free champion, took bronze in 14:52.09, swimming his fastest time since 2017.

ASU’s Ben Olszewski was 4th in the heat with a lifetime best 14:52.84, dropping over 3 seconds. Taking 4th overall, though, was Stanford’s Matthew Hirschberger with his 14:52.37 from the early heats. Teammate James Murphy (14:55.70) had the 2nd fastest swim of the afternoon and wound up 6th overall.

USC’s Victor Johansson, the 2nd seed, wound up 16th in 15:22.47.

MEN’S 200 BACK

  • Pac-12 Record: Ryan Murphy (Cal), 2016, 1:35.73
  • Meet Record: Ryan Murphy (Cal), 2017, 1:38.07
  • NCAA Record: Ryan Murphy (Cal), 2016, 1:35.73
  • 2019 NCAA Invited: 1:41.31
  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 1:39.16
  • 2019 Champion: Bryce Mefford (Cal), 1:39.13
  1. GOLD: Daniel Carr, Cal, 1:37.87
  2. SILVER: Zach Poti, ASU, 1:39.31
  3. BRONZE: Hugo Gonzalez, Cal, 1:39.66

Cal’s Daniel Carr took down Ryan Murphy’s Meet Record tonight in a lifetime best 1:37.87. That ties him as the 9th fastest man in history. Teammate Hugo Gonzalez swam his fastest time since 2017 and his first sub-1:40 since then, touching 3rd in 1:39.66. Bryce Mefford, the 2019 champion, was 4th for the Bears in 1:41.09. Younger brother Colby Mefford finished 6th in 1:42.00.

Arizona State’s Zach Poti, the 100 back champ, took silver in 1:39.31, just a couple of tenths off his best. Thomas Anderson was 5th for Arizona, also just tenths shy of a best in 1:41.51. The 5th fastest time of the night, however, came from the B final. Stanford’s Benjamin Ho won that heat in 1:41.50, his fastest time since 2018.

MEN’S 100 FREE

  • Pac-12 Record: Vlad Morozov (USC), 2013, 40.76
  • Meet Record: Vlad Morozov (USC), 2013, 41.38
  • NCAA Record: Caeleb Dressel (Florida), 2018, 39.90
  • 2019 NCAA Invited: 42.53
  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 41.71
  • 2019 Champion: Pawel Sendyk (Cal), 41.95
  1. GOLD: Ryan Hoffer, Cal, 41.45
  2. SILVER: Carter Swift, ASU, 42.05
  3. BRONZE: Marin Ercegovic, Arizona, 42.31

Cal’s Ryan Hoffer raced to his 2nd fastest swim ever and his fastest time since 2015 to take his 3rd individual title of the meet in 41.45. He was hundredths shy of the Pac-12 Meet Record and now ranks #2 in the NCAA this season. Teammate Michael Jensen was 6th in 42.55, hundredths shy of his season best from prelims.

ASU’s Carter Swift was a hundredth behind his best from prelims to take silver in 42.05. Sun Devil freshman Jack Dolan lowered his best to a 42.32, a hundredth shy of the podium as Arizona’s Marin Ercegovic clipped his lifetime best for 3rd in 42.31. ASU’s Evan Carlson was also just hundredths from the podium with a personal best 42.37 for 5th. Cody Bybee was a tenth off his best from prelims in 42.74, out-touching Utah’s Liam O’Haimhirgin (42.84).

MEN’S 200 BREAST

  • Pac-12 Record: Kevin Cordes (Arizona), 2014, 1:48.66
  • Meet Record: Andrew Seliskar (Cal), 2019, 1:49.80
  • NCAA Record: Will Licon (Texas), 2017, 1:47.91
  • 2019 NCAA Invited: 1:54.04
  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 1:52.61
  • 2019 Champion: Andrew Seliskar (Cal), 1:49.80
  1. GOLD: Reece Whitley, Cal, 1:49.85
  2. SILVER: Daniel Roy, Stanford, 1:53.06
  3. BRONZE: Brennan Pastorek, Stanford, 1:53.40

Cal’s Reece Whitley dropped nearly a second as he broke 1:50 for the first time. Whitley dominated this race in 1:49.85, coming up just hundredths away from the Meet Record set by Cal NCAA Champion Andrew Seliskar last season. He’s now the 7th fastest man in history in this event and ranked #1 in the NCAA by over 1.5 seconds.

Stanford got 2 on the podium with Daniel Roy (1:53.06) coming from behind to take silver over teammate Brennan Pastorek (1:53.40). Hank Poppe (1:54.19) was 5th for the Cardinal, just behind Arizona’s Sam Iida (1:54.06).

MEN’S 200 FLY

  • Pac-12 Record: Zheng Quah (Cal), 2017, 1:38.83
  • Meet Record: Zheng Quah (Cal), 2019, 1:39.86
  • NCAA Record: Jack Conger (Texas), 2017, 1:37.35
  • 2019 NCAA Invited: 1:42.35
  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 1:40.76
  • 2019 Champion: Zheng Quah (Cal), 1:39.86
  1. GOLD: Zheng Quah, Cal, 1:39.15
  2. SILVER: Trenton Julian, Cal, 1:40.78
  3. BRONZE: Brooks Fail, Arizona, 1:42.93

Cal’s Zheng Quah took down his own Meet Record, defending as champion in a dominant 1:39.15. That’s his 2nd fastest swim ever in the event and his best time since 2017. Quah is now ranked #2 in the NCAA this season. Teammate Trenton Julian, the 200 free champion, was just off his best in 1:40.78 for silver.

Arizona’s Brooks Fail earned his 2nd medal of the night here. After winning the mile, he came back to take bronze in 1:42.93. Fail came from behind as he out-touched teammate Etay Gurevich (1:43.18). USC’s Alexei Sancov, the 3rd seed coming into this meet, won the B final with the 5th fastest time of the night in 1:43.32. Behind him, ASU freshman Jack Edgemond touched in 1:43.95. Edgemond’s best, however, is a 1:42.86 from day 1 time trials.

Scoring Update: Heading into the 400 free relay, Cal has locked up the title. The race for 2nd is still on. Arizona is now in 2nd, just 2.5 points ahead of Stanford and 13 points ahead of ASU, so there’s a lot riding on this final relay for those 3 teams.

MEN’S 400 FREE RELAY

  • Pac-12 Record: Cal, 2019, 2:46.41
  • Meet Record: Cal, 2011, 2:48.16
  • NCAA Record: NC State, 2018, 2:44.31
  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 2:51.11
  • 2019 Champion: Cal, 2:48.80
  1. GOLD: Cal, 2:46.92
  2. SILVER: ASU, 2:47.24
  3. BRONZE: Arizona, 2:51.05

Cal took down their Meet Record in the 400 free relay and they were just half a second off the overall conference record. Michael Jensen led them off in 42.85, handing off to Pawel Sendyk (41.43). Daniel Carr put up a 41.65 on the 3rd split. Ryan Hoffer then anchored them to victory in 40.99 as they won in 2:46.92.

ASU was also under the old Meet Record as they took 2nd in 2:47.24. They had the lead up front, with Carter Swift putting up a lifetime best 41.98 on the leadoff. Evan Carlson extended their lead with a 41.26 on the 2nd leg. Cody Bybee maintained that lead with a 41.99, handing off to freshman Jack Dolan for a 42.01 on the anchor leg.

Arizona (2:51.05) took bronze. Marin Ercegovic clipped his best again with a 42.29 to lead off. Their fastest rolling-start split came from Noah Reid with a 42.44 on the 3rd leg. Grant Shoults split a 42.64 for Stanford (2:52.56) as they took 4th. USC was disqualified for a false start on the 2nd exchange, leaving Utah as the only team to not DQ a relay at this meet. The Utes took 5th in 2:53.85, with Liam O’Haimhirgin leading off in 42.54.

Cal’s B relay (2:53.88) won the exhibition heat, with Hugo Gonzalez splitting a 42.43 on the 2nd leg.

FINAL TEAM SCORES

  1. Cal 856
  2. Arizona 578
  3. Stanford 573.5
  4. Arizona State 567
  5. Utah 384
  6. USC 318.5

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Confused
7 months ago

What will Hugo swim at NCAAs?

Bearly Breathing
Reply to  Lauren Neidigh
7 months ago

Ok, so which is stronger: a 1:51 200 Breast or 1:39 200 Back?

BSD
Reply to  Bearly Breathing
7 months ago

1:51

Bearly Breathing
7 months ago

I had resigned myself to thinking this year was Texas’ year. These last 3 days have made me reconsider my position. Looking forward to a lights out evening session to cap a great meet. Go Bears!

Facts
Reply to  Bearly Breathing
7 months ago

Given how good Texas was at the Minnesota Invitational, I was in the same boat. I’m still a bit wary, but at least I’m now cautiously optimistic about Cal’s chances.

SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
Reply to  Bearly Breathing
7 months ago

All I know is both teams are ridiculously good. Third place this year will be so far back.

calswimfan
Reply to  Bearly Breathing
7 months ago

Texas probably has more depth, especially with divers. Anybody know how many Cal swimmers are qualified for the big meet?

longheeker
Reply to  calswimfan
7 months ago

Yeah, when Cal started the meet with a last place in diving (expected since they lost diver Hart) and just 9 points compared to all the other teams getting 30 to 50 points or so, then Cal gets a disqualification in the first swimming event relay! I’m thinking Cal would need to swim “lights out” for the rest of the meet. And they did! Diving will hurt Cal against Texas unless other schools place their divers ahead of the Horns—which is unlikely.

longseekeer
Reply to  longheeker
7 months ago

Put the “S” where I typed “H” in my name. Thanx!

Jay Ryan
7 months ago

It looks like Chris Jhong (CAL) negative split the 1650. He was 5-7 seconds behind guys whom he ended up beating at the 500 and 1000 splits. It is sometimes tough to do multiple quality 1650’s in a single taper so maybe he can uncork a scoring mile at Indy. He qualified in the 400 IM yesterday. This will be his first NCAA meet.

Reid
Reply to  Jay Ryan
7 months ago

Maybe not this year, but the year before Jeremy Bagshaw got second at NCAAs he was 15:07 at PAC12s.

calswimfan
Reply to  Reid
7 months ago

Bagshaw’s senior year was lit.

DMacNCheez
Reply to  calswimfan
7 months ago

A 17 second drop for 2nd in his last race ever, I’d say so!

Jay Ryan
Reply to  DMacNCheez
7 months ago

Yeah 14:38 out of the afternoon heats in Bagshaw’s last race for Cal with the entire team exhorting him in the end lane. It set the tone for an awesome final day of scoring for the Bears. Bagshaw still appears in results in Canada so I guess it wasn’t his very last race.

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