2021 Men’s Pac-12 Championships: Day 2 Ups/Mids/Downs


For those unfamiliar with swimming terminology, the concept of “Ups” and “Downs” is a good way to track which teams performed best at prelims. In prelims, swimmers qualify for one of three finals heats: the top 8 finishers make the A final, places 9 through 16 the B final and places 17 through 24 the C final. In finals, swimmers are locked into their respective final, meaning a swimmer in the B heat (spots 9-16) can only place as high as 9th or as low as 16th, even if they put up the fastest or slowest time of any heat in the final.

With that in mind, we’ll be tracking “Ups,” “Mids” and “Downs” after each prelims session. “Up” refers to swimmers in the A final, “Mid” to swimmers in the B final and “Down” to swimmers in the C final.

Note: while the Pac-12 men’s meet has a C-final, it is not a scoring final. C-final swims listed below are just fun.

Both Cal and Stanford had a very strong preliminary session on Monday, advancing nine and eight swimmers through to ‘A’ finals and 16 and 14 into scoring position for tonight, respectively.

The Bears put four and the Cardinal put three men into the 500 free championship heat, while Stanford also put three up in the 200 IM and Cal advanced three through in the 50 free.

In the 200 IM, the Cardinal trio who made the ‘A’ final (Alex LiangJonny Affeld and Shane Blinkman) all hit personal best times, which left two of Cal’s ‘A’ finalists from last season (Bryce Mefford and Reece Whitley) on the outside looking in.

Arizona appears to be asserting itself as the frontrunner for a top-three finish early on over USC, putting five swimmers into ‘A’ finals (to USC’s one) after beating the Trojans on both relays last night.

The Wildcats have a legitimate title challenger in the 500 free with top qualifier Brooks Fail, and they’ve got three men in the ‘A’ final of the 200 IM.


  Individual 500 Free 200 IM 50 Free
Cal 9/9/1 4/4/0 2/5/1 3/0/0
Stanford 8/6/4 3/2/1 3/2/2 2/2/1
Arizona 5/4/5 1/0/2 3/1/2 1/3/1
USC 1/4/7 0/2/3 0/0/1 1/2/3
Utah 1/1/7 0/0/2 0/0/2 1/1/3

If seeds from prelims scored as they were in the morning, this is how day 2 individual scoring would work out (not including the 200 free relay, which Cal will likely win):

1. California: 181
2. Stanford: 146
3. Arizona: 89
4. USC: 33
5. Utah: 16


  1. Utah, 189
  2. Stanford, 173
  3. Arizona, 152
  4. USC, 124
  5. Cal, 102


Cal, who are heavily expected to win the meet, will begin digging out of their diving hole on Monday evening, though the Cardinal should retain the lead, for now. The meet will begin to stratify on Tuesday, with the only likely placement question at that point (barring something unusual) being wheter Utah’s diving points are enough to hold off USC for 4th place.

  1. Stanford – 319
  2. Cal – 283
  3. Arizona – 241
  4. Utah – 205
  5. USC – 157

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Coach Rob
2 years ago

How many swimmers can actually score though in one event from one team? I think Cal has a lot of swimmers coming into the final in the 500 free, but can only 4 of them score?

Reply to  Coach Rob
2 years ago

The maximum is 16.

(In other words, the only limit is the number of swimmers on a roster and the number of places being scored).

2 years ago

C final a 500 free for fun..hahaha. “Coach my stomach hurts”

Its closer than I though it would be. Stanford should still be leading after tonight.

Big boi
2 years ago

Cal has 4 in the 500 A final and 9 total A final swims. Also I believe C finals don’t score.

2 years ago

Does Cal have four in the 500 A-final?: Julian, Yeadon, Grieshop, and C Mefford…

SoCal Swammer
Reply to  SwimminIsGood
2 years ago

Was just about to comment on this.. unless one of them scratched and the rest of us do not know, then Cal has four “ups” in the 500, not 3.

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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