2021 Men’s Pac-12 Championships: Day 4 Ups/Mids/Downs

2021 MEN’S PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIPS

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.

Cal had another dominant prelim showing on Wednesday as the men’s team cruises to a fourth consecutive Pac-12 title, putting 14 swimmers through to ‘A’ finals in just four events. This included a dynamite performance in the 200 back, where the Bears put six men into the championship heat, including earning the top-five spots. This included personal best swims from sophomores Colby Mefford and Sebastian Somerset.

Stanford was solid once again with 10 total ‘A’ final swims, including three in both the 100 free and 200 breast. The Cardinal should also have a good performance in the 1650 free later today, with the team holding four of the top-five seeds (2020 ACC champion Zach Yeadon is only seeded sixth for Cal, but was the second-fastest man in the NCAA last season).

Arizona was locked out of the 200 back, but put two swimmers into the other three heats, and USC will make a charge to catch Utah for fourth, going 2/8 compared to the Utes’ 0/6. The Trojans currently sit 43 points back of Utah, and if everyone finished in the same position as they did in the prelims in finals, USC would move ahead by 26.5 points (excluding any 1650 or 400 free relay points).

Since the Utes entered the conference in 2012, last season marked the only time USC was beaten by them at the conference championships, as the teams placed fifth and sixth. It was also the first time the Trojans finished in last place since the first Pac-12 Championship meet in 1961.

TEAM SCORES (THRU DAY 3 + DIVING)

  1. Cal, 640
  2. Stanford, 551
  3. Arizona, 466
  4. Utah, 347
  5. USC, 304

DAY 4 UPS/MIDS/DOWNS

 School Individual 200 Back 100 Free 200 Breast 200 Fly
Cal 14/3/0 6/0/0 2/2/0 3/0/0 3/1/0
Stanford 10/5/2 2/2/0 3/0/2 3/1/0 2/2/0
Arizona 6/10/5 0/4/2 2/1/2 2/3/0 2/2/1
USC 2/8/4 0/1/1 1/3/2 0/2/0 1/2/1
Utah 0/6/12 0/1/4 0/2/2 0/2/3 0/1/3

PROJECTED PRELIM POINTS

  1. Cal, 235
  2. Stanford, 159.5
  3. Arizona, 127
  4. USC, 84
  5. Utah, 14.5

PRELIM POINTS EVENT BREAKDOWN

California Stanford Arizona USC Utah
200 Back 94.0 33.0 18.0 9.0 1.0
100 Free 41.0 39.5 32.0 35.0 7.5
200 Breast 49.0 47.0 42.0 12.0 5.0
200 Fly 51.0 40.0 35.0 28.0 1.0

ACTUAL TEAM SCORES + PRELIM POINT PROJECTIONS

Note that this does not include any scoring from either the 1650 free or 400 free relay.

  1. Cal, 875
  2. Stanford, 710.5
  3. Arizona, 593
  4. USC, 388
  5. Utah, 361.5

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Inquiring Minds
1 month ago

Can anyone provide insight into the selection of seed times for the 1650? It appears that at least one goes back to 2016….

Riccardo
Reply to  Inquiring Minds
1 month ago

I’m guessing the pac 12 coaches agreed to allow that since many of the schools were unable to compete until recently and thus they have no times for the 1650 this season as it is rarely swam in dual meets. Would be dumb to have every single entry be a no time.

Last edited 1 month ago by Riccardo
Inquiring Minds
Reply to  Riccardo
1 month ago

Yes it would be dumb but a harmonized approach would provide a more equitable method to lane assignment.

Admin
Reply to  Inquiring Minds
1 month ago

I’m not sure the best way to describe this, but, by and large, Pac-12 swimming culture has become…well…I’ll put it this way: the Pac-12 Championships don’t carry the same intensity as, say, the SEC or Big Ten Championships.

I think the grandest evidence of this is when Cal sent their top swimmers to a Pro Swim over Pac 12s a few years ago.

The coaches just have a different attitude. Most of them are really focused on NCAAs and international competition, and so they’re a little more laissez faire about their conference championship meet than a lot of parts of the country.

Not that they totally don’t care, or don’t want to win, but it’s just treated more with the… Read more »

Inquiring Minds
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 month ago

Thanks Braden. Appreciate that insight.

SwimminIsGood
Reply to  Inquiring Minds
1 month ago

From MeetMobile, top 3 from first two heats:

1) Kopp – Cal: 14:58.05 (around 21st in nation…might qualify for NCAAs with that time/swim)
2) Imbus – Ariz: 15:08.56
3) Meehan – Cal: 15:14.77

DLswim
1 month ago

Backstroke lane at Cal must be insane

BearlyBreathing
1 month ago

Is there a heat schedule/whatever it’s called for finals yet? There was a pdf yesterday with times for every event and awards ceremony. I found that very useful.
Edit: I looked it up and it’s called a “heat sheet”. The more I know.

Last edited 1 month ago by BearlyBreathing
Joe
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
1 month ago

yeah–looks from the heat sheet again that we’re SOL if we want to watch the mile, and probably any C or B finals again. The coverage also dropped out yesterday before the 2 medley relay. Pretty disappointing. You’d think the least you could ask for would be to just have a live feed even without announcers.

Amy Van Dyken
Reply to  Joe
1 month ago

They relay will air tonight. They are taking a 45 min break after the last individual event, and we can’t fill enough to stay on air for that. No worries…you will see that and all the events from tonight.

Joe
Reply to  Amy Van Dyken
1 month ago

thanks for the response!

Jay Ryan
Reply to  Amy Van Dyken
1 month ago

Hey, Amy, thanks. Hey it is not scheduled to air live in the Bay Area on the PAC12 Network but will stream on pac12.com. I hope they show some of the B/C finals every now and again. Good work on the commentary BTW.

About James Sutherland

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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