2022 Women’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.

Before getting into the prelim numbers, here’s a look at how the team scores currently stand after Wednesday’s relay and diving events at Pac-12s:

Team Scores – Thru DAY 1

  1. Stanford, 216.0
  2. USC, 211.0
  3. Arizona, 158.0
  4. Utah, 154.0
  5. UCLA, 145.0
  6. Cal, 110.0
  7. Arizona State, 102.0
  8. Washington State, 88.0

After claiming the team lead on Wednesday night with two relay wins and a pair of top-five diving finishes, the Stanford women carried that momentum forward Thursday morning by putting eight swimmers through to tonight’s ‘A’ finals.

The Cardinal own the top time from the prelims in the 500 free from senior Morgan Tankersley, the top two in the 50 free with Taylor Ruck and Anya Goeders, and sit 2-3 in the 200 IM with Torri Huske and Brooke Forde trailing USC’s Calypso Sheridan.

The Cal women matched that total with eight ‘A’ finalists, including four moving through in the 200 IM. However, the team’s highest seed coming out of the heats is fourth (Izzy Ivey in the 200 IM).

With an additional seven swimmers moving on to ‘B’ finals, the Bears are projected to outscore Stanford tonight in individual swimming events. However, Cal was already down 88 points to Stanford before the first relay hit the water yesterday after 1-meter diving, and the boards will continue to be a hindrance to the Bears for the entirety of the meet.

Even if Cal outscored Stanford by the 58 points they’re projected to tonight, they would still be down 48 to the Cardinal (not even factoring in tonight’s 3-meter diving final).

USC had a strong morning as well to score a project 202.5 points with five swimmers moving on to ‘A’ finals.


Credit to Andrew Mering for running the numbers.

All 3 mtr Diving 500 Free 200 IM 50 Free
California 8/7/3 0/0/0 3/3/0 4/1/1 1/3/2
Stanford 8/3/1 0/0/0 2/1/1 2/1/0 4/1/0
USC 5/4/2 0/0/0 1/1/1 2/2/0 2/1/1
Arizona State 2/1/4 0/0/0 2/1/1 0/0/3 0/0/0
UCLA 1/5/3 0/0/0 0/1/0 0/3/1 1/1/2
Arizona 0/2/8 0/0/0 0/1/3 0/1/2 0/0/3
Utah 0/1/2 0/0/0 0/0/1 0/0/1 0/1/0
Washington St. 0/1/1 0/0/0 0/0/1 0/0/0 0/1/0


  1. Cal, 318.5
  2. Stanford, 260.5
  3. USC, 202.5
  4. UCLA, 118.5
  5. Arizona State, 85.0
  6. Arizona, 63.0
  7. Utah, 22.5
  8. Washington State, 15.5


  1. Stanford, 476.5
  2. Cal, 428.5
  3. USC, 413.5
  4. UCLA, 263.5
  5. Arizona, 221.0
  6. Arizona State, 187.0
  7. Utah, 114.5
  8. Washington State, 103.5

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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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