Arizona State vs. Cal — Dual Meet Live Recap

#9/1 CAL VS. #4 ARIZONA STATE

  • January 21, 2023
  • Mona Plummer Aquatic Center, Tempe, Arizona
  • SCY (25 yards)
  • 11:00 AM Pacific Time (2:00 PM Eastern Time)
  • Live Stream
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Anya Pelshaw contributed to this report.

And we’re back at it again with yet another dual meet live recap, covering a Pac-12 showdown between Arizona State and Cal. The men’s side of this meet in particular is going to be extremely competitive, as the Cal men are the defending NCAA champions and the ASU men are ranked #4 in the latest SwimSwam power rankings—although the Sun Devils have been ranked #1 in the last two CSCAA polls and scored the most points in a mythical NCAA championship based off of midseason times.

Even though Cal is the top men’s team in the NCAA, the ASU men are coming with a lot of momentum, especially after they set five different nation-leading times in their dual against Stanford yesterday. One particular highlight was Leon Marchand, who clocked a crazy 1:49.16 200 breast and 1:38.89 200 IM double in the same session. With the 400 IM being raced over the 200 IM today, Marchand could be on NCAA record watch in his best event.

On the women’s side, the #9 Cal women will be favored against an unranked ASU team. However, ASU’s Lindsay Looney made some noise at the ASU-Stanford meet yesterday as well,  being just off her personal best in the 200 fly.

ASU appears to be suited, while Cal is not.

WOMEN’S 200 MEDLEY RELAY

  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 1:36.24
  • NCAA ‘B’ Cut: 1:37.02
  1. Cal ‘B’ Relay — 1:37.57
  2. ASU ‘A’ Relay — 1:39.49
  3. Cal ‘C’ Relay — 1:39.77

Score Update: Cal 13, ASU 4

The Cal women went 1-2 to kick things off today, as Isabelle Stadden (24.48), Jade Neser (27.45), Mia Kragh (23.65), and Mckenna Stone (21.99) won by over two seconds in a time of 1:37.57. That time is a little over two seconds off Cal’s midseason invite time of 1:35.62.

In second were the ASU women, with Charli Brown (25.22), Iza Adame (27.66), Jade Foelske (23.86), and Erin Miligan (22.75) combining for a 1:39.48. They just edged out Cal’s ‘C’ relay, which consisted of Ayla Spitz (25.58), Lea Polonsky (27.80), Emily Gantriis (23.89), and Ella Mazurek (22.50). At invites, Ganrtiss was swimming free on the ‘A’ relay while Kragh was swimming fly on the ‘B’ relay.

MEN’S 200 MEDLEY RELAY

  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 1:23.76
  • NCAA ‘B’ Cut: 1:24.42
  1. ASU ‘A’ Relay — 1:22.77
  2. ASU ‘B’ Relay — 1:24.29
  3. Cal ‘A’ Relay — 1:24.89

The ASU men dominated against the defending champs, as Jack Dolan (21.10), Leon Marchand (22.99), Max McCusker (19.90), and Grant House (18.78) clocked a 1:22.77, which was just 0.17 seconds off of their nation-leading 200 medley relay time of 1:22.60 posted yesterday. While Dolan, McCusker, and House were slower than they were yesterday, Marchand was 0.11 seconds faster than his 23.10 breast split.

Even ASU’s ‘B’ relay was firing on all cylinders, as Jack Wadsworth (21.70), John Heaphy (23.73), Cody Bybee (20.26), and Jonny Kulow (18.60) placed second in 1:24.29. In fact, Kulow’s freestyle leg was faster than House’s on the ‘A’ relay. This quartet beat Cal’s top team by 0.6 seconds, as Cal’s Bjorn Seeliger (21.52), Liam Bell (23.49), Dare Rose (20.92), and Jack Alexy (18.96) came in third with a time of 1:24.89. Cal’s season best remains the 1:22.84 they set at invites, but Bell, Rose, and Alexy all came very close to their midseason splits today.

Notable, Gabriel Jett spit 21.83 on back and Reece Whtiley split 23.79 on breast on Cal’s second relay that finished fourth.

Score Update: ASU 15, Cal 2

WOMEN’S 1000 FREE

  1. Katherine Randall, ASU — 9:50.14
  2. Fanni Fabian, Cal — 10:10.49
  3. Mackenzie Nedom, ASU — 10:15.27

ASU freshman Katherine Randall was dominant in this 1000 free race, winning by over 20 seconds in a time of 9:50.14. This time was a massive personal best for her, beating out the 9:56.03 she clocked in March 2021.

In second was Cal’s Fanni Fabian, who clocked a 10:10.49. Finishing nearly five seconds behind was Randall’s ASU teammate Mackenzie Nedom, who went 10:15.27 for third.

Score Update: Cal 18, ASU 18

MEN’S 1000 FREE

  1. Zalan Sarkany, ASU — 8:50.25
  2. Daniel Matheson, ASU — 9:03.78
  3. Jake Mason, ASU — 9:12.44

Just a day after breaking a 39-year old team record in his first-ever yards swim, ASU’s Zalan Sarkany did it again, swimming a 8:50.25 in the 1000 free to beat out the record time of 8:50.56 he set yesterday. He has now broken the team record twice in his first two times swimming the 1000-yard free.

ASU went 1-2-3 in this race, as Daniel Matheson and Jake Mason finished behind their teammate Sarkany. Matheson’s time of 9:03.78 was just over a second off his season-best of 9:02.72, which was set in a 1650 free swim at midseason invites.

Score Update: ASU 31, Cal 5

WOMEN’S 200 FREE

  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 1:42.84
  • NCAA ‘B’ Cut: 1:47.12
  • 2022 Invite Time: 1:45.42
  1. Lindsay Looney, ASU — 1:45.65
  2. Ieva Maluka, ASU — 1:46.93
  3. Ayla Spitz, Cal — 1:47.48

Lindsay Looney had a big swim in this 200 free race, as she shaved 0.14 seconds off her personal best time of 1:45.79 set at NCAAs last year. She won this race by over a second, and her teammate Ivea Maluka finished behind her with a 1:46.93. Maluka neared her personal best, which is a 1:46.87 from midseason invites.

Cal’s highest finished was Ayla Spitz, who went a 1:47.48.

Score Update: ASU 33, Cal 22

MEN’S 200 FREE

  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 1:31.98
  • NCAA ‘B’ Cut: 1:35.88
  • 2022 Invite Time: 1:33.08
  1. Grant House, ASU — 1:31.84
  2. Gabriel Jett, Cal – 1:33.28
  3. Patrick Sammon, ASU — 1:33.96

After setting the nation’s top time in the 200 free yesterday, ASU’s Grant House pulled off another win, clocking a 1:31.84 to touch the wall first by over a second. He was 0.33 seconds off of his NCAA-leading time of 1:31.51, but his time is still faster than anyone else in the country has swam.

Cal’s Gabriel Jett put up an impressive 1:33.28, being under a second off his 1:32.41 from midseason invites. Jett showed off the same closing speed that he had at invites, opening in a 22.02 and then splitting 23.50/24.04/23.72 on his final 150 to run down Patrick Sammon (who closed in a 24.28/24.46 final 100) for second.

Sammon ended up in third with a 1:33.96, being substantially faster than his 1:34.59 from yesterday.

Score Update: ASU 45, Cal 10

WOMEN’S 100 BACK

  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 50.89
  • NCAA ‘B’ Cut: 53.69
  • 2022 Invite Time: 52.46
  1. Isabelle Stadden, Cal — 53.02
  2. Charlie Brown, ASU — 53.74
  3. Annika McEnroe, Cal — 54.51

Isabelle Stadden took the first individual for Cal, as she was first in the 100 back with a 53.02. Behind her was Charli Brown, who beat out her dual meet best time of 53.90 to go 53.74 for second. Brown’s personal best time is a 52.99 from midseason invites.

Cal’s Annika McEnroe was far behind for third, swimming a 54.51. This swim marked her first time under 55 seconds in a dual meet.

Score Update: ASU 40, Cal 34

MEN’S 100 BACK

  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 44.79
  • NCAA ‘B’ Cut: 47.59
  • 2022 Invite Time: 45.87
  1. Destin Lasco, Cal — 45.81
  2. Hubert Kos, ASU — 47.07
  3. Owen McDonald, ASU — 47.12

One race after the Cal women gained their first individual win, the Cal men did the same, with Destin Lasco taking the 100 back by over a second.

In fact, Lasco and second-place finisher Hubert Kos were not too far apart at the first 50, with Lasco opening in 22.12 and Kos opening in 22.41. However, Lasco outsplit Kos 23.69 to 24.66 on the back half to beat him by a significant margin.

Lasco’s time is the third-fastest this season for a dual meet, behind Jack Dolan‘s 45.66 and Kacper Stokowski’s 45.71. Lasco is top performer of the 2022-23 season overall, holding a season-best of 44.88.

Kos, who is more of a 200s swimmer, swam his first-ever 100-yard back race today. Behind him was Owen McDonald, who placed third in 47.12.

Notably, Cal’s Hugo Gonzalez was fifth in a time of 48.49.

Score Update: ASU 54, Cal 20

WOMEN’S 100 BREAST

  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 58.10
  • NCAA ‘B’ Cut: 1:01.56
  • 2022 Invite Time: 59.87
  1. Iza Adame, ASU — 1:00.74
  2. Ginger McMahon, ASU — 1:01.84
  3. Jade Neser, Cal — 1:02.27

Iza Adame took her 100 breast dual meet in a row here, clocking a 1:00.74 to beat the competition field by over a second. She was just 0.03 seconds off of her time time swam against Stanford yesterday, and just a few tenths slower than her best time of 1:00.37 set in May 2022.

Adame’s teammate, Ginger McMahon, dropped signifiant time off her best time of 1:02.38 to take second. In third was Cal’s Jade Neser, who went 1:02.27.

Score Update: ASU 68, Cal 38

MEN’S 100 BREAST

  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 51.40
  • NCAA ‘B’ Cut: 53.87
  • 2022 Invite Time: 52.20
  1. Leon Marchand, ASU — 51.01
  2. Reece Whtiley, Cal — 53.36
  3. Liam Bell, Cal — 53.53

Leon Marchand was dominant once again, clocking a 51.01 to beat out Reid Mikuta’s 2022-23 top time of 51.14 in the 100 breast. Marchand was 0.14 seconds faster than the 51.15 he swam yesterday against Stanford, which was a team record.

In second and third were Cal’s breaststroke duo of Reece Whitley and Liam Bell, who clocked times of 53.36 and 53.53 respectively. For both swimmers, this race marked their first time swimming the 100 breast at a dual meet.

Score Update: ASU 75, Cal 36

WOMEN’S 200 FLY

  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 1:52.86
  • NCAA ‘B’ Cut: 1:59.23
  • 2022 Invite Time: 1:56.14
  1. Linsday Looney, ASU — 1:53.97
  2. Jade Foelske, ASU — 1:57.14
  3. Lizzy Cook, Cal — 1:59.02

Linsday Looney continues to shine in the women’s 200 fly, as she clocked her third 1:53-point in the event this season. Today, she swam a 1:53.97, which is just a few tenths off the 1:53.48 she swam yesterday, as well as her personal best of 1;53.25.

This was once again another race where ASU went 1-2, as Jade Foelske picked up second. She swam a 1:57.14 today after clocking a 1:56.70 yesterday. In third was Cal’s Lizzy Cook, who went 1:59.02.

Score Update: ASU 81, Cal 44

MEN’S 200 FLY

  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 1:40.20
  • NCAA ‘B’ Cut:  1:46.31
  • 2022 Invite Time: 1:42.42
  1. Alex Colson, ASU — 1:41.45
  2. Andrew Gray, ASU — 1:43.20
  3. Dare Rose, Cal — 1:46.44

Like in the women’s race, ASU had a dominant 1-2 finish in the men’s 200 fly. Alex Colson took first, and even though he faded on his final 50 (his splits were 22.34/25.80/25.89/27.42), he still swam fast enough to win by nearly two seconds. He was slightly slower than his 1:40.99 from yesterday.

In second was ASU’s Andrew Gray, who outsplit Colson on the final 50 (27.41 to 27.42) and swam a 1:43.20. Gray was just 0.1 seconds off his 1:43.10 from yesterday. Cal’s Dare Rose placed third in a time of 1:46.44. Rose is the third-fastest performer of the 2022-23 season with a season-best of 1:41.01, sitting just behind Colson and Leon Marchand.

Score Update: ASU 88, Cal 42

WOMEN’S 50 FREE

  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 21.66
  • NCAA ‘B’ Cut: 22.71
  • 2022 Invite Time: 22.16
  1. Mckenna Stone, Cal — 23.06
  2. Molly Batchelor, ASU — 23.07
  3. Erin Milligan, ASU — 23.15

In the closest race of this meet, Cal sprinter Mckenna Stone out-touched ASU’s Molly Batchelor by just 0.01 seconds, winning in a time of 23.06. This time is Stone’s fastest-ever from a dual meet, beating out the 23.07 that she swam at the Cal-UVA dual meet last year.

Second, third and fourth place in this race were just 0.13 seconds apart, as Batchleor clocked a 23.07 for second, Erin Milligan swam a 23.15 for third, and Ella Mazurek swam a 23.20 for fourth.

Score Update: ASU 89, Cal 55

MEN’S 50 FREE

  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 18.88
  • NCAA ‘B’ Cut: 19.82
  • 2022 Invite Time: 19.28
  1. Jack Dolan, ASU — 19.21
  2. Bjorn Seeliger, Cal — 19.41
  3. Max McCusker, ASU — 19.75

Jack Dolan out-touched Bjorn Seeliger by 0.2 seconds to win this 50 free race, putting up his fastest dual meet time ever. In fact, the 19.21 he swam today was even faster than his 2021-22 season-best, which was a 19.16 clocked at NCAAs. Seeliger swam a 19.41 for second, while Max McCusker swam a 19.75 to make it a ASU 1-3 finish. McCusker was 0.2 seconds slower than the 19.55 he swam  to win this even yesterday.

Score Update: ASU 102, Cal 47

WOMEN’S 100 FREE

  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 47.18
  • NCAA ‘B’ Cut: 49.44
  • 2022 Invite Time: 48.44
  1. Molly Batchelor, ASU — 49.44
  2. Erin Milligan, ASU — 49.48
  3. Ieva Maluka, ASU — 49.56

Just minutes after taking second in the 50 free, Molly Batchelor came back to win the 100 free in a close race with her teammates Erin Milligan and Ieva Maluka. Batchelor was first at the 50 by 0.12 seconds, but Milligan outsplit Batchelor 25.28 to 25.36 to come back and close the gap between the two swimmers. At the end of the race, Batchelor, Milligan, and Maluka all went under 50 seconds, being the only swimmers to do so in the race.

In fact, Batchelor’s time was a personal best, beating her 49.88 from the NC State invite.

Score Update: ASU 105, Cal 58

MEN’S 100 FREE

  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 41.64
  • NCAA ‘B’ Cut: 43.59
  • 2022 Invite Time: 42.34
  1. Grant House, ASU — 42.63
  2. Jack Dolan, ASU — 42.64
  3. Bjorn Seeliger, Cal — 43.04

The men’s 100 free was also a very close race, as Grant House and Jack Dolan were just separated by 0.01 seconds at the finish. Dolan opened in a 20.22 compared to House’s 20.68 and was far ahead at the first 50, but House had a 21.95 final 50 compared to Dolan’s 22.42 and ended up running him down at the finish. House was just 0.09 seconds off of his winning time of 42.54 from yesterday.

Bjorn Seeliger placed third with a 43.04 after finishing second in the 50 free. He was slower than House and Dolan on the start and opened in 20.83, but closed faster than Dolan with a 22.21 final 50.

Score Update: ASU 117, Cal 51

WOMEN’S 200 BACK

  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 1:50.50
  • NCAA ‘B’ Cut: 1:57.07
  • 2022 Invite Time: 1:53.97
  1. Isabelle Stadden, Cal — 1:54.82
  2. Charli Brown, ASU — 1:57.60
  3. Annika McEnroe, Cal — 1:58.73

Isabelle Stadden made it a backstroke sweep today by winning the 200 back with a near-three second margin of victory. 1:54.82 is a very solid time for Stadden, as it was considerably faster than the 1:57.21 she swam against Arizona yesterday. In addition, the time is also faster than the two 1:56-point 200 backs that she swam in January 2022.

In second was Charli Brown, who was a little bit over a second slower than the 1:56.54 she swam yesterday. Annika McEnroe was over a second behind Brown for third, swimming a 1:58.73

Score Update: ASU 112, Cal 70

MEN’S 200 BACK

  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 1:39.13
  • NCAA ‘B’ Cut: 1:44.82
  • 2022 Invite Time: 1:40.92
  1. Destin Lasco, Cal — 1:41.24
  2. Hubert Kos, ASU — 1:41.48
  3. Owen McDonald, ASU — 1:44.45

Like in the 100 back, Destin Lasco and Hubert Kos were in another head-to-head matchup in the 200, but it was much closer this time around. At the 100, Kos split 49.60 compared to Lasco’s 50.54 and was leading by nearly a second. Lasco and Kos then both split 25.91 on their third 50, before Lasco went blistering 24.79 to close and overtake Kos, who split 25.97. Lasco’s season-best currently stands at a 1:39.09, while Kos shaved 0.02 seconds off his personal best swam yesterday.

In third was ASU’s Owen McDonald, who clocked a 1:44.45.

Score Update: ASU 125, Cal 62

WOMEN’S 200 BREAST

  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 2:06.18
  • NCAA ‘B’ Cut: 2:13.89
  • 2022 Invite Time: 2:09.15
  1. Iza Adame, ASU — 2:12.57
  2. Emma Gehlert, ASU — 2:13.54
  3. Izzy Krantzke, ASU — 2:14.98

ASU went 1-2-3-4 in the women’s 200 breast, with Iza Adame leading the pack. She swam a 2:12.57 to win by nearly a second, gettin very close to her best time of 2:12.18 from November 2021. Second-place finisher Emma Gehlert and third-place finisher Izzy Krantzke were a second apart, swimming times of 2:13.54 and 2;14.98 respectivley.

Score Update: ASU 128, Cal 70

MEN’S 200 BREAST

  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 1:51.54
  • NCAA ‘B’ Cut: 1:57.95
  • 2022 Invite Time: 1:53.23
  1. Leon Marchand, ASU — 1:48.82
  2. Reece Whitley, Cal — 1:55.46
  3. David Schlicht, ASU — 1:55.74

After Marchand swam his second-ever sub-1:50 200 breast yesterday, he clocked another one—this time putting up a 1:48.82 to get under the 1:49 barrier as well to reset the top time in the country. He was dominant in his race throughout, beating second-place finisher Reece Whitley by nearly seven seconds. You can read more about Marchand’s swims here.

There was a close battle between Reece Whtiley and David Schlicht for second, but Whitley ended up getting the best of Schlicht by a few tenths. Schlicht was 0.05 seconds slower than his time from yesterday that had him finish second.

Score Update: ASU 148, Cal 76

WOMEN’S 500 FREE

  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 4:35.76
  • NCAA ‘B’ Cut: 4:47.20
  • 2022 Invite Time: 4:43.08
  1. Linsday Looney, ASU — 4:45.59
  2. Molly Batchelor, ASU — 4:46.90
  3. Katherine Randall, ASU — 4:50.60

In another impressive showing for the ASU won, Linsday Looney, Molly Batchelor, and Katherine Randall went 1-2-3, with Batchelor and Randall both getting under the 4:50 barrier. Batchelor showed great freestyle range today, swimming the 50, 100, and 500 free events. This swim was a near personal best for Randall, who has been as fast as 4:50.51 in the past.

Score Update: ASU 157, Cal 76

MEN’S 500 FREE

  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 4:11.40
  • NCAA ‘B’ Cut: 4:22.35
  • 2022 Invite Time: 4:14.96
  1. Zalan Sarkany, ASU — 4:17.81
  2. Julian Hill, ASU — 4:19.96
  3. Andrew Gray, ASU — 4:23.02

Zalan Sarkany swept the distance events, clocking a 4:17.81 to win the 500 free. This swim marked a new best time for the Hungarian, as he shaved 0.02 seconds off his 4:17.83 from yesterday. Behind him were ASU teammates Julian Hill and Andrew Gray, who swam times of 4:19.96 and 4:23.02 respectivley.

Score Update: ASU 164, Cal 79

WOMEN’S 100 FLY

  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 50.92
  • NCAA ‘B’ Cut: 53.69
  • 2022 Invite Time: 52.35
  1. Mia Kragh, Cal — 53.48/Jade Foelske, ASU — 53.48
  2. Ieva Maluka, ASU — 53.70

Cal’s Mia Kragh and ASU’s Jade Foelske both touched in a 53.48 to take the win. That was 0.06 faster for Kragh than she was yesterday as she swam a 53.56 in her win against Arizona. Foelske was slightly faster than she was yesterday against Stanford as she swam a 53.87 to finish fourth then.

Score Update: ASU 166.5, Cal 85.5

MEN’S 100 FLY

  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 44.82
  • NCAA ‘B’ Cut: 47.23
  • 2022 Invite Time: 45.57
  1. Max McCusker, ASU — 45.67
  2. Alex Colson, ASU — 46.14
  3. Cody Bybee, ASU — 46.68

ASU went 1-2-3 here in the 100 fly and were led by Max McCusker. McCusker got his first individual win of the day. The Florida State transfer won in a 45.67 which is not far off his best time of 45.01, which he swam at midseason invites. Alex Colson was second in a 46.14. Colson has a best time of 45.02 from 2022 Pac-12s.

Score Update: ASU 180, Cal 82

WOMEN’S 400 IM

  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 4:03.62
  • NCAA ‘B’ Cut: 4:17.30
  • 2022 Invite Time: 4:10.00
  1. Charli Brown, ASU – 4:11.05
  2. Leah Polonsky, Cal – 4:22.48
  3. Fanni Fabian, Cal – 4:22.75

ASU’s Charli Brown picks up her first win today, and did it by a sizable margin. After finishing second in both backstroke events, Brown got it done winning by over 11 seconds here in the 400 IM. The Australian was not far off her best time of 4:09.78 which she swam at midseason. 

Cal had a 2-3 finish from Leah Polonsky and Fanni Fabian. Polonsky swam a 4:14.53 at this meet a year ago and has a best time of 4:03.90, and Fabian has a best time of 4:14.19 which she swam at this season’s midseason.

Score Update: 178.5, Cal 92.5

MEN’S 400 IM

  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 3:39.16
  • NCAA ‘B’ Cut: 3:51.31
  • 2022 Invite Time: 3:43.50
  1. Leon Marchand, ASU — 3:31.84 (NCAA/US Open record)
  2. Hubert Kos, ASU — 3:43.77
  3. David Schlict, ASU — 3:46.52

The ASU men earned the sweep here to close out the individual events. Leon Marchand went 3 for 3 on his individual events today, swimming the top time in the NCAA in all three. In addition, Marchand swam a new NCAA record here in the 400 IM. Marchand’s swim broke Cal’s Hugo Gonzalez’s record which stood at a 3:32.88 from last year’s NCAA Championships. Gonzalez swam the 400 IM here finishing fifth in a 3:57.92. 

Hubert Kos continued his successful debut-weekend touching second in a 3:43.77, finishing second for the third time today.

Gonzalez, the man who got his record broken today, placed fifth in a time of 3;57.92

Score Update: ASU 196, Cal 85

WOMEN’S 400 FREE RELAY

  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 3:14.40
  • NCAA ‘B’ Cut: 3:16.32
  1. ASU ‘A’ Relay — 3:17.42
  2. Cal ‘A’ Relay — 3:20.99
  3. ASU ‘B’ Relay — 3:22.23

The Sun Devil relay of Lindsay Looney (49.51), Ieva Maluka (49.08), Erin Milligan (49.66), and Molly Batchelor (49.17) closed the meet with a win in the 400 free relay. Maluka’s 49.08 was the fastest split of the flying starts.

In second was Cal’s Emma Davidson (50.66), Ayla Spitz (49.71), Emily Gantriis (50.88), and Isabelle Stadden (49.74), who combined for a time of 3:20.99.

Score Update: ASU 191.5, Cal 96.5

 MEN’S 400 FREE RELAY

  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 2:50.52
  • NCAA ‘B’ Cut: 2:52.44
  1. ASU ‘A’ Relay — 2:48.25
  2. ASU ‘B’ Relay — 2:52.46
  3. Cal ‘A’ Relay — 2:53.05

The ASU men closed the meet how they began, firing on all cylinders with a 1-2 finish in the 400 free relay. The ‘A’ relay of Jack Dolan (42.53), Jonny Kulow (41.75), Max McCusker (42.33), and Grant House (41.64) swam to a final time of 2:48.25. House’s anchor was the fastest rolling split of the field. Their final time was not far off of their time from midseason as they swam a 2:47.93 then which stands as the #2 time in the NCAA so far this season. 

The ASU ‘B’ relay of Patrick Sammon (43.46), Cody Bybee (42.67), Tiago Behar (42.82), and Julian Hill (43.51) were second with a 2:52.46, while Cal’s Jack Alexy (43.90), Bjorn Seeliger (43.07), Destin Lasco (42.82), and Robin Hanson (43.26) were third in a time of 2:53.05.

Score Update: ASU 211, Cal 87

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Geo Durin
15 days ago

My guess is ASU is resting a little right now so they can train through conference and be 100% at NCAA.

Joel Lin
16 days ago

Next dual meet Cal hosts USC & the gaslighting we all need is for their opening 200MR relays to align behind the blocks eating In-n-Out burgers before the event. Sends a message:

Ok. Fine. We will entertain in sequence by each completing 2 laps in 1 of the 4 strokes. For you.

Oldmanswimmer
16 days ago

All will be answered in March, let’s wait and see…should be fun!

Sherry Smit
16 days ago

Look out for Mia Kragh!

Siebro78
16 days ago

ASU leaving it all for a dual meet and not pac-12s or NCAAs… 😭😂😂😂 horns are going to demolish them come March

Swimmka
Reply to  Siebro78
16 days ago

I do not think so. Especially that for Kos and Sarkany it was the first ever race in SCY. What they can do if they get used to it🤔

dscott
Reply to  Siebro78
16 days ago

You are just guessing, for what you desire. And you are wrong. They were suited and psyched up to swim hard. They were not rested. And they have significantly greater goals.

Riccardo
Reply to  dscott
16 days ago

Just looking at the results for their guys from the fall duel meets there had to be some element of rest.

That doesn’t mean they can’t be better than they were this weekend but saying “no rest” isn’t true.

Colson was 1:49 in the 200 fly at UGA and went 1:40 this weekend. McCusker was 48.1 in the 100 Fly at UGA and went 45.6.

That’s not just “psyched up and suited.”

DKdevil
Reply to  Siebro78
16 days ago

My son is on the ASU team and I asked him on Thursday if they were resting and the answer was “No”. My son was 6 seconds off his best time in the 500. Kos’s converted 200 back time is a 1:38. He went a 1:41. Yes, they were suited, but they suit up often. It’s a coaching mental strategy and I like it. I also swam at Arizona State in the 80s and 90s, and we never did that. Odd to me, but makes sense from a mental standpoint. The distance group was hitting almost 20,000 yards on their double days during Christmas training and a little bit after that. I don’t know what they did on Thursday afternoon,… Read more »

Geo
Reply to  DKdevil
15 days ago

If they suit up often but weren’t rested why didn’t they go anywhere near these times in their previous dual meets this year? If they were really doing as much yardage over Christmas training as your son says and took no rest leading up to this meet you’d think they would be slower, not faster… If I am gonna be honest with you your kid is lying to you. I don’t know about you but me as a father would not put up with that.

Obviously
Reply to  Geo
5 days ago

kids lyin fs. asu is a publicity stunt of a team.

#MFan
16 days ago

the ASU men finished 1-8 in the 400 IM… if you include the 4 EXH swimmers

Andrew
16 days ago

does cal have no pride whatsoever? like why would you let a rival, in-conference team suit up and run all over you.

i get cal only swims fast once a year, but I wish they actually cared about this dual meet

Flatlander
Reply to  Andrew
16 days ago

I’m not sure ASU is a “rival.” This was obiously a work out meet for Cal. Speedos, hairy bodies and the look of a team who is training right now.

dscott
Reply to  Flatlander
16 days ago

There is of course “some degree” of truth in what you say … but not 211 – 87 ;worth of “degree.”

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Andrew
16 days ago

they ain’t got that dawg in em

Jonny Newsom
Reply to  Andrew
16 days ago

Andrew, if you follow the Cal program you will find that there is consistently one meet that they focus on annually. It’s not a dual meet and it’s not Pac 12’s. This has nothing to do with “pride” but instead a pretty big meet in late March in Minneapolis.

Suiiiii
Reply to  Jonny Newsom
16 days ago

A pretty big meet that ASU is going to beat them at lol

Andrew
Reply to  Jonny Newsom
16 days ago

If a rival in conference team suits up, you suit up too. Dual meet etiquette…

Jonny Newsom
Reply to  Andrew
16 days ago

Apparently not. And they most certainly aren’t our rival.

dscott
Reply to  Jonny Newsom
16 days ago

Wasn’t before.

Joel Lin
Reply to  Andrew
16 days ago

That’s literally not how this works. Some programs, most notably Florida, never ever suit up unless it is a championship meet or a selection meet.

Cal will be ready in March. They always are.

Ob man
Reply to  Andrew
16 days ago

Cal is obviously less rested, so suiting up and not swimming fast would make little sense. May even hurt confidence. Saying they have to suit up for a dual meet because another team does so is like saying they have to shave down because another team does so… dual meet etiquette in my book (if we’re being old fashioned) is briefs only. If you wanna suit up, do time trials during a practice.

Forkfull
Reply to  Andrew
16 days ago

Etiquette has always been you tell the team you’re suiting up. ASU made it known, Cal chose not to- is what it is. If anything, etiquette would be not suiting up if you know your opponent isn’t going to, but that’s as stupid as exhibitioning swimmers to make a meet look closer.

FWIW, I agree with Cal’s decision- one look at the media pics ASU has been posting and it’s clear their guys not only suited, but shaved as well (no matter what Grant House’s beard says- look at the rest of his body), which indicates some pretty significant rest. What does Cal mentally gain from throwing suits on and probably still losing to a more shaved and rested… Read more »

Forkfull
Reply to  Forkfull
16 days ago

***January, not March. Rings are most definitely won in March.

dscott
Reply to  Forkfull
16 days ago

Shaved. Really? Pride comes before the fall.

Erik
Reply to  Forkfull
16 days ago

Why does one need to rest to shave? Significant rest, based on some pics, is that the proof you have?

Swimmka
Reply to  Jonny Newsom
16 days ago

Looking back the time gap between ASU and Cal swimmer I doubt that focus will not be sufficient to close up…

dscott
Reply to  Jonny Newsom
16 days ago

Be careful not to so fully buy your own baloney, Jonny.

Cal, and every other significant program, tries to swim some degree of fast at least 5-7 times a year, partly because almost everyone has to swim fast to qualify to even get into the next level meets. Ask Robin Hanson about the struggles he had to even get to to the NCAA meet despite his history as a successful international athlete.

Fastest, twice a year: NCAA and LCM Trials meets.

90-95% fast: at meets to confirm qualification for concluding meets, usually some combination of Fall invitational and conference meets, and sometimes for either a rival (Stanford for Cal) meet or a best competitor(this year, Cal/Stanford for ASU)… Read more »

swimmertx
Reply to  dscott
16 days ago

Just accept that the Bears are perfectly fine for where they are at in this point of the season. Also, Jonny is one of our Cal swim alums so I would imagine he has much more insight into the state of the program than us armchair commentators.

dscott
Reply to  swimmertx
15 days ago

As a Cal swim alum, Jonny should be justifiably proud of the program of which he was a part. That doesn’t increase the objective credibility of his positions.

It is a program with a wonderful history I was at the rest meets in 1979 when they first got over the NCAA mountain. Nort was a gem. R.I.P. But every year is a new challenge, with at least slightly changing hurdles. Cal certainly may still beat everyone again in March (including ASU), but the Sun Devils have at least objectively earned the respect of being a growing hurdle.

Jonny Newsom
Reply to  dscott
15 days ago

Look, ASU is very good and it’s impressive what they are doing. I’m simply saying we aren’t going to suit up or come down at all for a mid January meet after getting our asses kicked in altitude for 2 weeks. We will stick to the plan and be ready for NCAA’s. Should be a helluva meet. Come find me there, I’m easy to spot.

swim alum
Reply to  Andrew
16 days ago

Dual meets don’t matter…

Bigboy21
Reply to  Andrew
16 days ago

I get the emphasis on NCAAs but what was the point of Cal turning up and swimming so slow. I mean like Hugo swimming 25 seconds slower than his PB. If Cal is going to swim like today they should just stay at home, save the airfares and just train cos what benefit could Cal taken frm this meet. The weather wasn’t even any good!

Andrew
Reply to  Bigboy21
16 days ago

touche

Ob man
Reply to  Bigboy21
16 days ago

It’s important to practice preparing as well as you can after getting off a plane. Cal didn’t swim “fast” when compared to their PBs but you’re comparing them to a suited and (in my opinion) over rested ASU team. Seeliger went 19.4 and 43.0 in briefs. That’s Dressel league stuff. Also, to my knowledge if a team doesn’t use their allocated budget for the year, it is reduced in the following year. So it’s actually important that they use and see value in the financial resources they’re given by their organisation.

Erik
Reply to  Ob man
16 days ago

Do you know they’re rested, I’ve not done an exhaustive search to find proof? Is it just your eye test?

dscott
Reply to  Ob man
15 days ago

“…doesn’t use allocated budget…?” “…se value in the financial resources…?”

Where did we jump the shark from the pool to administration issues?

dscott
Reply to  Andrew
15 days ago

Lesco, Polonsky, for sure, and, to a just slightly lesser degree, Seeliger, Bell, Whitley and Alexy, showed their champion pride. Most of the other Bears looked like they were not just wearing briefs but motivated as though they were up against Pacific or Utah. They weren’t.

Swimswam follower
16 days ago

WOW!!!!!!!! Marchand
ASU’s Townley Haas lookalike.
He may break 3:30 before all is said and done.
Closest thing to Phelps since he retired.
Believe me, he’s not completely rested, no reason, it’s January.
Very exciting to watch.

Swimswam follower
Reply to  Swimswam follower
16 days ago

We need to hear from Bobo Gigi.
Regardless, I’m sure he’s smiling somewhere ☺️

Alex Wilson
Reply to  Swimswam follower
16 days ago

Phelps was at the meet with his family cheering ASU on.

ct swim fan
Reply to  Swimswam follower
16 days ago

The rest comment is delusional.

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Although Yanyan wasn't the greatest competitive swimmer, she learned more about the sport of swimming through scoring countless dual meets, being a timer, and keeping track of her teammates' best times for three years as a team manager. She eventually ventured into the realm of writing and joined SwimSwam in …

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