Cal and Arizona State both Beat Pac-12 Record with 2:45 400 Free Relays

2022 MEN’S PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIPS

SATURDAY FINALS LIVE RECAP

MEN’S 400 FREESTYLE – TIMED FINALS:

  • NCAA – 2:44.31, NC State (R.Held, J. Ress, J. Molacek, C. Stewart), 2018
  • PAC-12 – 2:46.41,  2019 CAL (Jensen, Sendyk, Hoffer, Seliskar)
  • PAC-12 Champ – 2:46.92, California (M Jensen, P Sendyk, D Carr, R Hoffer), 2020
  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut – 2:50.99

Top 3:

  1. CAL ‘A’ – 2:45.94
  2. ASU ‘A’ – 2:45.95
  3. STAN ‘A’ – 2:47.17

Cal and Arizona State sent the 2022 Men’s Pac-12 Swimming & Diving Championships out in style, both beating the Pac-12 record, and giving us an incredible race in the process. Cal’s Bjorn Seeliger, who won the 100 free earlier in tonight’s session, provided a heroic 40.91 anchor split, getting his hand on the wall 0.01 seconds ahead of Arizona State’s Leon Marchand.

Both performances were, of course, program records. For Cal, they down a 3-year-old record of 2:46.41, which was set at the 2019 NCAA Championships. Arizona State beat out their previous of 2:47.24. That record was set in 2020, and included Jack Dolan and Carter Swift, both of whom were on tonight’s relay.

In addition to the new Pac-12 conference record for Cal, the Golden Bears and Sun Devils are now the 2 fastest teams in the NCAA this season in the event. Additionally, their times tonight make them the 4th and 5th fastest programs in history in the SCY 400 free relay.

Here is a split comparison between the newly-updated all-time top 5 programs in the 400 free relays:

Note: To be clear, Cal and ASU’s times tonight make them the 4th and 5th fastest programs in NCAA history. Both NC State and Texas have been faster than tonight’s times on multiple occasions.

Swimmer NC State – 2018 NCAA Championships Texas – 2019 NCAA Championships Florida – 2018 NCAA Championships CAL – 2022 Pac-12 Championships ASU – 2022 Pac-12 Championships
1st Ryan Held (41.05) Daniel Krueger (41.73) Khader Baqlah (42.28) Dylan Hawk (42.19) Grant House (41.77)
2nd Justin Ress (40.62) John Shebat (41.65) Jan Switkowski (41.25) Jack Alexy (41.14) Carter Swift (41.46)
3rd Jacob Molacek (41.02) Tate Jackson (40.98) Caeleb Dressel (40.25) Hugo Gonzalez (41.70) Jack Dolan (41.46)
4th Coleman Stewart (41.62) Townley Haas (40.76) Mark Szaranek (41.95) Bjorn Seeliger (40.91) Leon Marchand (41.26)
FINAL TIME 2:44.31 2:45.12 2:45.73 2:45.94 2:45.95

Notably, one thing Cal’s relay tonight has in common with the 3 relays that have previously been faster is that all four teams had a 40-point split on their relay.

Another thing of note: Arizona State’s Grant House broke the ASU program record with his 41.77 lead-off split.

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matt
5 months ago

i feel like the 400 record will be broken in this yr or next years ncaa champs

Alex Wilson
5 months ago

This was the year of the underclassmen in the PAC 12. Incredible performances by Marchand, Minakov, both freshman, and Seeliger, a sophomore!

Bud
5 months ago

Crazy that this year’s Cal guys are faster than any team they could build around Hoffer and Biondi over the past four years.
Kudos!

Last edited 5 months ago by Bud
go bears
Reply to  Bud
5 months ago

biondi…not the contributor. i believe SELISKAR is the name youre looking for