Cal Men Win 17 of 18 Swimming Events En Route To Fourth-Straight Pac-12 Title

2021 MEN’S PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Cal Bears put on a dominant display in the pool to win a fourth consecutive men’s Pac-12 title in Houston on Wednesday, topping the runner-up Stanford Cardinal by 182 points. This is the Bears’ eighth conference title in program history and sixth under head coach Dave Durden.

After sitting in fifth after the meet’s diving portion, Cal gradually erased the deficit by winning every swimming event over the first two days of competition, ultimately going 17/18 in the pool, including sweeping all five relays.

Cal finished with a total of 970 points, followed by Stanford (788) and Arizona (644). Despite the absence of Arizona State, who opted to redshirt its entire for the season, this wasn’t a record-high point total for the Bears. It’s still the third-highest since 2000, trailing Stanford’s 990.5 in 2007 and Cal’s 971 in 2018.

The team was led by a stellar senior class that included Ryan HofferTrenton JulianDaniel CarrBryce MeffordSean Grieshop and Zach Yeadon.

Hoffer was named Swimmer of the Meet by sweeping his individual events for the second straight year, winning the 50 free, 100 free and 100 fly for 60 points.

Also winning multiple individual events in his senior season was Julian, who set a new program record in the 500 free and then a new conference mark in the 200 fly, becoming the third-fastest performer in history.

Juniors Hugo Gonzalez, Reece Whitley and freshman Destin Lasco were also double-winners, each earning a sweep in their respective events. Gonzalez won the 200 and 400 IM, Whitley repeated as champion in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, and Lasco earned Pac-12 titles in the 100 and 200 backstroke.

Yeadon, who transferred over from Notre Dame this past summer, was the other individual champion on the roster, winning the 1650 free on the final night.

Below, check out all of Cal’s individual scorers:

Along with individual winners, the team also received meaningful contributions from a strong freshman class, led by Lasco, but also including Bjorn SeeligerDare Rose, Tyler Kopp and Forrest Frazier. Sophomores Colby Mefford and Sebastian Somerset also made noteworthy strides.

Seeliger in particular was a star on the relays, producing the fastest 50 free split in the nation this season at 18.38, and going 41-point on two occasions in the 100 free with a rolling start.

FINAL TEAM SCORES

  1. Cal, 970
  2. Stanford, 788
  3. Arizona, 644
  4. Utah, 420
  5. USC, 414

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CosPac
3 months ago

Sorry if I missed it, but what was the J Louser explanation?

cal fan
Reply to  CosPac
3 months ago

mans got covid

BearlyBreathing
3 months ago

Maybe I have a short memory but this is the strongest Cal men’s team I can remember. They have a legitimate contender for national champion in every single event. Maybe not the favorite, but a contender. Balanced with no glaring holes at all which might have happened in previous years. And behind them is some depth in almost every event. 5 top tier relays. Contributions across all the classes. No real LCM international superstars but boy do they swim fast in the short pool.
Yeah I know Texas is strong, loaded, unreal, blah blah blah but I am going to bet they fold like a power grid run by libertarian cowboys come late March.
This might be the… Read more »

Last edited 3 months ago by BearlyBreathing
Murphy is my dad
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
3 months ago

Whats good with Cal’s divers tho? Will they be able to compete without those events?

BearlyBreathing
Reply to  Murphy is my dad
3 months ago

Ahhh yes. Well played my sober friend. Good question. I don’t know.

Austinpoolboy
Reply to  Murphy is my dad
3 months ago

Jordan Windle may be the difference maker for Texas. Who knows: 60-80 pts?

Admin
Reply to  Austinpoolboy
3 months ago

Unless they put him on a relay, it’d be hard for him to get over 60 points…

Horninco
Reply to  Braden Keith
3 months ago

Who knows, maybe he has great underwater‘s

bobthebuilderrocks
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
3 months ago

I gotta say, maybe it’s been the lack of swimming over the past yearish, but I feel like this might be one of the closest meets between the two teams in a while. It just seems like a lot of the relay tems have similar times and both teams are pretty loaded in their respective events.

Austinpoolboy
Reply to  bobthebuilderrocks
3 months ago

Cals scary scoring depth in 200 back may put it away on last day

Bobthebuilderrocks
Reply to  Austinpoolboy
3 months ago

Starting to wish Willenbring, Vines and Park were swimming haha.

DMSWIM
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
3 months ago

I LOLed at your power grid comment…

Horninco
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
3 months ago

I have felt that Texas was the favorite all year long, but damn if Cal didn’t just change my mind. Cal has more top and talent but Texas is deeper.

I think Texas will get a lot more B finalist then Cal, so the question will then become how well they maximize those B finalists. And diving

You will see Cal on top or near the top of the podium a lot more than Texas

It’s going to be a great meet and could very well come down to the last relay

SwimCoach
3 months ago

How does Cal have over 18 scoring competitors?

Admin
Reply to  SwimCoach
3 months ago

Teams are allowed to have 24 scoring entrants, including divers. Each diver counts as 1/2 an official entry.

So, in theory, a team could have 48 scorers, if they entered 48 divers in the meet, each only dove in one event, and they took 1-16 in all three disciplines.

PVSFree
Reply to  Braden Keith
3 months ago

University of Miami is taking notes

Admin
Reply to  PVSFree
3 months ago

Miami’s real problem is that men’s diving is held with women’s swimming. Otherwise, if I’m the coach I put my divers in relays and tell them to “just finish legally” and take the points.

Probably not worth the separate trip just for that.

Joe
Reply to  Braden Keith
3 months ago

How many points would that score?

Admin
Reply to  Joe
3 months ago

In a 16-place scoring meet like Pac-12 men, each event awards a total of 155 points, barring DQs.

So that would score 465. Which this week would’ve been enough for 4th place.

Could score another 140 points by putting them all in relays and finishing legally. Add in those 140 points and you’re still in 4th place though.

PVSFree
Reply to  Braden Keith
3 months ago

All I want to see is an army of 48 divers roll on to deck and manage to get 4th overall

SwimCoach
Reply to  Braden Keith
3 months ago

Most College Conferences in the country, including the NCAA championships is 18 scoring competitors (even with divers as 1/3 or 1/2 depending on the inclusion of tower diving). Is the PAC-12 different in this way?

Last edited 3 months ago by SwimCoach
Admin
Reply to  SwimCoach
3 months ago

Most conferences are not in fact 18 scoring competitors.

Some are, but not most, and every conference is a little different.

Pac-12 is 24 with divers counting as 1/2. SEC is 22 with no differentiation on swimmer or diver. ACC is 21 athlete max, up to 18 swimmers and up to 3 divers. Big Ten is 24 with divers counting as half (though there’s talk that this is going to be reduced in the near future).

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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