Hugo Gonzalez Wreaks Backstroke Havoc At Spanish Winter C’Ships


Cal swimming standout Hugo Gonzalez made his mark on these Spanish Winter Championships, taking two events on day 2 of the competition.

The 5th year senior first notched a new meet record in the men’s 200m back, producing a winning effort of 1:50.22. Opening in 53.95 and bringing it home in 56.27, the Spanish Olympian overtook the previous championships mark of 1:52.28 that’s been on the books since 2010.

His outing destroyed his own previous personal best, a time which stood at the 1:52.48 from the 2018 edition of this competition. With this performance, Gonzalez becomes Spain’s #2 best performer all-time, sitting only behind national record holder Ashwin Wildeboer Faber (1:49.22, 2008).

Next on Gonzalez’s list was the 50m back, where he put up a victorious time of 23.83. That represented the only sub-24 second out of the field as well as his first venture into that territory. Entering this meet, Gonzalez’s personal best rested at the 24.10 he logged at the 2018 FINA Short Course World Championships.

Additional winners on night 2 included Lidon Muñoz taking the women’s 100m free in 53.20 while Joan Lluis Pons Ramon did damage in the men’s 400m IM with a time of 4:09.86.

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Sunday Morning Grind
1 year ago

Just my opinion here, I really don’t like the use of “C’ships” in article titles. Feels unprofessional especially when it pops up all the time on this site. Very similar to the use of “sweeps” when talking about dual meets. When I hear “so and so swept so and so” I think “Damn they won every event. That’s crazy.” Rather than just a win. Similar to sweeping a podium being finishing first, second, and third. Downvote away if you disagree.

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Reply to  Sunday Morning Grind
1 year ago

I don’t know anything about news headlines so if there’s a professional reason abbreviations are chosen, I will happily learn it and then shut my mouth. I would simply like to see “championships” instead of the abbreviated form. It appeals to me more but I get that it’s personal preference.

1 year ago

Will he be at Minnesota Invite?

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