Cal vs USC (Men only)
- Feb. 3, 2023
- SCY (25 yards)
- Cal 171.5- USC 124.5
The defending NCAA Champions Cal men defeated Pac-12 opponent USC Friday afternoon. Leading the way for Cal was Lucas Henveaux who won the 1000 free in a 8:57.64. Notably, that is the fastest 1000 from Cal all season. Henveaux was not suited up. He also was second in the the 500 free, touching in a 4:21.84.
Henveaux arrives from Belgium. He is strongest in the middle distance freestyle events having long course meters best times of 1:48.30 in the 200, 3:51.99 in the 400, and 8:06.70 in the 800. Those times convert to a 1:34.68, 4:19.93, and a 9:05.32 respectively according to SwimSwam’s classic converter.
Henveaux’s converted 200 free time would currently be fourth on the Cal roster, meaning he may be a boost to their 800 free relay. The Cal men were fourth in the 800 free relay at last year’s NCAA Championships. All four of their relay members split sub-1:32. Notably, the Cal men also had no finalists in the 500 free where it took a 4:13.81 to final.
Gabriel Jett picked up two wins on the day. Jett won the 500 free in a 4:19.83 and the 200 fly in a 1:43.03. Notably he won the 200 fly by over four seconds.
Also highlighting the meet for Cal was Destin Lasco. Lasco won the 200 free in a 1:35.27 and was second in the 100 fly in a 47.88. Lasco also led off Cal’s B 200 medley relay in a 21.40. The team’s A relay was slightly faster than the B team as the A touched in a 1:25.62 and the B swam a 1:26.47. Finishing ahead of Lasco in the 100 fly was Dare Rose,who swam a 47.46.
Jack Alexy had some big swims for Cal. He anchored the medley relay in a 19.07 and won the 50 freestyle individually in a 19.64, being the only man under the 20 second mark. He also split a 42.25 for the fastest relay split in Cal’s 400 free relay.
In his third meet back for the Bears, Hugo Gonzalez swam a 1:43.36 in the 200 back. That was over four seconds faster than he swam two weeks ago at Arizona State. Gonzalez does not swim the 200 SCY back often, but has already swam it more this season than all of last season. Notably, he was 13th in the LCM 200 back at 2022 Worlds.
Highlighting the meet for USC was Chris O’Grady who won the men’s 100 breast in a 53.53. That was his fastest time in the event in a dual meet this season. Sean Wang also won both diving events for USC, helping pick up 18 points.
Other event winners:
- 100 free: Bjorn Seeliger, Cal 42.78
- 100 back: Colby Mefford, Cal 48.12
- 200 breast: Reece Whitley, Cal 1:53.92
- 200 IM: Ben Dillard, USC 1:50.88 (Cal’s Kaspm Louser was exhibitioned and went a 1:47.67)
To all the delusional Cal fans complaining that Texas always has better recruiting classes and Cal does more with less, I will say you are dead wrong.
Cal brings in these international guys who are absolutely cracked and NCAA championship ready and that doesn’t technically add to their recruiting power rankings
Kaspm is a nice way to spell (what I assume) is Jason 😂
How much eligibility does he have? Guessing just this year since he’s already a grad student
all these Texas/ASU/NCST fans in the comments crying because they know its over before it starts this year. roll on you bears
If they removed event limits, asu would probably win
I know that Cal and Hugo are just abiding by the rules, which is fine, but can we acknowledge how ridiculous the Covid eligibility rules have become? This man turns 24 in 2 weeks and is swimming against 18 year olds.
Hugo is the Stetson Bennett of NCAA Swimming
I mean olympians are older than 24 year olds and swim against 18 year olds. is that a problem?
You mean just like any other 5th year athlete who redshirted? I’m pretty sure there’re older guys in the league right now, however this extra year from covid will end soon (I think next year is the last one?)
The 2025 NCAA Championship will be the last one with 5th years.
i will be rejoicing for that day
And those 18 year olds will be lucky to race an Olympian or 4 at pac-12s this year.
I def had a problem swimming as an 18 year old freshman against 21/22 year old foreign athletes back in college in the 90s, but honestly, after thinking about it, I, too, could have waited 2 years and then joined the ncaa. It’s all about choices. I chose to compete and then you compete against the best in the world.
But times have changed. We have 15 year old boys going ncaa invite times now. And junior women swimming faster than men 25 did years ago. It’s all about perspective.
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Grant House is actually a year older.
Grant’s dob: 6-19-98
Hugo’s dob: 2-19-99
I would like to know how swimmers are allowed to drop in at the middle of the year with the season already drawing to a close. Apparently not against the rules, but aren’t the people that have been there all year a little resentful of this.
No. Schools know way in advance when a foreign swimming is coming. Sometimes it goes according to plan. Sometimes not. Like Hanoufi at Indiana…
“Hanoufi” lol, soooo close on the spelling
There’s a dude in D3 that’s 26 on Kenyon…
When is the trade deadline for NCAA swimming?
I heard a mid season transfer ended up at Tampa, who went 4:19 in the 500 in a dual meet vs FSU
TU = Transfer University
UT= University of Transfer*
And every transfer from those P5 schools in recent years has gone lifetime bests while earning a pretty good degree on time and enjoying their experiences…
Santi Corredor, who is on his third transfer. He started at UF in 2018, transferred to FSU and swam for them in time for championship season in 2021, and now is listed on the Tampa roster as a junior. How is that possible?
It seems the Marsh effect – importing foreigners for a semester – has arrived in Berkeley.
It’s been at Berkeley since the 80s. Nothing new. Just that Marsh did it very well at Auburn