The Cal Bears hosted the Utah Utes today, easily handling their PAC-12 guests 174-120 in the women’s dual and 165-128 for the men. While the Utes were no match for the strength of the Bears’ roster, both teams managed to turn in times that will impact the early season rankings.
In the women’s dual, Cal won 13 of the 16 events. Amy Bilquist and Katie McLaughlin were double event winners, with Bilquist taking the 50 free (23.05) and 200 back (1:57.03,) and McLaughlin winning the 200 and 500 freestyles. McLaughlin’s times of 1:47.65 and 4:50.40 are currently ranked #3 and #2 so far for the 2015-16 NCAA Season.
Other Cal times making dents in the rankings were Celina Li’s 400 IM win of 4:16.23 which ranks #2 so far, and Noemie Thomas‘ 100 fly now topping the list with 53.78.
The Cal ladies were not the only impressive performances of the day. Breaststroke was a bright spot for the Utah women, as Stina Colleou was able to edge Cal’s Kathleen Baker in the 100, 1:03.66 to 1:03.88 for the win. Utah also took ownership of the 200 breast, as Colleou (2:15.45) finished second, just behind teammate Genevieve Robertson. Robertson’s 2:14.49 is good enough for 4th so far in the NCAA rankings. Ute diver Amanda Casillas also won the 1-meter in 302.70, over 20 points ahead of Cal’s Phoebe LaMay.
The Cal men managed to take the top spot in all but two events, with Andrew Seliskar and Ryan Murphy leading the way, taking two events each. Seliskar swam the 200 breast in 2:00.46, and held off Utah’s Paul Unger in the 100 back, 49.11 to 49.25. Murphy won the 50 free in 20.15 and took the win and top ranked time so far in the NCAA with 47.22 for the 100 fly.
Other high ranking times turned in by Cal include Josh Prenot’s 1:45.27 in the 200 fly that lands him in the #2 spot nationally, and Jacob Pebley’s 200 back that ranks him #3 with 1:45.77. Utah’s Kristian Kron was right behind him with a #5 ranked 1:46.00 backstroke as well.
Utah took first and second in both diving events. Josiah Purss won the 1-meter (363.08) and 3-meter ( 362.70,) while teammate Jake Crayne was second in both, scoring 317.40 and 343.80 in those events respectively. Utah’s only other event winner was Bence Kiraly in the 500 free, whose 4:28.04 ranks #6 so far on the season. Kiraly also nearly took the win in the 200 free away from Cal’s Trent Williams, who out-touched him 1:37.08 to 1:37.44. Those times land them third and fourth in the NCAA at this date.
Tomorrow, Utah continues their road trip with a dual at Stanford, starting at 2pm PST.