Pac-12 Relay Splits: Cal’s Seeliger Drops 18.38 For Season’s Top 50 Leg


Cal freshman Bjorn Seeliger continued his white-hot conference championship debut on Tuesday night in Houston, anchoring the Bears to victory in the 200 medley relay with the fastest 50 free split of the season thus far.

The Swedish native threw down a scintillating 18.38 split, which by all accounts is the first under 18.4 this season. Two others that have been sub-18.5 in 2020-21 are Ohio State’s Sem Andreis (18.43) and Virginia’s Matt Brownstead (18.45).

Seeliger came into the meet with a flat-start best of 19.23, and then broke 19 seconds twice in the individual event on Monday, clocking 18.88 in the heats before going 18.84 in the final. That placed him second to teammate Ryan Hoffer (18.81), and put him third in the nation overall behind fellow first-year Adam Chaney (18.76) and Hoffer.

Later that night, Seeliger (18.66) and Hoffer (18.55) helped Cal to victory in the 200 free relay, swimming second and third.

Seeliger also had a standout 41.21 anchor leg on the 400 medley relay, and swam his first-ever 200 yard free in this morning’s prelims, going 1:35.82 to take 12th before scratching the final.

The 21-year-old will be one to watch out for on Day 4, where he’ll challenge Hoffer for the conference title in the 100 free and feature prominently on Cal’s 400 free relay.


In addition to Seeliger’s anchor leg, there were some other notable splits from the 200 medley relay at Pac-12s tonight, including two sub-20 fly splits from Utah’s Cooper DeRyk and Hoffer.

DeRyk split 19.85, helping lead Utah to a school record and second-place finish, and Hoffer was 19.87.

Those two splits are among a handful of sub-20 fly legs this season, which includes Pittsburgh’s Blaise Vera (19.68), Georgia’s Camden Murphy (19.77), and Michigan’s River Wright (19.88).

Another Ute, Andrew Britton, out-split Reece Whitley (23.38) on breast in 23.28, as did Ryan Foote (23.37) from Arizona’s ‘B’ team.

Back Lead-offs

Swimmer School Split
Daniel Carr Cal 21.11
Ogi Maric Arizona 21.72
Andrei Ungur Utah 21.89
Shane Blinkman Stanford ‘B’ 21.96
Jonny Affeld Stanford 22.10
Jack Kirby USC 22.25
Jack Anderson Arizona ‘B’ 22.25
Isaac Stump Arizona ‘C’ 22.62

Breast Splits

Swimmer School Split
Andrew Britton Utah 23.28
Ryan Foote Arizona ‘B’ 23.37
Reece Whitley Cal 23.38
Sam Iida Arizona 23.52
Mario Koenigsperger USC 23.80
Daniel Roy Stanford 23.97
Ty Wells Arizona ‘C’ 24.31
Ethan Dang Stanford ‘B’ 24.47

Fly Splits

Swimmer School Split
Cooper DeRyk Utah 19.85
Ryan Hoffer Cal 19.87
Alexei Sancov USC 20.28
Noah Reid Arizona 20.45
Ethan Hu Stanford 20.59
Brooks Taner Arizona ‘B’ 20.94
Aldan Johnston Arizona ‘C’ 21.50
William Tarvestad Stanford ‘B’ 21.93

Free Splits

Swimmer School Split
Bjorn Seeliger Cal 18.38
Maric Ercegovic Arizona 18.95
Tai Combs Arizona ‘B’ 19.15
Finn O’Haimhirgin Utah 19.21
Mason Gonzalez Stanford 19.22
Nikola Miljenic USC 19.29
Swum Gwiazdowski Arizona ‘C’ 19.74
Neel Roy Stanford ‘B’ 21.88


  1. Cal, 640
  2. Stanford, 551
  3. Arizona, 466
  4. Utah, 347
  5. USC, 304

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1 year ago

I’m pretty sure David Herbert of VA Tech split a 17.88 at ACC’s during the 200 free relay, think that might be the fastest 50 free split of this season. Nonetheless, great split Bjorn!!

Reply to  Polfwack
1 year ago

No, that was a timing issue. It also showed his reaction time as -0.87 and the swimmer before him splitting like 20.3. One of the SwimSwam writers hand timed it from video and showed it was around a 19.0 split.

Reply to  Polfwack
1 year ago

nothing like a 21 year old freshman to hammer out the big times,,,i turned 21 my senior year of college

Reply to  BigCarotTop
1 year ago

nothing like commenting on swimswam with nonsense.

Reply to  BigCarotTop
1 year ago

Go look at Bjorn’s eloquent response to this on another post. And also…stop trying to tear someone down for swimming well.

Reply to  Calbearfan
1 year ago

Agreed! His info on the structure of high school in Sweden along with NCAA rules was very insightful.

Reply to  BigCarotTop
1 year ago

Dude swam the fastest split in the country so far this year. Leave it to a carrot to try and downplay his achievements.

Reply to  BigCarotTop
1 year ago

Did you split 18.38 as a senior then?

1 year ago

If Cal is up at the 100 in the 2 medley relay at NCs, it’s over.

1 year ago

Utah with the fastest BR and FL splits and Reece Whitley out-split by Ryan Foote from Arizona’s B relay. This meet may have forgotten to take its medicine and I love it.

Last edited 1 year ago by neptunian
1 year ago

Bjorn Free!
I just wanted to use that before someone else did.

NC Fan
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
1 year ago

Well played @BearlyBreathing…walk out song at NCAAs?

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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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