2014 PAC 12 Championships – 400 IM – Reported by Jared Anderson
Defending champ Josh Prenot won the event for Cal, dropping two seconds from prelims. His 3:42.20 is still a half-second off what he went in winning this race as a freshman, but it does move him inside the top 10 in the NCAA this season. Prenot did most of his damage on breaststroke, where he split 1:01.0.
The Golden Bears got a 1-2 finish from Prenot and Adam Hinshaw, who held onto the second seed, going 3:44.00. That included a strong 56.2 on back and a 52.0 on freestyle coming home, the field’s fastest final leg.
Stanford freshman Max Williamson took third just a half-second back of Hinshaw at 3:44.47. A pair of Arizona Wildcats finished next – Eric Solis in 3:45.22 and Sam Rowan in 3:46.42. Kristian Kron rode a huge freestyle split into 6th place, and USC’s Cary Wright and Stanford’s Drew Cosgarea rounded out the championship field.
Arizona sophomore Michael Meyer put up a nice time in winning the B final; he went 3:44.66, which should be enough to garner an NCAA invite and would have been fourth in the A final.