Seliskar Pops Quick 1:33 FR/1:53 BR/1:44 IM in Win Over USC

Cal V. USC (Men)

  • February 8th, 2019
  • Berkeley, CA
  • Results
  • Final Scores
    • Cal 156- USC 126 (exhibition impacted)

The men of Cal-Berkeley were pitted against PAC-12 rival USC on Friday. Cal emerged victorious over USC 156-126, with the winning team exhibitioning all swimmers in the final 4 events.

Meet Highlights

After the breast leg of the 200 medley relay, both Cal relays and USC’s relay were all within one-tenth of each other. But it was Cal’s Pawel Sendyk (20.28 FL) and Ryan Hoffer (19.08 FR) who pulled the Cal A relay to first in a 1:25.37.

Cal’s Sean Grieshop won the 1000 free with a 9:03.04, which puts him at #21 in Division I. Behind Grieshop, teammate Chris Jhong and USC’s Victor Johansson paced off each other until a sprint finish when Jhong out-touched Johansson by 0.14 with a 9:07.62. Johansson would later win the 500 free for USC with a 4:26.35.

In the 200 free, Andrew Seliskar split 46.07/47.70 to pop off a 1:33.77 and win for Cal.

Carsten Vissering gave USC their first victory in the 100 breast with a 52.34 to hold off Cal freshman Reece Whitley (52.77).

Vissering also took a victory in the 200 breast with a 2:02.97. In the exhibition swims, Cal’s Andrew Seliskar (1:53.48) and Reece Whitley (1:53.94) popped a pair of 1:53s and both nipped their midseason times by nearly a full second a piece.

In the last 2 individual events, Alexei Sancov and Walker Bell took the 100 fly (49.17) and 200 IM (1:52.01) for USC. In the 200 IM, Andrew Seliskar exhibitioned a quick 1:44.07 IM.

In the 200 free relay, USC took the win with a 1:20.50. However, Cal exhibitioned their A relay that stopped the clock in a 1:18.29.

Other Cal Top Times:

Not racing for Cal was incoming transfer Hugo Gonzalez from Virginia Tech. Cal is still awaiting a final answer on Gonzalez’s eligibility.

Cal returns to the pool February 23rd against Stanford while USC will go against the Stanford men on February 9th.

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3 years ago

what happened to Mulcare in the 200IM. Just sorta gave up off the dive. Kinda sad

3 years ago

Pretty sure Prenot was 1:53 a time or two during his senior year

Tammy Touchpad Error
3 years ago

Is 1:53 the fastest dual 2 breast ever? And cal has 2?

3 years ago

Is Hugo Gonzalez likely to be eligible for NCAAs?

Reply to  SVIRD
3 years ago

SVIRD – still indeterminate. Sounds like the NCAA is still gathering information from his time at Virginia Tech to figure out exactly when he will be eligible again. I think it’s an ‘any minute now’ sort of thing, every time we talk to Cal they seem certain they’re about to hear from the NCAA, but always gets pushed off one more day.

Reply to  Braden Keith
3 years ago

OK thanks. Hugo could really impact the meet so it’s a big decision.

Would there be any reason the NCAA would deny him eligibility this semester? Is cal on pins and needles about this or is it just a formality that he needs to be approved?

Reply to  SVIRD
3 years ago

Seems to hinge on whether he practiced with VT at all.

Between you, me, and everyone else who reads this, I have very little faith in these systems, especially in minor sports in the Olympics. It’s not really “whether or not he’s going to be eligible,” it’s going to come down to whether or not Sergio wants to say the things he needs to say for the swimmer to be eligible.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Braden Keith
3 years ago

Bummer. You mean it comes down to integrity?

3 years ago

CAL’s squad has speed deep into their lineup….

Reply to  gator
3 years ago

They could score in March with B relays if they were allowed

Reply to  Taa
3 years ago

So could NC State and Texas

Haas must win
3 years ago

Ahhhhh no ….. stop it, Seliskar should be practice the 400 IM for when he swims it at ncaas not the 200 free. 😫. ( the reaction of every Texas fan)

3 years ago

Seliskar, nasty! Making John Flanagan proud.

Reply to  Swimber
3 years ago

Flanagan is a monster, remember him anchoring the Kamehameha sectionals relay one year with a 45, at the time in his mid-30s and a full time real estate agent along with coaching and killing the Ironman swims

Reply to  Ragnar
3 years ago

Alas, that’s a different John Flanagan than the one who coached Seliskar.

Seliskar’s coach was the iconic John Flanagan — former Mt. Hermon and Syracuse swimmer, and later the coach of countless Division 1 swimmers (a very partial recent list includes Janet Hu, Megan Byrnes, Chuck Katis, and Kylie Jordan). In 2013, he was the SwimSwam coach of the year:

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3 years ago


3 years ago

Cal looking very good, USC looking bad. If Dean swims the 200 it will be Dean winning by 3 seconds or more.

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