Smith, Huske, and Cal Men Highlight Day 1 of Pacific Swimming Senior Open

Anya Pelshaw
by Anya Pelshaw 23

April 16th, 2022 News

Pacific Swimming Senior Open

  • April 16-17, 2022
  • LCM (50 meters)
  • Meet Mobile: 2022 Pacific Swimming LC Senior Open

Some big college names got in some last-minute swims before the US World Champ Trials begin next week. It is crunch time, but the short course to long course transition can explain why some swimmers want to get in some last-minute swims.

Highlighting the meet on the women’s side were 2020 Tokyo Olympians Torri Huske and Regan Smith. Smith won the 200 backstroke in a time of 2:07.43 which is just over four seconds off of her World Record best time of 2:03.35. Smith was out in a 1:02.52 and came home in a 1:04.91. Her time today was just off of her time of 2:07.09 which she swam at the US Open in December 2021. Her time from December places her at #2 in the World this season.

Fellow Stanford freshman Huske won the 100 butterfly in a time of 58.29. Huske’s best time is a 55.66 which she swam to win the event at last year’s Olympic Trials. Results do not show her splits. Her time today places her at #11 in the World this season as well as #4 in the USA so far this season.

Picking up two individual wins on the day was 17-year-old Yelin Tahk (Unattached). Tahk won both the 200 freestyle in a 2:09.91 and the 800 freestyle in a 9:24.53. Both were off of her best times of 2:07.10 and 9:19.91 respectively. Both of her best times are from the summer of 2019.

Other Event Winners:

  • 400 IM: Eunice Lee, 5:09.33
  • 50 freestyle: Eugenie Lanilis, 27.38
  • 100 breaststroke: Zoey Zeller, 1:13.92

Highlighting the men’s side of the meet was Cal as members of Cal’s men’s team won all but two events. Cal junior Jason Louser won the 400 IM in a time of 4:29.37. His best time is a 4:16.66 from 2019 World Junior Champs.

Cal junior Liam Bell won the 50 freestyle in a time of 23.38. Teammate Dare Rose, a current sophomore, finished right behind him with a 23.61. Rose also won the 100 butterfly in a time of 52.84. That was a best time for Rose as his previous best stood at 52.99.

Cal went 1-2-3 in the 200 freestyle. Fifth year Trenton Julian won in a time of 1:48.45. He was followed by freshmen Robin Hanson who touched second in a 1:49.57 and Gabriel Jett who was third in a 1:49.73. Julian was 13th in the event at last year’s US Olympic Trials swimming a 1:47.50 in semifinals. Hanson competed in the event for Sweden at the Tokyo Olympic Games. There Hanson finished 23rd in the prelims heats swimming a time of 1:47.02.

Redshirt senior Hugo Gonzalez won the 200 backstroke in a time of 1:58.95. That is a little over two seconds off of his best time of 1:56.69. Gonzalez swam in the 100 backstroke and 200 IM for Spain at last year’s Olympic Games.

16-year-old Devyn Caples (Unattached) dropped over four seconds in the 800 freestyle to win the event by over 34 seconds. Caples swam to a final time of 8:33.83.

Other Event Winners:

  • 100 breaststroke: Tianyou Zhang, 1:07.92

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NingboJust1n
9 months ago

She almost gets DQed for being underwater over 15m. My grandma is an official at the meet, they discussed and decide to not DQ her.

forsomereason
9 months ago

Rough splits for Huske 100 fly, out 26 back 31 high. She looked like she died a LOT in the last 20 meters.

forsomereason
Reply to  forsomereason
9 months ago

Also Daniel Carr time trialed 100 back during 200 back and went 54.40, hence him going 2:26

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  forsomereason
9 months ago

I think it was one of those races this close out to trials: test the speed going out, if you hurt coming back, back off, it’s time to rest. Wouldn’t put too much weight on the 31 high. No sense crushing it if you’re feeling tired this close to trials. She’ll be fine. Look, the UVA women had some rough swims recently (56.0 100 free from G. Walsh, for example).

forsomereason
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
9 months ago

Was in no way trying to indicate what kind of shape she is in just saying what it looked like from the deck. She was clearly very tired after the race based on how she was breathing and how she got out of the pool so I REALLY don’t think she held anything back. Her stroke also looked a lot more up and down in the last 20 meters.

Pacific Whirl
9 months ago

Both of them seem to be off this week. Curzan was even faster than Smith in 200 back. But Smith can still punch three tickets to Budapest in 100-200 back and 200 fly.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Pacific Whirl
9 months ago

Look. they both swam incredibly fast just a few weeks ago at NCAAs, and it was rumored they weren’t all-in taper-wise for it. There’s no way they suddenly just lost all speed never to recapture it. You’re reading WAY too much into this meet. The stakes were about zero for this meet.

Joel Lin
9 months ago

This Worlds trials schedule is really a card from the bottom of the deck for the NCAA athletes. Just too much compressed into a couple months. The ones who can prevail through it are superstars.

We will see, but this meet greatly favors the high schoolers and the post grad pros.

Bobo Gigi
Reply to  Joel Lin
9 months ago

I fully agree with you.
The number of NCAA swimmers able to shine at NCAAs, then able to qualify at trials and finally, the most important, able to perform at their best and bring home individual medals at worlds should be very limited. Only the best can do it.

Caleb
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
9 months ago

8 weeks between trials and worlds should be enough for most of these swimmers to ramp up and go fast, if they make the team. Especially if their pre-NCAA training was geared for this. I think it’s roughest for people like Bobby Finke who had training disruptions like COVID and injuries.

Joel Lin
Reply to  Caleb
9 months ago

You could be right. I still think like a guy who swam when there were still dinosaurs roaming. Used to be 4 months of abject misery, 2 weeks of rest, then 2 weeks of misery into 1 week of rest to hang on for a second taper. A third taper was the stuff of science fiction novels.

I know they do it different now, but also think that the format of conference, NCAA, selection meet then Worlds all packed into 4 micro cycles is a bridge too far for some. Who it impacts, we will find out soon. Just making the point that this schedule is brutally misweighted against the top tier NCAA swimmers is all.

Swimgeek
Reply to  Joel Lin
9 months ago

The ncaa athletes who are capable of making the worlds team (Douglass, Walshes, Huske, etc) probably rested very little for their conf meet. So you have NCAAs and trials about 5 weeks apart. And then worlds almost 2 months later. Not easy – but I think it can be done.

Last edited 9 months ago by Swimgeek
Joel Lin
Reply to  Swimgeek
9 months ago

I think that is a good guess. Watching ACCs my initial reactions were this meet is fast but the ringers are likely not peaked (or even rested much, just swimming tired suited). Emma Weyant’s 1,650 at conference sure seemed like the very definition of swimming through a meet. I also think with men’s NCAA meet a week later it makes for a tougher lift for the guys to make the team. I hope we don’t see this schedule again. It stinks to not space it apart more.

MCH
9 months ago

There are going to be some misfires from the NCAA crew.

Hswimmer
9 months ago

Hope Torri can be 56+ in less than 2 weeks. This may be closer between 2-5 than we thought it would. I guess time will tell.

Wow
Reply to  Hswimmer
9 months ago

I hope she’s near world record form this summer, nearly broke it last summer. No reason she should stagnate to 56+ in less than a year. 56+ would be disappointing based on her performances last summer.

Hswimmer
Reply to  Wow
9 months ago

I hope she’s faster but she didn’t look 100% at ncaa like yes it’s her first year at Stanford and is adjusting to new training, so we will see. I wish her the best of luck.

Noah
Reply to  Hswimmer
9 months ago

She got 3 best times at NCAAs? 😭

Hswimmer
Reply to  Noah
9 months ago

I know that, but she did not win an event. I also think this summer will be faster than last to make the team..

ArtVanDeLegh10
Reply to  Hswimmer
9 months ago

She went all best times. It took some pretty historic performances to beat her.

Lost the 2 IM to the NCAA record holder
Lost the 1 Fly to the American record holder

oxyswim
Reply to  Noah
9 months ago

It was actually 4 best times! That’s so incredibly hard to do for elite swimmers, but not good enough for Hswimmer

Bobo Gigi
Reply to  oxyswim
9 months ago

And I think she’s a better long course swimmer. Which is not the case for many college swimmers. Same for Regan Smith.

Swimgeek
Reply to  Hswimmer
9 months ago

This is a bad take. She had a terrific ncaa season with big PRs all over. 1:51 IM would have been hugely memorable but for AWalsh going 1:50.0 Am Rec.

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Anya has been with SwimSwam since June 2021 as both a writer and social media coordinator. She was in attendance at the 2022 Women's NCAA Championships writing and doing social media for SwimSwam. Currently, Anya is pursuing her B.A. in Government & Law and Economics at Lafayette College. There she is …

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