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Stanford Def. Cal (Men)
- February 19, 2022
- Avery Aquatic Center, Palo Alto, California
- SCY dual meet
- Meet results
- Team score
- Stanford 153-Cal 141
Stanford hosted Cal for their senior day on Saturday. The Cardinal won against the Golden Bears 153-141, completing their season undefeated for the first time since 2017-2018.
Cal’s loss to Stanford on Saturday was the team’s first dual meet loss since Stanford beat them by 2 points on February 17, 2018, after 20 consecutive dual meet wins.
According to social media posts, the teams wore tech suits.
The competition began with Cal winning the 200 medley relay by a narrow margin against Stanford (1:23.62) compared to 1:23.98 seconds, respectively. Cal’s winning relay featured Daniel Carr (21.10), Liam Bell (23.65), Dare Rose (20.40), and Bjorn Seeliger (18.47). Stanford’s lineup included Leon MacAlister (21.48), Ron Polonsky (23.37), Andrei Minakov (19.82), and Mason Gonzalez (19.31). Both teams were under the pool record (1:24.91), which was set by Cal in 2020.
Swimming on Stanford’s B-relay, Ethan Dang posted a 22.64 breaststroke split in the 200 medley relay. This split was faster than Evgenii Somov of Louisville’s split (22.85) on the ACC winning 200 medley relay. Dang’s split is also faster than Dillon Harris ‘s split (23.16) on Florida’s winning 200 medley relay from the SEC Championships. Alabama’s Derek Maas split a 22.63 in the breaststroke leg of the relay at the SEC Championships, which was the fastest split in the field.
The teams traded winners throughout the meet, which kept the competition extremely close. The only swimming event that had a 1-2 team finish was in the 200 IM when Cal’s Hugo Gonzalez (1:42.16) and Destin Lasco (1:42.19) narrowly edged Stanford’s Polonsky (1:42.32). 1st through 5th place finishers were all under Josh Prenot’s pool record (1:45.38), which was set in 2016.
There were many 2-3 finishes from the same team, and a 2-3-4 finish for Stanford in the 100 breaststroke with Daniel Roy (52.75), Ethan Dang (53.02), and Jon Cook (53.41). Bell of Cal won the event (52.31), but Cal’s breaststroke ace Reece Whitley did not compete in this event. He only swam the 200 breaststroke on Saturday, which he won (1.49.68) by 2.61 seconds to Stanford’s Roy (1:52.57).
Stanford picked up all 32 diving points with Connor Casey, Jack Ryan, and Hunter Hollenback taking 1-2-3 on the 1-meter and 3-meter, respectively.
The meet also featured many more pool records.
- Grant Shoults, 1,000 freestyle pool record, 8:46.79
- Previous record 8:50.93, Shaun Phillips, Stanford, 2006
- Trenton Julian, 200 freestyle pool record, 1:33.13
- Previous record 1:34.31, Luke Maurer, Stanford, 2021
- Liam Bell, 100 breaststroke pool record, 52.31
- Previous record 52.46, Reece Whitley, Cal, 2020
- Jonathan Affeld, 200 butterfly pool record, 1:41.42
- Previous record 1:42.86, Alex Liang, Stanford, 2020
- Bjorn Seeliger, 50 freestyle pool record, 19.08
- Previous record 19.25, Ryan Hoffer, Cal, 2020
- Bjorn Seeliger, 100 freestyle pool record, 41.78
- Previous record 42.77, Duje Draganja, Cal, 2004
- Reece Whitley, 200 breaststroke pool record, 1:49.96
- Previous record 1:51.64, Daniel Roy, Stanford, 2020
- Preston Forst, 500 freestyle pool record, 4:14.40
- Previous record Grant Shoults 4:15.74, Stanford, 2021
- Jonathan Affeld, 100 butterfly pool record, 45.34
- Previous record Ethan Hu 45.47, Stanford, 2020
- Stanford, 400 freestyle relay pool record (MacAlister, Maurer, Affeld, and Minakov) 2:49.59
- Previous record 2:53.25, California, 2020
There were many swims that moved athletes into the top-25 in national rankings this season.
- Grant Shoults, 1,000 freestyle (8:46.79), 3rd (not a race at championship meets)
- Trenton Julian, 200 freestyle (1:33.13), 21st
- Liam Bell, 100 breaststroke (52.31), 18th
- Jonathan Affeld, 200 butterfly (1:41.52), 16th
- Gabriel Jett, 200 butterfly (1:41.50), 17th
- Leon MacAlister, 200 backstroke (1:40.28), 12th
- Reece Whitley, 200 breaststroke (1:49.96), 2nd
- Preston Forst, 500 freestyle (4:14.10), 18th
- Sean Grieshop, 500 freestyle (4:14.84), 23rd
- Jonathan Affeld, 100 butterfly (45.34), 14th
- Hugo Gonzalez, 200 IM (1:42.16), 9th
- Ron Polonsky, 200 IM (1:42.32), 10th
Next up, both teams will compete in the Pac-12 championships from March 2-5 in Federal Way, Washington.