Finnerty smashed his lifetime best to win the 100 breast, clocking in at 49.69.
Friday night will feature finals for the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, and 200 medley relay.
Five teams are within 16 and a half points of one another for the NCAA crown at the moment, with today’s meet-high 7-event prelims session holding perhaps the most valuable key to securing a team championship.
Cal could swap Justin Lynch to fly on the 400 medley relay, throwing in Ryan Hoffer or Michael Jensen as they seek to run down Indiana for the NCAA title.
The favorite heading into the meet, Indiana’s Ian Finnerty, is the only man to have broken 51 so far this season.
6 different programs have season-best composite times that add up within a second of one another in an event that could turn the tides of the entire meet.
Caeleb Dressel and the Florida Gators come in as the top seed in the 200 medley relay.
Cal’s Andrew Seliskar, who won the 200 fly last season, is changing things up this time around as he’ll battle for a title in the 200 breast.
Arizona State’s Cameron Craig looks to repeat as Pac-12 Champion in the 200 free. He’s the top seed for tonight’s final.
Day 3 of the meet will feature the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, and 100 back. Cameron Craig will look to defend his 200 free title and meet record.
Ryan Hoffer and the Cal Bears got off to a fast start as they dominated the 200 medley relay, but Arizona’s Chatham Dobbs had a strong showing with a 19.74 fly split to help the Wildcats to silver.
The most impressive relay split of the day came from Cal’s Michael Jensen, who put up a 19.08 on the 2nd leg of the 200 free relay.
The third and final prelims session of the 2017 UGA Invite wrapped up this morning with the Cal Bears continuing to look dominant.
Gonzalez’s time was not only the fastest time in the NCAA thus far by 2 seconds, but also the fastest time done by any swimmer this year, topping Chase Kalisz’s 3:39.45 from Winter Nationals.
All-American butterfliers Zheng Quah and Justin Lynch put on a show for the Cal Bears in their annual triple distance meet with Stanford.