The current junior group has a heated battle for top scorer. Kieran Smith leads scoring, but Shaine Casas leads with 3 individual NCAA titles.
Shaine Casas won Texas A&M’s first NCAA title in program history yesterday in the 200 IM. Tonight, Casas will have a shot at the 100 back title.
Texas freshman Carson Foster comes in with a monster 3:35.27, with breaststoker Hugo Gonzalez of Cal and freestyle ace Bobby Finke of Florida behind him.
Things are very much still up in the air between Cal and Texas, two teams with consistent NCAA track records and plenty of time left to drop this season.
On paper, this looks like a Whitley win and McHugh silver is imminent. But two swimmers have hit big LCM times this year, which could make things close.
Back in 2019, then-freshmen Shaine Casas finished 13th in the 200 IM, but now, the Texas A&M star could threaten Caeleb Dressel’s all-time mark of 1:38.18.
Reece Whitley has a chance to sweep the breaststroke events for a second straight year tonight at the Men’s Pac-12 Championships.
Cal senior Daniel Carr will take on teammates Destin Lasco, Bryce Mefford and Hugo Gonzalez as he aims to repeat as the Pac-12 champion in the men’s 200 back.
Cal’s Ryan Hoffer will aim to defend his conference title in the 100 fly on Day 3 of the Men’s Pac-12 Championships in Houston.
Cal junior Reece Whitley comes in as the top seed in the 100 breaststroke on Day 3 of Men’s Pac-12s, where he’ll look to defend his title from last season.
Arizona senior Brooks Fail comes into finals looking for his first Pac-12 title in the 500 free after qualifying first in the prelims in a time of 4:13.81.
Stanford’s Grant Shoults will aim to win the Pac-12 500 free title for a fourth time on Day 2 of the conference championships in Houston.
Cal is going up against Texas at the NCAA Championships in March, but first, they’ll take on the rest of the Pac-12 at the conference championships.
The Texas Longhorns are still waiting on Austin Katz to perform to previous levels, but if he does, the ceiling for the Texas men is a national championship.
The time comes in just off Schlicht’s best of 3:40.14, which he swam at the 2019 NCAAs.