Cal broke an American record to open the prelims session, but Texas is powering away with the team title, courtesy of Jack Conger and the team’s absurdly loaded butterfly group.
For the second time in a week, a Pac-12 athlete has broken the hallowed 1:40 barrier in an event some though was impossible. Then: Missy Franklin in the 200 free. Now: David Nolan in the 200 IM.
Chuck Katis will need to come up big again for the Cal Bears to have a shot at repeating as NCAA Champions
Going into the meet, the Arizona senior is ranked fifth in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 1:52.65 which he swam at the Texas Hall of Fame meet. This season, he may be the favorite based solely on past results, but there are a lot more swimmers that he’ll have to contend with if he wants to defend his title.
American record-holder David Nolan, a Stanford Cardinal, has the fastest time in this year’s 200 IM field by over a second, but five other swimmers who return from last year’s A-final will be looking to deny him his second NCAA title in this event.
Chase Kalisz (above) has a monster breaststroke leg… come to think of it, his other three legs aren’t too shabby.
Stanford’s Kristian Ipsen led a 1-2 finish on 3-meter to help the Cardinal maintain its lead over USC and Cal.
On a big night for defending champs, USC’s Cristian Quintero became the first man to sweep the 200 and 500 free titles in three consectuive seasons at the Pac-12 Championships.
Josh Prenot holds the top seed in the 400 IM in tonight’s finals, after breaking the Pac-!2 meet record in prelims with a time of 3:40.84.
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Seth Stubblefield and the Cal Bears are shooting for their third Pac 12 team title in a row
Though there’s still plenty of scratching left to be done before the meet begins Wednesday night, we’ve got up to three match-ups slated between Cal star Ryan Murphy and his Stanford counterpart Dave Nolan.
Texas’ Will Licon (left) poses with John Martens (right) after going 1-2 in the 400 IM on Friday at the 2015 Big 12 Championships. Licon’s winning 3:41.88 set a new Meet Record.
Ryan Murphy took the 100 back (46.53) over Tribuntsov (47.61) and then went head-to-head with Quintero.
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