Only Texas or Cal have finished first or second at the NCAA Men’s Championships since Michigan’s 2013 title, and they went 1-2 to kick-off this year’s meet.
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.
Cal senior Trenton Julian will attempt to defend his Pac-12 title in the 200 free, though last year he swapped out the 400 IM for his NCAA day 3 entry.
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.
Stanford’s Ethan Hu recorded a blistering 45.11 fly split on the medley relay in his first career conference championship swim.
Cal’s Trenton Julian figures to prominent member of the Bears’ 800 free relay on the opening night of the Pac-12 Championships.
Nathan Adrian made an appearance at the meet, swimming the men’s LCM 50 and 100 free.
Cal’s class of rising seniors – led by sprinter Ryan Hoffer – is an elite group. But so are Stanford’s incoming freshmen, including flyer Andrei Minakov.
Our top four classes are unbelievably loaded, including a World Champs silver medalist and a World Junior champ, among many others.
It’s an elite class of IMers heading into the NCAA next fall (assuming there’s a season), led by Carson Foster and a host of World Junior medalists.
Hoover, who came into the meet with a best of 44.43, took almost 1.5 seconds off his best to break the State Record set by Tim Connery at the 1A-2A state meet
Junior stars are spread across North Carolina’s three classes of high school swimming, including standout Claire Curzan, on a NAG record hunt this week.