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The Cal bears look to bounce back from their 3rd place finish in the 800 free relay, with Andrew Seliskar and Ryan Hoffer leading the charge with top seeds.
SwimSwam’s Jack Spitser was on deck to capture all of the Thursday morning action.
Fresh off the fastest relay-start 200 free in history, Townley Haas will look to defend his NCAA title in the 500 free, battling top-seeded Felix Auboeck for position this morning. The two should swim in the same prelims heat.
NC State, Texas and Cal have almost endless options for 400 medley relay lineups tonight. We try to puzzle out the options between sessions.
Quite a few pool records went down this morning, but times to make finals for today’s events were typically slower this year than last year.
Cal Bears Ryan Hoffer and Pawel Sendyk scorched the pool this morning with a pair of 18-mid 50 frees.
The NC State Wolfpack are on the prowl for their third 400 free relay title in the last four years.
With the first non-Dressel champion to be crowned in the 50 free since 2014, it is almost anyone’s game to fill the shoes.
Indiana’s Vini Lanza is a safe enough bet to win this race. (Not that you should be gambling on swimming.)
Ryan Hoffer and the Cal Bears will be in the mix in a tight 200 medley relay field
A Dressel-less field leaves a wide-open race for the top of the podium in the 100 free.
With no Caeleb Dressel setting the pace, the early lead (and resulting clean water) is up for grabs in the 200 free relay.
Indiana looks just as strong as last year in this event, and they will be gunning for their 2nd-straight win.
Last season, a valiant Cal charge for the national title was soured by one off event: the 100 free. But a solid Pac-12 performance out of the returning sprint group has Cal primed for 2019 redemption.