With the first prelims session of the meet in the books, it’s time to look at how many swims for each team will be returning tonight to score points.
SwimSwam’s Jack Spitser was on deck to capture all of the Wednesday night atmosphere.
The Texas Longhorns came out strong tonight, but they weren’t the only ones.
Three of the top-5 performers all-time in the men’s 200 yard butterfly are returning to the NCAA Championship this year, not one of them American.
Conference Championships brought some major shakeups to our final edition men’s Power Ranks, though our #1 rank continues to be an uneasy split between Texas and Cal.
Cal all but has the team title locked up, while it appears Stanford and Arizona have 2nd and 3rd locked down respectively.
Stanford will be off to a strong start with three swimmers in the ‘A’ final of the 1650, but Cal has more overall firepower throughout tonight’s finals.
Another interesting aspect of today is the brewing team battle between USC and Utah for 5th place. The Utes only are lagging behind the Trojans by 38 points going into today, and with that margin, anything is poosible.
ASU’s Grant House is one of the top medal threats in the 200 free tonight, but he’ll be competing with the likes of Cal’s Andrew Seliskar and Stanford’s Jack LeVant.
The Biggest news coming into this morning is that Andrew Seliskar will not be swimming the 400 IM, and rather is opting for the 200 free today.
The decision means that Seliskar would need to swim a last-chance meet on Sunday in order to be eligible to swim the 400 IM at the NCAA Championships.
The 2019 Pac-12 Men’s Championships continue tonight with finals of the 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free, and 200 free relay.
Pawel Sendyk comes in as the top seed for this morning’s preliminary heats of the 50 freestyle and is searching for his first Pac-12 individual title.
Cal senior Andrew Seliskar had 10 entries pre-meet at Pac-12s, and so has plenty more choices to make throughout the meet.
Andrew Seliskar and the Cal bears were ready to race on day 1 of the 2019 Pac-12 Championships.