Whitley, Quah Win Double as Cal Tops Pac-12 Rival USC


  • February 7, 2020
  • Hosted by USC
  • Short Course Yards
  • Full Results (vs. USC)


  • CAL: 161
  • USC: 130

The Cal men’s team was split on the road this weekend as some of the swimmers traveled to USC and others traveled to UC San Diego. They won both meets handily, taking down Pac-12 rival USC 166 to 90.

Reece Whitley and Zheng Quah each earned multiple wins for Cal against the Trojans. Whitley swept his signature breaststroke races. He led the pack with a 53.22 in the 100 breast. In the 200 breast, Whitley blew away the field as the only man under 2:00 with a winning time of 1:54.64. Quah also swept a stroke specialty, putting up a 46.76 in the 100 fly and a 1:43.95 to win the 200 fly.

USC’s Alexei Sancov kept the Bears from an event sweep. Cal’s Daniel Carr (1:37.26) got out with the lead, flipping a tenth ahead at the halfway mark. Sancov took over on the 3rd 50 by nearly 3 tenths. Carr outsplit him down the final stretch, but Sancov held him off by a nail to win in 1:37.22.


LOS ANGELES – California flexed its depth on Friday afternoon with a pair of dual meet victories against Pac-12 Conference foe USC and UC San Diego at Uytengsu Aquatics Center and Canyonview Aquatic Center, respectively.

Half of Cal’s squad cruised past USC, 161-130, in Los Angeles before the other half handled its own business in a 166-90 win over the Tritons in San Diego. Cal improved to 5-0 in the dual meet format this season and has won 11 consecutive dual meets dating back to Oct. 3, 2018.

In Los Angeles, Zheng Wen Quah and Reece Whitley anchored Cal’s performance with 18 points apiece. Quah won both butterfly events, touching the wall in 46.76 in the 100 fly and 1:43.95 in the 200 fly, while Whitley swept the breaststroke races (53.22 in the 100 breast; 1:54.64 in the 200 breast). Both swimmers also won the 200 medley relay as they paired with Daniel Carr and Michael Jensen for a 1:26.11 finish.

Other individual victories over USC were earned by Sean Grieshop in the 500 free (4:24.65), Ryan Hoffer in the 50 free (19.64), Jensen in the 100 free (44.41), Trenton Julian in the 1000 free (9:02.88) and Bryce Mefford in the 100 back (47.18).

In San Diego, a four-pronged attack by Calvin DavidChris JhongMichael Petrides and Ethan Young paved the way to Cal’s second win of the afternoon. David captured victories in the 1000 free (9:22.88) and 500 free (4:32.28).  Jhong was the fastest finisher in the 200 breast (2:02.10) and 200 IM (1:48.14). Petrides won the 200 free (1:38.44) and 100 free (44.85) and played a role in Cal’s 400 free relay win (2:59.41). Young swept the backstroke events, taking the 100 in 48.51 and the 200 in 1:47.07.

Marcos Rico Peng earned a win in the 100 breast (55.86) while Jack Xie won in the 200 fly (1:48.04).

Cal will round out its two-day trip to SoCal with a non-scoring long course competition against UC San Diego at noon on Saturday, Feb. 8. The meet will be held at Southwestern College in Chula Vista.

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Sophomore Alexei Sancov won the 200y Free while senior diver Henry Fusaro posted two first-place finishes (1-meter and 3-meter) in No.18 USC’s loss to No. 1 California, 161-130, on Friday (Feb. 7) at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center.

Alexei Sancov out-touched California’s Daniel Carr by .04 in the 200y free to take the event in 1:37.22.

Victor Johansson touched second in the 1000y free in 9:07.58. Johansson finished fourth in the 500y free in 4:37.93. Teammate Ivan Puskovitch finished third in the 500y free in 4:35.69.

The Trojans finished 3rd in the 100y back (Jack Kirby – 49.92), 100y breast (Matthew McDermott – 56.63), 200y fly (Mark Jurek – 1:50.34) and in both the 50 and 100y free (Miljenic – 20.15; 45.43).

Senior Henry Fusaro led a Trojan sweep on the 1-meter springboard with a score of 358.28. Freshman George Korovin (335.93) picked up the second-place spot, and Brad Dalrymple (298.35) finished third to complete the 1-2-3 USC finish. On 3-meter, it was Fusaro (380.85) once again leading a USC sweep. Korovin (369.30) and Dalrymple (3:27.15) went 2-3 for the Trojans.

In the 200y free relay, USC A (Miljenic, Finello, Max Saunders and Jan Collazo Torres – 1:22.08) claimed the top spot with USC B (Joao AmaThomas ReedJack Kirby and Ariel Spektor – 1:22.52) taking second.

USC hosts No. 16 Stanford on Saturday (Feb. 8) at 12 p.m. at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center. Seniors on the USC men’s swimming and diving teams will be recognized prior to the start of the meet.

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Daniel Jablonski
1 year ago

… a split team? Two meets in one day? I need some clarification.

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