Swimming2022 Pac-12 Men’s Championships Day 4 Finals: Backstroke Powers Cal Rally

2022 Pac-12 Men’s Championships Day 4 Finals: Backstroke Powers Cal Rally


2022 Pac-12 Men’s Championships Day 4 Finals: Backstroke Powers Cal Rally

The mountain has been steep for Cal at the 2022 Pac-12 Men’s Championships.

By the end of Day 1 of the meet, with three diving events and two relays factored in, the Golden Bears found themselves in sixth place out of six teams, 141 points adrift of Stanford. It would take a lot to claw back that kind of deficit, given all that the Cardinal could still throw at them.

But as the final session dawned Saturday, the Golden Bears were in position to pounce, and it was only a matter of time before the attrition paid off. With 16 swimmers in the finals and five events to catch up, Cal had gotten up to second. It would only take half the session for the Golden Bears to claim the lead for good.

The events of the final day:

2022 Pac-12 Men’s Championships Team Scores

Men - Team Rankings - Through Event 20                  
 
  1. California University,Berkeley  813.5   2. Stanford University               728
  3. Arizona State University          618   4. Southern California, Universit    421
  5. University of Arizona           393.5   6. Utah, University of               238

2022 Pac-12 Men’s Championships Links

Men’s 1,650 freestyle

Stanford started with the upper hand in the team competition, though it’s Brooks Fail to picked up the win. The Arizona fifth-year senior won in 14:41.22, comfortably ahead of Stanford’s Grant Shoults. Arizona State was third via Gordon Mason.

Cal took home fifth place (via Sean Grieshop) and eighth.

Event 16  Men 1650 Yard Freestyle
=========================================================================
         NCAA: N 14:12.08  2/22/2020 Bobby Finke, Florida
       PAC-12: M 14:24.35  2012      Chad La Tourette, STAN
 PAC-12 Champ: P 14:33.69  2021      Zach Yeadon, CAL
                 14:37.31  A Standard
                 15:26.19  B Standard
    Name           Year School               Seed     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
  1 Fail, Brooks     5Y Arizona          14:41.57   14:41.22 B       20  
     r:+0.56  24.45    26.86    27.11    27.17
       26.57    25.62    25.33    25.47    24.60
  2 Shoults, Grant   SR STAN             14:56.07   14:45.38 B       17  
     r:+0.65  24.21    26.91    27.24    27.23
       26.87    26.70    26.45    26.02    24.81
  3 Mason, Gordon    JR ASU              14:53.88   14:50.70 B       16  
     r:+0.69  24.69    26.75    27.03    27.07
       27.27    27.37    27.00    27.03    25.62
  4 Matheson, Danie  FR USC              15:11.78   14:51.59 B       15  
     r:+0.62  24.45    26.72    27.18    27.28
       27.06    27.30    27.22    26.00    24.64
  5 Grieshop, Sean   SR CAL              15:07.38   15:00.90 B       14  
     r:+0.64  24.54    26.70    27.29    27.40
       27.81    27.70    27.52    27.65    26.59
  6 Little, Jack     SR ASU                    NT   15:02.29 B       13  
     r:+0.64  24.80    27.02    27.43    27.54
       27.69    27.87    27.48    27.43    26.49
  7 Johansson, Vict  SR USC              14:55.21   15:03.03 B       12  
     r:+0.65  24.39    26.52    26.80    27.13
       27.94    28.05    27.83    27.47    26.36
  8 Meehan, Jack     SO CAL              15:25.36   15:03.27 B       11  
     r:+0.57  25.14    27.19    27.35    27.61
       28.08    27.79    28.10    27.91    27.41

Men’s 200 backstroke

The event that may well define the comeback is the 200 back, so long a strong spot for the Golden Bears on stages much grander than just the Pac-12.

Even by those standards, the dominance meted out by Cal Saturday night – a 1-2 finish, four of the top five, five of the top seven – ranks as exemplary. Destin Lasco and Daniel Carr made it a two-man race, Lesco leaping from the third seed to first in 1:38.81, .09 up on his training partner. Lasco won the race on his third five, taking three tenths out of Carr in 25.18. Carr responded by a 25.13 final 50 that nearly nipped Lasco at the wall. Both are NCAA A cuts.

Bryce Mefford and Colby Mefford were fourth and fifth for Cal, with Leon McAlister sneaking in to break the blockade on Stanford’s behalf.

With the points, Cal moved within 14 points of the lead.

Event 17  Men 200 Yard Backstroke
=========================================================================
         NCAA: N 1:35.73  3/26/2016 Ryan Murphy, CAL
       PAC-12: M 1:35.73  2016      Ryan Murphy, CAL
 PAC-12 Champ: P 1:37.87  2020      Daniel Carr, CAL
                 1:39.13  A Standard
                 1:45.04  B Standard
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Lasco, Destin    SO CAL               1:40.22    1:38.81 A       20  
    r:+0.66  23.17        48.23 (25.06)
        1:13.41 (25.18)     1:38.81 (25.40)
  2 Carr, Daniel     SR CAL               1:39.71    1:38.90 A       17  
    r:+0.66  23.32        48.30 (24.98)
        1:13.77 (25.47)     1:38.90 (25.13)
  3 MacAlister, Leo  JR STAN              1:39.36    1:39.18 B       16  
    r:+0.67  23.62        48.91 (25.29)
        1:14.23 (25.32)     1:39.18 (24.95)
  4 Mefford, Bryce   SR CAL               1:41.29    1:39.49 B       15  
    r:+0.69  23.30        48.33 (25.03)
        1:13.73 (25.40)     1:39.49 (25.76)
  5 Mefford, Colby   JR CAL               1:41.49    1:40.81 B       14  
    r:+0.71  23.94        49.66 (25.72)
        1:15.21 (25.55)     1:40.81 (25.60)
  6 Makrygiannis, E  FR USC               1:41.86    1:40.92 B       13  
    r:+0.74  23.83        49.18 (25.35)
        1:15.37 (26.19)     1:40.92 (25.55)
  7 Somerset, Sebas  JR CAL               1:40.70    1:41.02 B       12  
    r:+0.67  23.81        49.47 (25.66)
        1:15.44 (25.97)     1:41.02 (25.58)
  8 Sequeira, Aaron  FR STAN              1:41.94    1:41.20 B       11  
    r:+0.69  23.50        48.68 (25.18)
        1:14.54 (25.86)     1:41.20 (26.66)

Men’s 100 freestyle

And just like that, the Golden Bears are in front. Bjorn Seeliger clocked in at 41.51, defending his top seed from prelims and completing the sprint double. With Jack Alexy third and Matthew Jensen and Robin Hanson having snuck into the A final, it’s enough to vault Cal ahead of Stanford by 38 points.

Arizona State picked up big points, finishing second via Grant House in 41.82. The Sun Devils were also fourth and fifth.

 Event 18  Men 100 Yard Freestyle
=========================================================================
         NCAA: N 39.90  3/24/2018 Caeleb Dressel, Florida
       PAC-12: M 40.76  2013      Vladmir Morozov, USC
 PAC-12 Champ: P 41.38  2013      Vladmir Morozov, USC
                 41.71  A Standard
                 43.80  B Standard
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Seeliger, Bjorn  SO CAL                 41.77      41.51 A       20  
      r:+0.63  9.16    10.41    10.96    10.98
  2 House, Grant     SR ASU                 42.15      41.82 B       17  
      r:+0.61  9.52    10.51    10.91    10.88
  3 Alexy, Jack      FR CAL                 41.77      41.93 B       16  
      r:+0.62  9.48    10.49    11.07    10.89
  4 Swift, Carter    SR ASU                 42.30      42.16 B       15  
      r:+0.56  9.57    10.62    10.99    10.98
  5 Dolan, Jack      JR ASU                 42.53      42.45 B       14  
      r:+0.65  9.65    10.57    11.16    11.07
  6 Ercegovic, Mari  SR Arizona             42.59      42.52 B       13  
      r:+0.65  9.56    10.71    11.08    11.17
  7 Jensen, Matthew  SO CAL                 42.52      42.66 B       12  
      r:+0.63  9.57    10.61    11.14    11.34
  8 Hanson, Robin    FR CAL                 42.57      42.71 B       11  
      r:+0.61  9.57    10.84    11.09    11.21

Men’s 200 breaststroke

Leon Marchand wrapped up a sensational weekend by winning the 200 breast, taking the fifth seed out of prelims to go 1:50.39. It upsets Cal’s Reece Whitley, the top seed from prelims and the reigning Pac-12 champ. Whitley slid to third in 1:50.89, with teammate Hugo Gonzalez second to consolidate Cal’s lead.

The event was one of the fastest of the meet, yielding six A cuts. Daniel Roy and Ron Polonsky got there, finishing fourth and sixth, respectively. Chris O’Grady’s 1:51.67 fell between them.

 Event 19  Men 200 Yard Breaststroke
=========================================================================
         NCAA: N 1:47.91  3/25/2017 Will Licon, Texas
       PAC-12: M 1:48.53  2020      Reecce Whitley, CAL
 PAC-12 Champ: P 1:48.86  2021      Reece Whitley, CAL
                 1:52.28  A Standard
                 1:58.43  B Standard
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Marchand, Leon   FR ASU               1:52.97    1:50.39 A       20  
     r:+0.60  25.28    28.39    28.14    28.58
  2 Gonzalez, Hugo   SR CAL               1:51.27    1:50.57 A       17  
     r:+0.65  24.84    28.11    28.81    28.81
  3 Whitley, Reece   SR CAL               1:50.57    1:50.89 A       16  
     r:+0.61  24.92    28.06    28.73    29.18
  4 Roy, Daniel      SR STAN              1:52.37    1:51.21 A       15  
     r:+0.50  25.44    28.08    28.49    29.20
  5 O'Grady, Chris   FR USC               1:52.66    1:51.67 A       14  
     r:+0.69  25.53    28.30    28.65    29.19
  6 Polonsky, Ron    FR STAN              1:54.60    1:51.73 A       13  
     r:+0.66  25.28    28.43    28.46    29.56
  7 Dillard, Ben     SO USC               1:53.77    1:53.14 B       12  
     r:+0.69  25.68    28.71    28.92    29.83
  8 Louser, Jason    JR CAL               1:52.97    1:54.60 B       11  
     r:+0.67  25.29    28.59    29.64    31.08

Men’s 200 butterfly

Back to the Cal wheelhouse, and back to the top of the standings. Trenton Julian left no doubt in the final, going 1:39.95, an NCAA A cut. It’s more than a second off his Pac-12 champs record from last year (1:38.53). Cal also finished in third and fourth, with Dare Rose and Gabriel Jett, respectively, to run the team lead to an insurmountable 85.5 points.

Alexander Colson of Arizona State finished second in 1:40.28, an NCAA A cut.

Event 20  Men 200 Yard Butterfly
=========================================================================
         NCAA: N 1:37.35  3/25/2017 Jack Conger, Texas
       PAC-12: M 1:38.53  2021      Trenton Julian, CAL
 PAC-12 Champ: P 1:38.53  2021      Trenton Julian, CAL
                 1:40.44  A Standard
                 1:46.69  B Standard
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Julian, Trenton  SR CAL               1:41.22    1:39.95 A       20  
     r:+0.51  22.09    25.21    25.71    26.94
  2 Colson, Alexand  JR ASU               1:41.25    1:40.28 A       17  
     r:+0.66  22.56    25.44    26.19    26.09
  3 Rose, Dare       SO CAL               1:41.85    1:41.36 B       16  
     r:+0.51  22.63    25.83    26.41    26.49
  4 Jett, Gabriel    FR CAL               1:43.27    1:41.42 B       15  
     r:+0.66  22.66    25.37    26.65    26.74
  5 Forst, Preston   SO STAN              1:42.30    1:41.70 B       13.5
     r:+0.62  22.87    25.46    26.49    26.88
  5 Gray, Andrew     JR ASU               1:42.25    1:41.70 B       13.5
     r:+0.58  22.73    25.68    26.21    27.08
  7 Sancov, Alexei   SR USC               1:43.10    1:42.72 B       12  
     r:+0.57  22.81    26.14    26.68    27.09
  8 Roberts, Will    SR CAL               1:43.23    1:48.24         11  
     r:+0.68  23.73    27.44    28.19    28.88

Men’s 400 freestyle relay

 





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