SAN FRANCISCO – The 2019 Pac-12 Men’s Swimming Championships are shaping up to be as competitive as ever as the meet continues to show off a number of the top swimmers inside the world. The Conference Championships might be held March 6-nine at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash. California looks to defend its Pac-12 identify after it collected its fifth crew identify at last year’s Conference Championships by the most significant margin of victory seeing that 2007.
Measured by using country full championships, national awards, and Olympics achievement, the Pac-12 Conference has one of the maximum impressive legacies in collegiate swimming. Pac-12 faculties own almost a 3rd of all NCAA Division I titles, with 24 NCAA crew titles, and lead the kingdom with the maximum contributors to have gained a group NCAA name with 5 (California, Arizona, Stanford, UCLA, and USC).
California has held the top spot in the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Top 25 Poll in the course of the season. All six league programs are ranked within the top 20 within the poll. Stanford comes in at seventh, USC is 10th, Arizona State lands at 15, Arizona is proper at the back of at 16 and rounding out the poll in Utah ranked 20th.
Arizona State has taken an early lead within the race for the Pac-12 Championship with wins in the one-meter and platform from Pac-12 Men’s Diver of the Meet Youssef Selim. Stanford comes in at 2d with a victory from freshman Conor Casey at the 3-meter and 3 second-location finishes from teammate and fellow freshman Noah Vigran.
Selim topped the rostrum with a score of 402.00 on the one-meter, beating out 2nd region via nearly 70 factors, the largest margin of victory within the event at the Pac-12 Championships because of 2005. He is now the two-time reigning Pac-12 Champion after gathering his first win within the game the last yr. Stanford’s Vigran completed 2nd with a score of 331.95 and in the third area changed into some other Sun Devil, David Hoffer (317.15). Five overall divers recorded an NCAA qualifying preferred of three hundred points with the additions of Cardinal diver Connor Callahan (316.35) and Arizona’s Eric Correa (301.50).
Stanford’s freshman took the pinnacle podium spots inside the three-meter with Conor Casey taking first with a rating of 382.40 and his teammate Noah Vigran coming in 2nd with a rating of 378.75. ASU’s David Hoffer rounded out 0.33 with a rating of 373.70.
On Friday, Selim became the first diver in 4 years to take domestic guys’s Pac-12 Diving Championships with a victory within the platform with a score of 339.10. Stanford’s Vigran earned his 1/3-consecutive 2d-place finish and ASU’s Hoffer also claimed his 1/3-consecutive 1/3-place finish.
ARIZONA: The sixteenth-ranked Wildcats (1-five, zero-four Pac-12) began the season on a excessive note with a dominant 172-a hundred twenty five dual meet victory at Grand Canyon in October. 16 scholar-athletes have earned NCAA “B” cuts and sophomore Brooks Fail has robotically certified for the NCAA Championships along with his time of 4:eleven.Eighty four in the 500-yard freestyle at the Texas Invitational. His time is currently the second one-quickest in the state this season. Chatham Dobbs additionally appears to electrify in his final Pac-12 Championships, because the senior presently holds the quickest time at the team this season in the 50-backyard freestyle (19.Forty seven), 100-yard butterfly (forty five.Eighty five) and a hundred-backyard backstroke (45.85). He swam all of those “B” Cut times at the Texas Invitational.
ARIZONA STATE: The Sun Devils (2-three, 1-three Pac-12) have earned its No. 15 ranking in large part at the back of the help of its freshman magnificence. Listed because the fifth-excellent incoming class through SwimSwam earlier this yr, 4 extraordinary freshmen have blended to relaxed seven “B” Cuts heading into the Pac-12 Championships in Cody Bybee (200-backyard freestyle, 500-backyard freestyle, 200-backyard butterfly), Liam Bresette (200-backyard freestyle, 500-backyard freestyle), Khalil Fonder (100-backyard backstroke) and Jack Edgemond (200-backyard butterfly). Two Sun Devils presently keep marks proper for top-11 in Division I in Grant House (eleventh in 200-backyard freestyle at 1:33.34) and Zach Poti (11th in 2 hundred-yard backstroke at 1:40.Forty eight). ASU completed nicely against prestigious opposition on the Indiana Invitational, which blanketed No. 2 Indiana, No. 3 NC State and No. Eight Louisville. Senior Danny Comforti gained the two hundred-yard breaststroke whilst Poti won the 100-yard backstroke.
CALIFORNIA: Head train David Durden, who become named head instruct of the guys’s U.S. Crew for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics ultimate fall, led the No. 1-ranked Bears to an undefeated season with a 6-0 usual and five-zero Conference report. The reigning Pac-12 Champions are anchored through senior Andrew Seliskar, who presently holds the top instances in Division I and “A” cuts in the 200-yard freestyle (1:30.86), 2 hundred-yard breaststroke (1:15.85) and the 200-backyard man or woman medley (1:40.55). Seliskar was named the Pac-12 Swimmer of the Meet after triumphing two person titles and setting Pac-12 Championships facts in each the four hundred-backyard individual medley (3:38.65) and 2 hundred-yard breaststroke (1:51.30) last 12 months. Teammates Reece Whitley and Zheng Quah have additionally routinely qualified for NCAA’s, Whitley doing so in both the 100-yard breaststroke (fifty one.49) and 200-backyard breaststroke (1:fifty two.47) at the same time as Quah holds the fastest time in Division I inside the two hundred-backyard butterfly (1:39.29). The 400-backyard freestyle relay crew also holds the pinnacle time and an “A” reduce with a time of 2:48.44.
STANFORD: The Cardinal had a sturdy dual meet season, boasting a five-1 report and 4-1 in the Pac-12. Defending Pac-12 Swimmer of the Year and NCAA four hundred-yard person medley champion, Abrahm DeVine enters his very last postseason prepared to make an effect. He set a private-satisfactory in the 50-backyard backstroke (21.Ninety eight) against Arizona State in January and has the second-quickest time in the Pac-12 for the 200-backyard person medley, a “B” cut time of one:forty two.71. Despite the lack of Grant Shoults to harm, Stanford boasts one of the exceptional distance freestyle corporations within the nation with True Sweetser, James Murphy, Matthew Hirschberger and Johannes Calloni. Each of them have secured “B” cuts in the 1650-backyard freestyle and preserve three of the top five instances within the league this yr.
USC: The Trojans (5-2, 3-2 Pac-12) look to have some other robust displaying at the Pac-12 Championships in the back of its standout seniors Patrick Mulcare and Carsten Vissering. Both currently preserve a top time and “A” reduce in Division I, Mulcare doing so in the 2 hundred-backyard backstroke with a time of 1:38.Ninety one and Vissering swimming the one hundred-yard breaststroke in 50.88 seconds, which additionally set a program-report. Both Mulcare and Vissering additionally race a leg on the incredible two hundred-backyard medley and four hundred-backyard medley relays that have qualified for the NCAA Championships. A newcomer to look at out for is freshman Victor Johansson, a professional distance freestyler, who holds “B” cuts within the 500-yard freestyle (four:17.06) and the 1650-yard freestyle (15.17.22).
UTAH: It has been a season of broken statistics for the Utes (4-3, zero-3 Pac-12). Senior captain Daniel McArthur set the college document within the two hundred-yard backstroke (1:41.38) and the two hundred-backyard individual medley (1:forty four.Sixty eight) at the Minnesota Invitational returned in November. Freshman Andrew Britton additionally set a brand new program mark inside the 100-yard breaststroke at the invitational with a time of 53.30. McArthur and Britton every swam a leg at the 2 hundred-backyard medley relay group that broke a faculty report with a time of one:24.39. Utah’s two hundred-yard freestyle relay crew is also one to look out for, as they published the second one-excellent time within the Conference at 1:17.36.
TELEVISION AND LIVE STREAM COVERAGE:
Expanded live coverage of the Pac-12 Men’s Swimming Finals will air stay on Pac-12 Washington and other local networks and may be to be had to authenticated users on Pac-12.Com and the Pac-12 Now app on Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9, starting at 6:30 p.M. PT/7:30 p.M. MT on each nights.