Day 1 Finals Live Wrap-up

December 1, 2022


The very first day of the highly-anticipated Minnesota Welcome begins tonight with timed finals of the males’s and also ladies’s 200 collection and also 800 totally free relays. Groups contending at this welcome consist of hosts Minnesota, Cal, Texas, Wisconsin, Harvard, UNLV, Arizona, and also Pitt.

Perhaps the most significant story of the fulfill is the fight in between Cal and also Texas, the leading 2 males’s groups. Both teams are anticipated to divide the relays tonite, with Cal being the favored to win 200 medley relay and also Texas being the favored in the 800 totally free relay, the occasion in which they hold the NCAA document. The Texas males has actually dressed on a number of events this period consisting of the SMU Standard and also the UVA vs. Texas twin fulfill, while Cal will certainly be fit for the very first time considering that NCAAs in 2014.

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On the ladies’s side, we will certainly see the “fit and also relaxed” launching of Texas, that were the 2022 NCAA runners-up. They are fresh-off handing Virginia their very first twin fulfill loss in 3 years and also being rated # 1 in the CSCAA surveys, and also want to improve their energy throughout welcomes. Cal will certainly be contending at their very first welcome under brand-new head instructor Dave Durden, that took control of the females’ program along with his obligations as males’ head instructor after previous Cal instructor was put in management leave complying with accusations of misuse.

Cal vs. Texas in the ladies’s 800 totally free relay need to be a close one. Although Cal beat Texas by 3 secs last period, they lack crucial relay item Isabel Ivey this moment around. On the other hand, Texas additionally sheds Evie Pfiefer and also they have yet to locate somebody efficient in duplicating her times. The 200 collection relay is anticipated to be a limited fight in between both groups also.

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An additional group making their midseason launching under a brand-new instructor is Pitt, which remains in their very first period led previous Cal aide Chase Krietler


  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut– 1:36.24
  • NCAA ‘B’ Cut– 1:37.02

Leading 3:

  1. Texas ‘A’ Relay– 1:34.46 (A)
  2. Cal ‘A’ Relay– 1:35.62 (A)
  3. Texas ‘B’ Relay– 1:36.66

The Texas ‘A’ relay of Olivia Bray ( 23.79 ), Anna Elendt (26.49 ), Emma Sticklen ( 22.70 ), and also Poise Cooper ( 21.48) won this relay in a time of 1:34.46, which is the third-fastest time in the country behind UVA’s 1:34.33 and also NC State’s 1:34.77. This mark was virtually as quick as the Longhorns’ season-best time of 1:34.04 from in 2014, which is additionally a Huge 12 seminar document. There were many schedule modifications on the Texas relay from in 2014, with Bray swimming back rather than fly like she did at NCAAs, Sticklen swimming fly rather than back, and also Cooper being added as the support.

In 2nd area was Cal’s Isabelle Stadden (23.65 ), Jade Neser (26.85 ), Mckenna Rock (23.32 ), and also Emily Gantriis (21.80 ). Their consolidated time of 1:35.62 is rated # 6 in the country. A noteworthy schedule choice was placing Lea Polonsky and also Mia Kragh, the breaststroker and also leaflet for Cal at NCAAs in 2014 on the ‘B’ relay. Polonsky and also Kragh divided 27.06 and also 23.27 particular by themselves relay.

Stadden established an individual ideal with her backstroke leadoff, vanquishing her old mark of 23.80 from the 2021 Minnesota Invite.

Ending up 3rd was Texas’ ‘B’ relay of Meghan DiMartile (24.79 ), Lydia Jacoby (26.69 ), Kelly Pash (23.22 ), and also Bridget Semenuk (21.96 ).

Various other significant divides from this relay consisted of Phoebe Bacon‘s 24.15 backstroke leadoff for Wisconsin and also Dakota Luther‘s 23.82 fly split on the Texas ‘C’ relay.


  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut– 1:23.76
  • NCAA ‘B’ Cut– 1:24.42

Leading 3:

  1. Cal ‘A’ Relay– 1:22.84
  2. Texas ‘A’ Relay– 1:24.16
  3. Arizona ‘A Relay– 1:24.94

The Cal males were leading in this relay, barking to the second-fastest time in the country– simply 0.02 secs behind Florida’s 1:22.82 from the Georgia Invite.

Bjorn Seeliger obtained points began with a fast 20.73 leadoff (the fastest 50 back time in the country), and also Liam Bell ( 23.20 ), Dare Rose ( 20.06 ), and also Jack Alexy adhered to (18.85 ).

In the lack of their multi-stroke relay hazard Caspar Corbeau, Texas’s Carson Foster (21.38 ), Will Certainly Chan (23.39 ), Cole Crane ( 20.58 ), and also Danny Krueger (18.81) ended up second with a 1:24.16– which is slower than the 1:23.83 they addressed a fit twin fulfill versus Virginia in very early November (that being claimed, Corbeau got on their Texas vs. UVA relay).

Ending up in a shock third was Arizona’s Billy Oates ( 21.73 ), Ryan Foote ( 23.72 ), Seth Miller ( 20.52 ), and also Marin Ercegovic (18.97 ). They incorporated for a while of 1:29.94, which is simply a couple of tenths slower than their 2021-22 season-best time of 1:24.10 from Pac-12s. On top of that, the Wildcats were a little bit over a 2nd off their group document time of 1:23.23 held up in 2013.

The fastest breaststroke split was, certainly, done by Max McHugh, that went 22.78 on Minnesota’s fourth-place relay. As it stands, his split is the 2nd sub-23 split in the nation this period, with the very first one being Reid Mikuta‘s 22.88.

Gabriel Jett tossed down an appealing 21.28 backstroke split on the Cal ‘B’ relay, taking a big piece off his individual ideal of 21.99 from the Cal-Stanford triple-distance fulfill. He’s been trying out backstroke much more this period, having actually established PBs in the 50/100/200-yard sizes of the stroke. Additionally swimming on the ‘B’ relay was Reece Whitley, that was somewhat off his ideal and also divided 24.01 on bust.

On the Texas ‘C’ relay, previous Colorado club swimmer Peter Paulus split 20.54 on the fly leg, however was DQed for a very early begin. Destin Lasco swam fly on the Cal’ relay, splitting 20.65.


  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut– 7:00.86
  • NCAA ‘B’ Cut– 7:05.88

Leading 3:

  1. Texas ‘A’ Relay– 6:59.67
  2. Cal ‘A’ Relay– 7:02.04
  3. Wisconsin ‘A’ Relay– 7:05.05

Bear in mind when I claimed the 800 totally free relay would certainly be a close race in between Texas and also Cal? Well, I was extremely incorrect, due to the fact that Texas blew Cal out of the water tonight. The quartet of Kyla Leibel (1:44.75), Kelly Pash (1:43.45), Erica Sullivan (1:45.47), and also Emma Sticklen (1:46.00) incorporated for a while of 6:59.67 to come to be the junior varsity under 7:00 this period, behind Stanford’s 6:56.45.

Erica Sullivan is a brand-new enhancement to this Texas relay, and also her split tonight might suggest that she’s the prospective substitute for the finished Evie Pfiefer, that got on the 800 totally free relay at NCAAs in 2014 and also split 1:44.29.

Although Wisconsin was somewhat in advance for the very first part of the race, Cal strongly took control of 2nd the 300-yard mark. The moment of 7:02.04 established by Polonsky (1:45.81), Ayla Spitz (1:44.99), Isabelle Stadden (1:46.10), and also Mia Motekaitis (1:45.14) is the third-fastest in the nation.

Polonsky’s leadoff time was simply 0.06 secs off her individual ideal of 1:45.75 from last December.

Wisconsin’s Abby Carlson (1:46.17), Bacon (1:45.33), Abby Wanezek (1:47.80), and also Blair Stoneburg (1:45.75) were 3rd in 7:05.05.

On the Texas ‘B’ relay, Olivia Bray led off in a 1:45.10, a huge decline from her ideal time of 1:46.37 held up in 2017. Her time ought to make a solid instance for her to be on the ‘A’ relay come time for seminars and also NCAAs.


  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut– 6:16.02
  • NCAA ‘B’ Cut– 6:20.41

Leading 3:

  1. Texas ‘A’ Relay– 6:08.79
  2. Cal ‘A’ Relay– 6:10.35
  3. Minnesota ‘A’ Relay– 6:16.25.

Like the ladies, the Texas males had complete control over the 800 totally free relay, as Luke Hobson (1:32.73), Peter Larson (1:32.78), Coby Carrozza (1:32.53), and also Carson Foster (1:30.75) barked to a 6:08.79– surpassing ASU’s 6:08.97 to come to be the # 1 time in the nation. Foster was significantly faster than he went to NCAAs in 2014, when he secured in a 1:31.05 to aid Texas damage the NCAA, United States Open, and also American document.

Being available in secondly was Cal’s Patrick Callan (1:33.64), Gabriel Jett ( 1:32.72), Robin Hanson (1:33.20), and also Destin Lasco (1:30.70). Lasco was a complete 2nd faster than the 1:31.70 he divided at NCAAs in 2014. Cal’s consolidated time of 6:10.35 obtains them under the ‘A’ cut, and also makes them the # 3 group this year.

Minnesota had a huge showcasing for 3rd, as Chris Morris (1:34.22), Bar Soloveychik (1:32.79), Kaiser Neverman (1:33.64), and also Alberto Hernandez Garcia (1:35.60) set up a 6:16.25. The group squashed their previous group document of 6:20.61, which was held up in 2009. On top of that, they are additionally simply 0.23 secs far from NCAA credentials. The Golden Gophers significantly really did not certify any kind of relays for NCAAs in 2014 after their notorious NCAA ‘A’ reduced 200 collection relay was DQed at Large 10s.

Significantly, Alec Enyeart split 1:33.92 on the Texas ‘B’ relay, considerably faster than his level begin ideal time of 1:36.93.

Ratings After The First Day:


  1. Texas– 286
  2. Cal– 278
  3. Wisconsin– 182
  4. Minnesota– 172
  5. Arizona– 160
  6. Harvard– 128
  7. Pitt– 120
  8. UNLV– 26


  1. Cal– 264
  2. Arizona– 220
  3. Texas– 202
  4. Minnesota– 166
  5. Wisconsin– 160
  6. Harvard– 130
  7. Pitt– 120
  8. UNLV– 90