Stanford earns silver in Pac-12 swimming championship

Stanford finished second at the Pac-12 Conference Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, which finished Saturday at the King County Aquatic Center.

Cal won its second consecutive conference title, scoring 786 points en route to the victory. Stanford had 661 points and finished ahead of third-place USC. Arizona was fourth, followed by Utah, Arizona State, UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly.

"It was not a perfect meet – they never are – but we finished on a really high note in the 400 free relay as well as Connor Black's 100 fly and Mason Shaw's 100 breast which is looking like they'll get picked up (for the NCAA Championships)," Stanford coach Ted Knapp said. "We finished with a lot of best times. We have our work cut out for the NCAA Championships, and diving next week should be an exciting component to this year's NCAA team."

The Cardinal looks toward the NCAA Zone E Diving Championships (March 13-15) in Colorado Springs, Colo., as the NCAA Championships (March 27-29) will be held in Austin, Texas.

David Nolan, Tom Kremer, Thomas Stephens and Connor Black went 2:52.79 for an NCAA A-cut during a time trial heat of the 400 free relay.

Black went 46.52 in a 100 fly time trial and Mason Shaw logged a 53.17 in a similar edition of the 100 breast, with both times all but assuring a spot in the NCAA Championships.

To start the evening finals, Bryan Offutt (15:14.63) notched a ninth-place finish in the mile and was joined by 12th-place Danny Thomson (15:22.53) and 13th-place Justin Buck (15:22.62). Utah took home its first-ever individual championship as Bence Kiraly won in 14:58.37.

Cal's Ryan Murphy earned his second individual victory and set a meet record in the 200 back, going 1:39.21 to beat David Nolan's 1:40.39 set last season. Nolan (1:40.60) finished third in the event behind Cal's Jacob Pebley, who was second in 1:40.38.

Ethan Hallowell was 16th in the 100 free (44.60) and Max Williamson (1:55.86) took fifth in the 200 breast in front of Mason Shaw (1:56.29). Arizona's Kevin Cordes snagged the 200 breast title in 1:51.80, breaking Stanford standout Gary Marshall's meet-record 1:52.71.

Stanford placed three in the finals of the 200 fly, topped off by Tom Kremer's fifth-place 1:43.81. Gray Umbach (1:45.06) and Jimmy Yoder (1:45.11) took seventh and eighth, respectively.

The 400 free relay wrapped up the night with a controversial finish as Cal placed first but had an early take-off on the third leg and was disqualified. USC took home the relay title in 2:51.95. Drew Cosgarea, Chris Pickard, Hallowell and Jeff Garnier took sixth in 2:58.50.

— Stanford Athletics


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