Bears glide past Utah, Pacific

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It was a busy weekend for Cal men’s swim and dive, but as the saying goes, success only comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it. And the Bears certainly had no time to think about anything other than the task at hand.

First on their list: A dual meet against Utah on Friday, Oct. 22. The Bears stormed in and pillaged Ute Natatorium, leaving Utah still seeking its first win of the season. This is the second meet in a row where the Utes have faced a nationally ranked team; for its season opener a week ago, Utah, despite wanting to start the year off strong against No. 10 Stanford, ultimately lost 104-191.

This time around, though the Utes hoped to complete the upset, Cal dominated both the clock and scoreboard by outscoring the Utes 166-95. That was more than enough to continue its streak of 16 undefeated dual meets. Of the 16 events available for competition, the Bears won 13 of them, falling behind in only the 200-yard freestyle, 500-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly. All three losses were by less than a second.

Only 16 Bears attended the Utah meet, which makes their convincing win even more impressive. Eight different swimmers recorded an individual event win Friday, including Hugo González, who touched first in the 100 backstroke and the 200 breaststroke. González’s 1:57.18 breaststroke time was more than seven seconds faster than Trenton Julien’s second place time of 2:04.77.

Gabriel Jett, Reece Whitley, Trenton Julian, Björn Seeliger, Jack Alexy, Colby Mefford and Chris Jhong also added a win to their resume.

The Bears took home both relays, starting the competition off with a resounding win in the 200-yard medley relay and leaving the Utes after dominating the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Just one day after stamping blue and gold all over Ute Natatorium, the other half of the Bears traveled to Stockton, California to compete in the Pacific Invite against the University of the Pacific and UC Santa Cruz. Though Cal only participated in one day of the two-day tournament, Chris Kjeldsen Pool became Bear territory. The Bears won in 11 of the 14 events, losing only the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly to Pacific. In the 1000-yard freestyle, Cal did not have any athletes participate.

In true Cal fashion, the Bears won both the 400-yard medley relay and 400 freestyle relay, propelling them toward first place with 244 points. Pacific secured second with 187.5 points, and Santa Cruz earned 116.5 points.

Though packed with action, this weekend was a testament to how dominant Cal men’s swim dive truly is. A divided Bear team still blew its opponents out of the water: How much of a threat can a united team bring?

Cal’s next meet will come Friday, Nov. 5 when it hosts Stanford in the annual Triple Distance Meet at Spieker Aquatics Complex.

Cynthia Ge covers men’s swim and dive. Contact her at [email protected].