2018-2019 Season: Men's Swimming

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I made the trek over to the Farm this afternoon to watch our Bears take on their Card counterparts on a beautiful autumn afternoon. Small crowd @ 100 spectators evenly split in their rooting interests. 2 pm start meant I had a 2 hour plus commute back to the East Bay after the meet.

Disappointed not to see Seliskar, Sand and Norman (as well as Song, Young,Daughtry and Takahashi) as I enjoy tracking individual times year on year. But the smaller Cal squad was more than up to the task as they dominated across the board save for distant free, where Norman's absence was keenly felt.

6'9" frosh star Reece Whitley was the Bear swimmer of the meet as he won all three breast competitions and swam on the winning 200 medley team. It would have been fun watching Seli dual with Reece, as they have the top two times in the 200 this year (1:55.87 and 1:56.81) . Stanford frosh Dan Roy, who visited Cal before committing to the Cards swam a nice 1:58.54 that ranks 6th so far this year.

Zheng Quah swept the fly individual completion and also swam a free leg on the winning 200 free relay team but without any real competition (last year he had to compete against Justin Lynch and the Cards Andrew Liang) Quah's winning times were slower than his times last year.

Bryce Mefford had a fast 1:43.79 B cut time in the 200 back, which currently ranks # 2 this year. Bryce finished 4th at NCAAs in this event last March and will be expected to dual with Texas aces Austin Katz and John Shebat this year.

Pawel Sendyk (who apparently sports a 3.7 in Computer Sciences) continues to have a terrific early season with impressive winning times in both the 50 and 100 over teammates Ryan Hoffer and Michael Jensen.

It looks like junior former distance freestyler Shane Forker is now working with the sprint group as he competed in the 50/100/200 sprints, and finished 3rd in the 200 free, ahead of Hoffer, Sendyk and Biondi.
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2018-2019 MEN'S NCAA POWER RANKINGS: NOVEMBER EDITION

(Also receiving votes: Missouri, Auburn, Virginia Tech)
#20: FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES (PREVIOUS RANK: N/A)
#19: NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH (Previous Rank: N/A)
#18: HARVARD CRIMSON (PREVIOUS RANK: #15)
#17: OHIO STATE BUCKEYES (PREVIOUS RANK: N/A)
#16: PURDUE BOILERMAKERS (PREVIOUS RANK: #16)
#15: TEXAS A&M AGGIES (PREVIOUS RANK: #13)
#14: VIRGINIA CAVAILERS (PREVIOUS RANK: #12)
#13: MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS (PREVIOUS RANK: #14)
#12: ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE (PREVIOUS RANK: #17)
#11: TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS (PREVIOUS RANK: #10)

#10: GEORGIA BULLDOGS (PREVIOUS RANK: #8)
Freshman Andrew Abruzzo was hard to rank as a recruit because of his long course focus; he's already come within a second of his lifetime best in the 500, indicating that his short course times should come into line with his long course performances. -RG

Javier Acevedo was really all this team had going for it in the sprints, and he's out with a broken foot. The relays are going to be hurting as long as Acevedo's foot is. -JA

#9: FLORIDA GAORS (PREVIOUS RANK: #11)
Freshmen are looking great, and the returners are posting highly competitive times as well. Khader Baqlah has been 1:34 in the 200 free already, and 8 other Gators have been under 1:40. Grant Sanders and Kieran Smith are leading a very good IM group. -SP
Their freshman class is outperforming any other team's rookies. Their in-season pure sprint freestyle power still leaves a bit to be desired, but what else would you expect post-Dressel? -KO

#8: USC TROJANS (PREVIOUS RANK: #9)
I like the way the Trojans look. They have a group of freshmen freestylers that are looking like a force to be reckoned with, especially in the 200 and up. -SP
Inflated invite times aside, USC still has to prove itself with some more regular season consistency. The talent is there, but the fact they most have suited swims this year makes it harder to gauge how they'll be in March. -KO

#7: LOUISVILLE CARDINAL (PREVIOUS RANK: #7)
The men haven't gotten the SMU Classic bump the women did, but the top-tier guys were very solid at the ACC Big Ten Challenge. Nicolas Albiero continues to crush in the NCAA format. -JA

#6: MICHIGAN WOLVERINES (PREVIOUS RANK: #6)
Ricardo Vargas going 8:46 in the 1000 in November is huge. Between Vargas and Felix Auboeck, the Wolverines should have distance free points rolling in. Patrick Callan and Will Chan are looking to be huge impact freshmen, each leading the team in an event currently. -SP
One of the standout teams of the Big Ten vs ACC Challenge. I think it's still a dead heat with Stanford, but Michigan has shown a little more so far, while Stanford is playing its cards closer to the vest. -JA
The Wolverines have one of the best mid/distance free groups in the country, and they're on pace to put up big points in those events, but the sprint free relays are looking a little suspect after losing Paul Powers and James Peek. -RG

#5: STANFORD CARDINAL (PREVIOUS RANK: #4)
The summer Jack LeVant hype is wearing off a little bit, and Stanford hasn't really geared up for any meet the way the other top programs have. Only 2 Stanford swimmers are in scoring range in the Swimulator but both are freshmen. Daniel Roy is the other. -JA

#4: NC STATE WOLFPACK (PREVIOUS RANK: #5)
Between Jacob Molacek, Justin Ress and Coleman Stewart, NC State has 3 of the top 4 times in the nation this season in the 100 free. Think their relay is going to be OK? -JA
The Wolfpack still has a strong sprint group, with Nyls Korstanje looking to be a big impact freshman. Coleman Stewart and Andreas Vazaios have put up big times early in the season. -SP

#3: INDIANA HOOSIERS (PREVIOUS RANK: #3)
The Hoosiers beat Texas without even getting anything special from Zach Apple. Just how good are these medleys going to be? -JA
Indiana has been looking really good as well this fall, and it should be noted that they have one of the best diving squads too. Mohamed Samy and Bruno Blaskovic have put up great free times. Gabriel Fantoni has been stellar in backstroke as expected, but has also posted a 47.9 100 fly, which should provide depth in an event where Vini Lanza is in the title hunt. Michael Brinegar being 9:00 in the 1000 is encouraging. Matthew Jerden is swimming faster than last fall, providing quality breaststroke depth to Ian Finnerty. This team has what it takes to win the NCAAs, and, yes, that means they have what it takes to beat Texas and Cal. -SP

#2: TEXAS LONGHORNS (PREVIOUS RANK: #1)
I think the top 3 is so close right now, but the picture may become a little clearer coming out of the November invites. The Longhorns are swimming well right now, including their big-impact freshmen class. Charlie Scheinfeld could prove to be their most important freshman come March. Still, Texas has some relay hurdles to overcome. I'm really interested to see how they swim at their invite in a few weeks. -SP
Are we doing this again? The defending champs don't lose their favorite status until we see something definitive. Cal and IU look good, but we just don't know enough about Texas yet for me to make a change at #1. -JA
Drew Kibler and Townley Haas could both be on the 200 free relay, but can/will score in the 500. John Shebat didn't mention the 200 free relay when he talked about swimming the 200 IM. Shebat appears to be the flier on the 400 medley relay, but he just broke 48 for the first time ever. All that to say, I'd like to see how those two relays look like they may pan out before I'd think about ranking Texas over Cal. -RG

#1: CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS (PREVIOUS RANK: #2)
Da Bears just keeping swimming fast in-season. The 200 breast is shaping up to be a battle between last year's top two finishers (Ian Finnerty and Andrew Seliskar), and three freshmen, and Reece Whitley may just come out on top. -RG
Cal is looking really good right now. Trenton Julian has been fast in his usual events, and dropped a somewhat out of nowhere lifetime best 4:23.23 500 free in the Cal vs Pacific dual. Seliskar is on fire this Fall, as we expected he would be. Carson Sand is 2 seconds faster in the 100 breast and 5 seconds faster in the 200 breast than he was at this point last season. If Seliskar swims the 200 breast at NCAAs instead of the 200 fly, Cal will have an absolutely killer breaststroke group between Seliskar, Reece Whitley, and Sand. -SP
Cal looks like the suffocatingly deep team we thought they'd be: currently, 12 Golden Bears are in range to score individual in our Swimulator. -JA
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TEXAS WOMEN, CAL MEN REMAIN ATOP CSCAA DUAL MEET POLL


Seli flexing...


RANK | PREVIOUS | TEAM | POINTS
1 | 1 | California | 250
2 | 2 | Indiana | 238
3 | 4 | NC State | 237
4 | 3 | Florida | 207
4 | 6 | Michigan | 207
6 | 5 | Texas | 200
7 | 8 | Southern California | 197
8 | 7 | Stanford | 175
9 | 13 | Louisville | 172
10 | 15 | Tennessee | 163
11 | 10 | Ohio State | 146
12 | 11 | Alabama | 141
13 | 12 | Texas A&M | 127
14 | 9 | Georgia | 109
15 | 16 | Virginia | 106
16 | NR | Virginia Tech | 102
17 | 14 | Arizona State | 97
18 | 20 | Minnesota | 66
19 | NR | Florida State | 58
20 | 17 | Georgia Tech | 57
21 | NR | Notre Dame | 47
22 | 25 | Purdue | 35
23 | NR | Kentucky | 33
24 | 19 | Missouri | 31
25 | 21 | Arizona | 13

Also Receiving Votes: Pittsburgh (12), Harvard/Iowa (11), Wisconsin/Princeton (1)
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