Cal swimming and diving earned a convincing 198-98 dual meet victory over rival Stanford on Saturday afternoon at Avery Aquatic Center.
The dominant afternoon was a start-to-finish affair for the Bears, who swept the relays and won 10 of 12 individual swimming events en route to their 12th consecutive dual meet victory dating back to Oct. 3, 2018. It was Cal’s second straight dual meet win against the Cardinal. Ryan Hoffer, Zheng Wen Quah and Reece Whitley won two individual events apiece.
A 1:24.91 first-place finish by Cal swimming’s Bryce Mefford, Karl Arvidsson, Pawel Sendyk and Hoffer in the 200 medley relay kicked off the afternoon. After Stanford won the 1000 free, the Bears reeled off five straight individual wins in the 200 free (Quah, 1:35.10), 100 back (Daniel Carr, 46.08), 100 breast (Whitley, 52.94), 200 fly (Trenton Julian, 1:44.57) and 50 free (Hoffer, 19.25) before the first diving break.
Following the break, Hoffer claimed the 100 free in 42.99, Mefford touched first in the 100 back (1:42.06) and Whitley won his second breast event, the 200, in 1:52.72. Quah and Hugo Gonzalez then capped the afternoon’s individual events with wins in the 100 fly and 200 IM, respectively.
With victory already in hand, Quah, Hoffer, Sendyk and Michael Jensen ended the meet with a 2:53.25 win in the 400 free relay.
In the diving events, Connor Callahan earned seven total points with a second-place 318.80 in the 1-meter and a third-place 305.25 in the 3-meter.
Cal swimming focus will shift to the Pac-12 Championships, held in Federal Way, Wash., on Feb. 26-29 (diving) and March 4-7 (swimming). Senior diver Callahan will represent the Bears at the diving championships before the swimmers travel north the following week. All events will be aired live on the Pac-12 Network from the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center.
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