No. 4 Bears Pull Out At Minnesota Invitational

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No.  4 Bears Pull Out At Minnesota Invitational

MINNEAPOLIS – The penultimate day of the Minnesota Invitational saw the fourth-ranked California men’s swimming & diving team extend their points lead at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center on Friday. Gabriel Jett, Giving Roses and Tyler Kopp took individual wins, and the Golden Bears finished the day by winning the 400-yard medley relay with an NCAA A-cut time.

Rose started the evening session with a great performance in the 100 butterfly. She finished with a season-best time of 44.98, which bettered her NCAA B-cut time and recorded the sixth-fastest time in the event this season. Rose’s time was just shy of her All-American time of 44.75 set at the Jean K. Freeman Aquaticas Center last spring during the 2023 NCAA Championships.

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Kopp dropped five seconds off her top time in the 400 individual medley to finish first. Kopp touched the wall with an NCAA B-cut time of 3:45.74 It was Kopp’s top time in the event since he finished in 3:43.75 at the 2023 Pac-12 Championships. Teammate Humberto Najera took sixth with a time of 3:50.17.

The Bears’ depth was on display in the 200 freestyle. Cal took the top four spots, with the fifth-ranked Bears taking seventh. Jett won her second event of the meet, topping the NCAA B-cut time of 1:32.17, which is the sixth-fastest time in the nation this year. Robin Hanson, Keaton Jonesand Jack Alexy finished two through four, as Hanson finished in 1:33.30, followed by Jones in 1:33.43, and Alexy in 1:33.93. Trent Frandson finished seventh with a time of 1:35.88.

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The A-final of the 100 breaststroke saw the Bears take three of the top five spots. Matthew Jensen took second with an NCAA B-cut time of 52.79, improving on her prelim time of 53.06. Jacob Soderlund finished third with a time of 53.29, and Hank Rivers took fifth with a time of 53.58.

Kai Crews took third in the 100 backstroke with Ziyad Saleem finishing just behind him in fifth. The crew clocked an NCAA B-cut time of 46.84,. Saleem finished with a time of 47.04. Bjorn Seeliger won the B-final with a time of 46.06, which would have been good enough to take second in the A-final.

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In the final swimming event of the night, Cal finished first and third in the 400 medley relay. A lineup of Cal Destin LascoJensen, Rose, and Seeliger finished with an NCAA A-cut time of 3:02.82, the fourth-fastest time in the nation this season.

In the 1-meter diving competition, freshman Geoffrey Vavitsas finished fifth with a score of 305.10. Conrad Eck took seventh with a score of 285.50.

After three days, the Bears opened up a big lead in the team standings with 1,521 points. Arizona is second with 1080.5 points.

The Minnesota Invitational concludes Saturday starting with the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly.