By Dan D’Addona.
Last week, the Pac-12 Conference had a few of its major matchups as Cal and Stanford faced USC and UCLA on one day, then flip-flopped the next.
This week, it is the Cal and Stanford men’s turn for the flip-flop weekend with USC — plus there is another major rivalry on the docket out west: Arizona vs. Arizona State. The rankings.
There are plenty of storylines this week, but we have to start with Arizona State. The Sun Devils are fresh off upsetting defending men’s national champion Texas in a dual meet last week.
The No. 10 Sun Devils were able to secure a victory over the 2017 NCAA championship team by winning 7 of 12 events for a 162-138 victory.
Christian Lorenz‘s 100 and 200 breaststroke double was a double winner, along with Zach Poti‘s backstroke sweep.
There were plenty of other great performances from the Sun Devils. Cameron Craig, who took the men’s 100 freestyle in a time of 42.97, ahead of UT’s Brett Ringgold in 44.59. Craig took second in the 200 freestyle later in the meet beyond Freshman standout Grant House who swam to a win in the event with a 1:35.88. The Sun Devils showed some distance by winning the 1000 freestyle with Ben Olszewski who put together a 9:10.81.
ASU took the final relay as well with the combination of Craig, Andrew Porter, Evan Carlson, and Patrick Park who produced a 1:18.87 for the win ahead of the Longhorns who put together a 1:19.64, for second.
It capped the biggest victory in Arizona State program history.
Now the Sun Devils face rival Arizona on Saturday and will look to avoid a letdown.
Meanwhile, the Stanford men and Cal men face USC, led by Dylan Carter and a talented team that is looking to make a strong statement before the Pac-12 Championships.
Cal faces USC on Friday, then Stanford faces the Trojans on Saturday. Utah also faces Oregon State in a women’s meet on Saturday.