Gabriel Jett, Destin Lasco Lead California in Arizona Sweep

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Gabriel Jett, Destin Lasco Lead California in Arizona Sweep

Destin Lasco and Gabriel Jett won two events each as California swept Arizona in a pair of dual meets Friday night.

The No. 2 men’s team topped the No. 19 Wildcats, 187-98. The 11th-ranked Cal women’s team claimed a 199-94 decision.

Lasco and Jett helped the Golden Bears make quick work of the Wildcats. Lasco won the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:36.63, ahead of Colby Mefford. Lasco then won the 200 breaststroke in 1:58.94, ahead of Jason Louser.

Jett won the 1,000 freestyle in 9:16.87. He added the 200 individual medley crown in 1:46.31, nearly three seconds ahead of Reece Whitley. In between, Jett finished second to Mefford (1:46.65) in the 200 backstroke.

Louser won the 100 breast 54.30. Bjorn Seeliger captured the 50 free in 19.83. Dylan Hawk (44.62) won the 100 free, then Tyler Kopp outdueled teammate Robin Hanson by .14 seconds in the 500 free.

Cal won both relays, with Jack Alexy on both squads. On the 200 free relay was Hugo Gonzalez, making his season debut for the Golden Bears. The 2022 NCAA champion finished fifth in the 200 free (1:40.82) and fifth in the 100 fly (50.64). He split 20.83 on the 200 free relay.

Haakon Naughton swept the butterfly events for Arizona. Ryan Purdy claimed the 100 back.

Isabelle Stadden led the women’s team to the easy victory. She won the 200 back in 1:57.51, then claimed the 200 IM in 2:02.41. She had also finished second to teammate Ella Mazurek in the 50 free, Stadden going 23.30 to Mazurek’s 23.19.

Stadden lead off the 200 medley relay with Mazurek anchoring, joined by Jade Neser and Emily Gantriis in a victorious time of 1:37.98. Mazurek and Gantriis were also on the wining 200 free relay.

Ayla Spitz won the 100 free in 50.23, then claimed the 100 back in 54.37. Sarah DiMeco won the 1,000 free and was second to teammate Fanni Fabian in the 500. Neser won the 100 breast.

Arizona didn’t win until diving. Quinn Gariepy-Regan scored 257.25 to win 1-meter, while Delaney Schnell tallied 326.55 in winning 3-meter. Julia Heimstead (second in the 200 fly, third in the 100 fly) and Axana Merckx (second in the 200 back, third in the 100 back) had two top-three finishes each.