By Dan D’Addona.
Triple the distance equals triple the fun, right?
The Cal and Stanford men have made their Triple Distance Meet one of the staples of the swim season. It is a different take on a big rivalry. The meet is fun, different, competitive and eye-opening.
Each swimmer has to swim three distances of the same stroke and the cumulative time total from all three determines the winner. So a sprinter would swim the 50-, 100- and 200-yard freestyle events. The meet pits all-or-nothing sprinters with 200 specialists.
And it is not just in the freestyle. Every stroke has sprinters and distance specialists. Plus the stroke specialists get to have an all-out sprint in the 50 breaststroke, backstroke, butterfly and 100 IM.
Cal defeated Stanford in the meet by winning four of the total events.
Here are some of the highlights:
Cal’s Ryan Murphy returned to racing with a win in the backstroke while fellow senior Hunter Cobleigh won a tight battle with teammate Connor Hoppe to claim victory in the breaststroke. Freshman Michael Jensen took the victory in the sprint freestyle and Andrew Seliskar finished the day with the best overall time in the individual medley.
Hoppe and Cobleigh faced off in the breaststroke, after Hoppe won both the 50 and 100-yard versions of the event, Cobleigh rallied with a time of 2:01.07 to finish the three events with a time of 3:22.64 that was just nine-hundreths of a second faster than Hoppe.
Murphy made his 2016 debut with dominant swims in the backstroke, winning the 50 (21.84), 100 (46.08) and 200 (1:41.80) to earn the victory.
Jensen won in the 100 and 200 to the victory in the sprint freestyle events. Seliskar won the 100 IM. He rolled to wins in the 200 and 400 and took the overall title.
Stanford’s Grant Shoults (1:37.13) won the 200-yard freestyle, and the 500 freestyle (4:23.85).
Jimmy Yoder (1:44.02) set a pool record in the 200-yard butterfly, breaking Gray Umbach’s record from Stanford’s last meeting with Cal in the 2015-16 season.
Check out the complete results here.