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Tandy shines as Cal dominate Arizona

by ZwemZa on January 25th, 2015
Brad Tandy

Brad Tandy

The California women’s swimming team won Saturday’s dual meet over Arizona, but the Wildcats did not make it an easy task, challenging the Golden Bears in nearly every event and improving on many of their swims from Friday’s meet against Stanford. On the men’s side, Cal had no trouble dispatching Arizona, winning that meet by 112 points.

The California women, currently tied with Georgia at the top of the CSCAA rankings, won the women’s meet 157-143 over 14th-ranked Arizona. Missy Franklin and Bonnie Brandon were the stars for their teams, as both won two events with times that are among the fastest posted around the country this past weekend.

Franklin and Brandon, who raced against each other often as age-group swimmers in Colorado, reunited for a matchup in the 200 free. Brandon was slightly handicapped by having swum the backstroke leg on Arizona’s 400 medley relay about five minutes earlier, while the 200 free marked Franklin’s first race of the day. Franklin led wire-to-wire with a winning time of 1:46.62. Brandon hung back in fourth for the first half of the race then found a late surge to place second with a 1:48.05.

Franklin focused solely on freestyle today, winning the 100 free in 49.47 for the only swim under 50 seconds this afternoon. She rarely swims the 50 free, but put together a solid 22.93 to barely get touched out by teammate Farida Osman, who won with a 22.93.

Brandon’s two wins came in the 500 free and 200 back, the same events she won yesterday against Stanford. The 200 back was one of the most thrilling races of the day, with Cal’s Elizabeth Pelton – the 2013 NCAA champion – challenging Brandon throughout the race. As she did in the 200 free, Brandon found a second gear in the final 50 yards and outsplit Pelton, 28.77 to 28.90, to win with a 1:55.77 to Pelton’s 1:56.07. That’s three tenths faster than Brandon swam against Stanford, and the key was her final 50 yards. Pelton swam her race almost identically to the one she posted on Friday against Arizona State.

Brandon won the 500 free in 4:47.07, pulling away quickly from 400 free Pan Pacs medalist Cierra Runge of California quickly and improving on yesterday’s swim by five seconds. Runge was second in 4:51.05, two seconds faster than she swam yesterday against Arizona State.

On the men’s side California showed the Arizona Wildcats why they are the reigning NCAA champions, winning all but one swimming event and posting 1-2-3 sweeps in five of them. The men’s diving competition was highlighted by the rare breaking of a board during the 3-meter event.

Josh Prenot was one of the busiest swimmers in the men’s meet, winning three of the toughest events on the program. He dominated the 400 IM, winning by nearly eight seconds with a 3:50.53. Prenot looked to be in cruise control throughout the race, posting a time well off the 3:42.24 he swam last month at the Georgia Invite but still a quick unrested time.

Prenot also won the 200 fly with a 1:47.65 over the 1:49.23 by teammate Dane Stassi, with Arizona’s Justin Wright preventing a Cal 1-2-3 finish with a 1:49.49 for third over the 1:49.86 by 2012 NCAA champion Will Hamilton of California. Prenot was also the winner of the 200 breast with a 1:56.69 over the 1:57.79 by teammate Chuck Katis.

Arizona’s only win today came in the 50 free, where South African ace Brad Tandy won from lane one with a 19.95. That’s faster than the 20.11 he swam on Friday, and he needed to be faster to beat Cal’s Messerschmidt, who was second with a strong 20.05.

California Vs. Arizona Dual Meet – Results

For the full story and more, go to Swimming World Magazine


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