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California Crowned 2023 NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Champions

Mar 25, 2023

Minneapolis, Minn. – For the second consecutive season and the eighth time in program history, the California Golden Bears took home the Men’s Swimming & Diving NCAA Championship title. The 2023 title moves the Bears into a tie for second-most national championships in Pac-12 history.

Thanks to one first-place finish and 15 overall podium finishes, the Bears compiled a total of 482 points, giving them a 52-point victory over conference foe Arizona State, who saw their highest finish in program history finishing with 430 points.

Cal’s Destin Lasco set a new personal and pool record as he captured the 200 backstroke NCAA title. Swimming a 1:35.87, the junior came away with his second consecutive title in the event.

All-in-all the Pac-12 earned 24 podium finishes and 46 All-American performances.

The Sun Devils' runner-up finish was highlighted by an individual sweep by standout sophomore Leon Marchand

Marchand left his mark on the 2023 NCAA Championships, setting three new NCAA records with his three Championship titles, taking home a win in every individual event he competed in. 

To start the competition strong, Marchand opened with a 1:36.34 200 IM final, giving him his first back-to-back Championship title and setting a new NCAA record, beating out a record previously set by himself. 

In the 400 IM, Marchand blew his previous NCAA record out of the water, finishing almost three seconds faster with a time of 3:28.82 to take home his second NCAA title. 

Rounding out his individual performance, Marchand became a back-to-back champion in the 200 breaststroke completing his trifecta of NCAA records. The sophomore swam a 1:46.91 to become the fastest 200 breast swimmer in the country. 

Second-Place Finishes: 

  • The Sun Devils started the Championships with major runner-up finishes in the 200 Medley Relay and 800 Free Relay. Jack Dolan, Leon Marchand, Max McCusker and Jonny Kulow set a new school record (1:21.07) alongside breaking the NCAA record in the 200 medley, while Marchand set a new NCAA record in his 50 breast split. Similarly, Grant House, Patrick Sammon, Julian Hill and Marchand set a new program record in the 800 Free (6:05.08), with Marchand’s 1:28.42 anchor split setting a new NCAA record. 
  • Alongside taking home a title, Cal’s Destin Lasco topped the American record in the 200 IM, setting a new Golden Bear record and taking home second with a time of 1:38.10.
  • Setting another program best was Cal’s 200 Free Relay team (Bjorn Seelinger, Jack Alexy, Liam Bell, Destin Lasco) taking runner up after swimming a 1:13.82. 
  • Gabriel Jett picked up two second-place individual podium finishes, swimming a second best 200-free time in Cal Bear history (1:30.74) and a third best in the 200 Fly (1:39.40).
  • Cal’s Hugo Gonzalez saw a 1:34.66 in 400 IM, just seconds off his top time, and finished just over a second behind his NCAA-title earning teammate in the 200 backstroke, swimming a 1:36.72, the third fastest in Cal history. 
  • The Golden Bears rounded out their championship winning performance with a runner-up finish in the 400 Free Relay (Seelinger, Alexy, Jensen, Lasco), just .01 second out of first (2:44.08).

Third-Place Finishes: 

  • Three Golden Bears saw third place individual finishes on days two and three of the Championships. Hugo Gonzalez was a few seconds off his top time in the 200 IM, swimming a 1:39.00, rounding out the Conference’s top three spots in the event. Bjorn Seelinger saw his first individual podium finish, swimming to third in the 50 free (18.67) while Destin Lasco went on to close out the podium spots in the 100 back (43.94).
  • Cal’s Seelinger claimed a third-place finish in the 100 Free (40.93), just milliseconds out of both first and second. 
  • In his second career top-three finish in the event, Sun Devil Grant House took home third in the 200 yard free event (1:31.12). 
  • Arizona State went on to earn two more top-three relay finishes with the 400 medley relay squad (Dolan, Marchand, McCusker, Kulow) setting a school record of 2:59.18. Marchand became yet another NCAA relay split record holder thanks to his 100 breast split (49.23). Finishing out the competition, the Sun Devils took home third in the 400 free relay (Kulow, Marchand, House, Dolan; 2:45.12).
  • Rounding out the conference’s top-three finishes in the 200 back was Arizona State’s Hubert Kos who, in the process of swimming a 1:37.96, set a new Sun Devil record. 
  • Stanford’s Jack Ryan was the conference’s sole men’s diving podium finisher, taking home third in 1 meter diving event. Alongside the podium finish, Ryan secured a career high score of 429.45.

Final Team Point Totals (Pac-12 & podium):
3. Texas - 348
4. Indiana - 379
8. STANFORD - 143.5
22. USC - 31
27. UTAH - 14
32. ARIZONA - 11

Pac-12 Men’s Swimming All-Americans (top 8 finishes)

50 Free
Bjorn Seelinger (CAL), 3rd
Jack Alexy (CAL), 6th 
Jack Dolan (ASU), 7th

100 Free
Jack Alexy (CAL), 2nd
Bjorn Seelinger (CAL), 3rd

200 Free
Gabriel Jett (CAL), 2nd
Grant House (ASU), 3rd
Julian Hill (ASU), 6th
Patrick Sammon, 7th

500 Free 
Gabriel Jett (CAL), 6th

1650 Free
Zalan Sarkany (ASU), 8th

100 Backstroke
Destin Lasco (CAL), 3rd
Owen McDonald (ASU), 6th
Jack Dolan (ASU), 7th

200 Backstroke
Destin Lasco (CAL), 1st
Hugo Gonzalez (CAL), 2nd
Hubert Kos (ASU), 3rd
Owen McDonald (ASU), 5th 

100 Breaststroke 
Liam Bell (CAL), 6th
Reece Whitley (CAL), 7th 

200 Breaststroke
Leon Marchand (ASU), 1st
Jason Louser (CAL), 6th

100 Butterfly
Andrei Minakov (STAN), 4th

200 Butterfly
Gabriel Jett (CAL), 3rd
Dare Rose (CAL), 4th
Alexander Colson (ASU), 7th

200 IM
Leon Marchand (ASU), 1st
Destin Lasco, (CAL), 2nd
Hugo Gonzalez (CAL), 3rd
Ron Polonsky (STAN), 5th

400 IM
Leon Marchand (ASU), 1st
Hugo Gonzalez (CAL), 2nd
Hubert Kos (ASU), 4th
Jason Louser (CAL), 5th

200 Free Relay
Cal, 2nd (Seelinger, Alexy, Bell, Lasco)
ASU, 5th (Dolan, Kulow, McCusker, House)

400 Free Relay
CAL, 2nd (Seelinger, Alexy, Jensen, Lasco)
ASU, 3rd (Kulow, Marchand, House, Dolan)
Stanford, 8th (Maurer, Minakov, Polonsky, Dupont)

800 Free Relay
ASU, 2nd (House, Sammon, Hill, Marchand)
Cal, 3rd (Jett, Henveaux, Callan, Lasco)
Stanford, 7th (Minakov, Polonsky, Maurer, Forst) 

200 Medley Relay
ASU, 2nd (Dolan, Marchand, McCusker, Kulow)

400 Medley Relay
ASU, 3rd (Dolan, MArchand, McCusker, Kulow)
Cal, 5th (Lasco, Whitley, Jett, Seelinger)

1 Meter Diving
Jack Ryan (STAN), 3rd