Smith, Huske and Cal Men highlight day one of Pacific Senior Swimming Open

Pacific Senior Swimming Open

  • April 16-17, 2022
  • LCM (50 meters)
  • Meet Mobile: 2022 Pacific Swimming LC Senior Open

Some big college names have been involved in last-minute swims ahead of the start of trials for the U.S. world champions next week. This is the critical moment, but the transition from the short course to the long course may be why some swimmers want to get into last-minute swims.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympians highlighted the encounter on the women’s side Torri Huske and Regan Smith. Smith won the 200 backstroke in 2:07.43, just over four seconds off her best world record time of 2:03.35. Smith was knocked out in 1:02.52 and came home in 1:04.91. Her time today was right next to her time of 2:07.09 that she swam at the US Open in December 2021. Her time from December puts her second in the world this season.

Fellow Stanford freshman Huske won the 100 butterfly in 58.29. Huske’s best time is a 55.66 which she swam to win the event at the Olympic trials last year. The results do not show its divisions. Her time today puts her 11th in the world this season as well as 4th in the United States so far this season.

Picking up two individual wins that day was 17 Yelin Tahk (Free). Tahk won the 200 freestyle in 2:09.91 and the 800 freestyle in 9:24.53. Both were off his best times of 2:07.10 and 9:19.91 respectively. His two best times date from the summer of 2019.

Other winners of the event:

Cal highlighted the men’s side of the competition as members of Cal’s men’s team won all but two events. Cal junior Jason Louser won the 400 individual medley in 4:29.37. His best time is a 4:16.66 from the 2019 World Junior Championships.

Cal junior Liam Bell won the 50 freestyle in 23.38. Teammate Dare Pink, a sophomore, finished just behind him with a 23.61. Rose also won the 100 butterfly with a time of 52.84. It was a better time for Rose as her previous best was 52.99.

Cal went 1-2-3 in the 200 freestyle. Fifth year Julian Trenton won in 1:48.45. It was attended by freshmen Robin Hansson who touched second in 1:49.57 and Gabriel Jet who finished third in 1:49.73. Julian finished 13th in the event at last year’s US Olympic trials swimming a time of 1:47.50 in the semifinals. Hanson competed for Sweden at the Tokyo Olympics. There, Hanson finished 23rd in the preliminaries swimming a time of 1:47.02.

senior red shirt Hugo Gonzalez won the 200 backstroke in 1:58.95. That’s just over two seconds off his best time of 1:56.69. Gonzalez swam the 100m backstroke and 200m IM for Spain at the Olympics last year.

Devyn Caples, 16 (unattached), fell more than four seconds in the 800 freestyle to win the event by more than 34 seconds. Caples swam to a final time of 8:33.83.

Other winners of the event:

  • 100 breaststroke: Tianyou Zhang1:07.92