Freshman Darren Wong is the MPSF Gymnast of the Week as well as the College Gymnastics Association’s Rookie of the Week
Cal Men’s Gymnastics don’t get enough love here, partly due to how they just compete against Stanford (2nd best squad in the country) weekly and place 2nd. Nonetheless, the squad has steadily improved every week - posting their season best team total for the 5th consecutive week (and the 5th consecutive meet where they played 2nd fiddle to Stanford).
One of the brightest spots for the team is the performance of freshman Darren Wong. Wong had the team best 14.000 score on floor and tied his season best in the pommel horse with a score of 14.450 (also team best). Wong also had solid scores of 13.250 or better on Vault, Parallel Bars, and Horizontal Bars. His lowest score came in the rings (12.350) but the freshmen was the only gymnast to do the all-around at the Cal vs. Stanford meet.
This is the 2nd time that Wong has earned recognition as one of the best freshman in the country.
Want to see Darren Wong in action? Here are some clips from the lone televised Cal meet this season. Wong competed in the rings:
As if Darren Wong couldn't get anymore exciting, he gets another career best on rings! #Hulk #EarnIt— Cal Men's Gymnastics (@CalMGym) January 28, 2019
This action is too good to miss! Tune in @Pac12Network here: https://t.co/UqotVdudKZ pic.twitter.com/AT8KxptvKT
Wong and the rest of the Golden Bears have a bye this week before heading down to Stanford for the International Collegiate Open on Saturday, February 23rd.
Senior Andrew Seliskar is the Pac-12 Swimmer of the Week
Less surprising is Cal senior Andrew Seliskar getting more recognition after the Golden Bears’ dominant dual meet win over USC. As a team, Bears bested USC in 14 of 15 events (although they conceded 5 events late after the meet has been decided, so the dominance wasn’t quite on display in the final score of 156-126). Leading the way for the Golden Bears is the versatile Andrew Seliskar.
Three different strokes, three victories. @calmenswim's Andrew Seliskar showed off his versatility in the Golden Bears' win over USC on Friday, the only swimmer at the meet to win three events.— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) February 13, 2019
Seliskar is the #Pac12Swim swimmer of the week. https://t.co/XDfRaH0SS3 pic.twitter.com/1QYC2CQvuu
Seliskar won 3 events and in 3 different strokes - 200 Free (1:33.77), 200 Breast (1:54.48), and 200 IM (1:44.07).
Interestingly, this is the first Swimmer of the Week honor for Seliskar as he had only won the more prestigious Pac-12 Swimmer of Month honor (twice) and Pac-12 Swimmer of the Meet (Conference Finals) honor (also twice) before.
Cal fans have one last chance to see Seliskar, a likely future Calympian in the 2020 Tokyo games, in action from Spieker as the Golden Bears will host rival Stanford next Saturday in the regular season finale.