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Hugo Gonzalez Will not Rejoin Cal for Fall Semester; Uncertain About Spring

NCAA Champion Hugo Gonzalez received’t be competing for the Cal Golden Bears – no less than not once they kick off the season in San Luis Obispo on September 30.

The 23-year outdated Spaniard instructed SwimSwam on Sunday that he’s staying residence in Spain for the autumn semester and “nonetheless contemplating the spring choice.”

Gonzalez scored 41 factors individually and swam a leg of Cal’s 400 free relay final season because the Golden Bears received their seventh NCAA title. That included an NCAA title and a record-shattering efficiency of three:32.88 within the 400 IM.

The margin between Cal and Texas on the finish of the meet was 51 factors.

With one other aggressive battle anticipated on the 2023 NCAA Championships between the 2 groups which have occupied the highest two slots at that meet for nearly a decade, his presence may change into the difference-maker for Cal.

Gonzalez is known for his last-minute decision-making. He made his Cal debut in 2019 on the Pac-12 Championships. Earlier than that, at Virginia Tech, he left after only a few days, narrowly lacking the deadline to burn a yr of eligibility.

Gonzalez started his faculty profession at Auburn, the place he broke a number of college data as a freshman.

Whereas Gonzalez has already used the usual 4 years of collegiate eligibility, he was granted a bonus fifth yr, as did all the different NCAA Division I athletes who competed within the COVID-impacted 2020-2021 collegiate season.

Even with out Gonzalez, the IM races look stacked for the upcoming NCAA season. The defending 200 IM and 400 IM World Champion Leon Marchand shall be in his second season for Arizona State; Carson Foster, the silver medalist in each races, shall be a junior at Texas. Becoming a member of the fray shall be Baylor Nelson at Texas A&M, an IM specialist ranked #1 in his class, amongst others like Jake Foster, Destin Lasco, and Luca Urlando.

Over the summer time, Gonzalez represented his native Spain on the World Aquatics Championships. There, he completed eleventh within the 100 again (53.50), thirteenth within the 200 again (1:59.05), and twelfth within the 200 IM (1:58.41). Gonzalez expressed disappointment in these outcomes after the meet, and finally withdrew from the European Championships.

His worldwide occasion choice continues a divergence between the occasions he chooses internationally and the occasion he chooses in NCAA competitors within the 25 yard pool. On the 2022 NCAA Championships, he swam the 200 IM, 400 IM, and 200 breast. In worldwide competitors, he didn’t swim any breaststroke races, nor the 400 IM, regardless of his success on the faculty degree, and he has more and more shifted his focus in lengthy course towards the dash backstrokes.

Gonzalez is a two-time Spanish Olympian, together with ending sixth within the 100 again on the Tokyo 2020 Video games. He was additionally eleventh within the semi-finals of the 200 IM, his solely different occasion there.

He was the 2020 (2021) European Champion within the 200 IM, additionally scoring silver within the 100 again and bronze within the 50 again.

Gonzalez majored in pc science at Cal.



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