FEDERAL WAY, WASH. – The Cal men’s swimming and diving team sits in second place after the first two swimming events of the 2014 Pac-12 Championships. The Golden Bears were runner-ups in both the 200 medley relay and the 800 free relay during the opening session of the conference meet held Wednesday night (March 5) at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.
David Durden’s squad trails only USC (72 points) by four points, and is tied for second with Arizona with 68 points. A second place relay is worth 34 points. The Trojans had placed first in the 800 free relay and were third in the 200 medley relay
Cal placed second in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:23.91 behind the backstroke of freshman Ryan Murphy, the breaststroke of junior Chuck Katis, the butterfly of senior Tony Cox and the freestyle of sophomore Tyler Messerschmidt.
In the 800 free relay, the Bears were conference runner-ups with a time of 6:16.41 behind the swims of sophomore Trent Williams, junior Seth Stubblefield, freshman Long Gutierrez and junior Will Hamilton.
On Thursday, Cal will be competing in the 500 free, the 200 IM, the 50 free and the 200 free relay. Messerschmidt is the conference’s top-seeded swimmer entering the 50 free with a top time of 19.35.
The Bears are looking to capture the Pac-12 team title for the second year in a row after snapping Stanford’s streak of 31 straight conference crowns last season. Cal last won back-to-back league titles during the 1980 and 1981 seasons.