FEDERAL WAY, WASH. – Behind conference titles from sophomore Josh Prenot in the 400 IM (3:42.20) and freshman Ryan Murphy in the 100 back (45.59), Cal men’s swimming and diving extended its lead at the 2014 Pac-12 Championships Friday (March 7) at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.
Prenot’s win in the 400 IM was the second year in a row he has captured the Pac-12 title in that event. He was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year in 2013.
The Golden Bears now have a 545 to 471 advantage over second place Stanford. Arizona is in third (415) and USC sits in fourth place (393).
Cal had other impressive swims with junior Adam Hinshaw placing second in the 400 IM (3:44.00), senior Tony Cox finishing second in the 100 fly (46.01) and junior Chuck Katis placing second in the 100 breast (52.69). Additionally, the Bears’ 400 medley relay of Murphy, Katis, senior Marcin Tarczynski and sophomore Tyler Messerschmidt was conference runners-up with a time of 3:05.95.
Cal also got valuable points with three more finalists in the 100 fly - Tarczynski (third, 46.42), junior Seth Stubblefield (seventh, 46.63) and Murphy (eighth, 46.86). Sophomore Trent Williams was third in the 200 free (1:34.01) and freshman Long Gutierrez placed fourth (1:34.47). In the 100 back, sophomore Jacob Pebley was third (46.34) behind Murphy, while Cox was fourth (46.76) and freshman Sven Campbell was eighth (47.34).
Finally, senior Ryan Studebaker was seventh in the 100 breast with a time of 53.79.
On Saturday, David Durden's squad will try to wrap-up their second consecutive Pac-12 team title. Last season, Cal upended Stanford's streak of 31 straight conference team titles. The last time the Bears won back-to-back league titles in swimming was in 1980 and 1981.