AUSTIN, TEXAS -- The Cal men’s swimming team has claimed its third national title in the past four years under head coach David Durden, following NCAA crowns in 2011 and 2012. The national title marks the Golden Bears' fifth overall NCAA title in men's swimming and diving after winning back-to-back championships in 1979 and 1980 under coach Nort Thornton. The Bears finished with 468.5 points while runner-up Texas totaled 417.5, as David Durden was named NCAA Coach of the Meet.
Freshman Ryan Murphy won another NCAA title, capturing the 200 back (1:37.35), while sophomore Jacob Pebley was fourth (1:39.59).
Other highlights were senior Jeremy Bagshaw finishing as the national runner-up in the 1650 free (14:39.00) and senior Marcin Tarcynski placing third in the 200 fly (1:42.11).
On being freshman and a two-time NCAA champion: It’s awesome. It’s been one of the best meets of my life and it’s sad that it’s starting to come to an end. But I think this is great for the team, most importantly. Hopefully we can keep the momentum rolling.
On how this meet differs from others he’s been in: This meet is so physically taxing. I’ve never been an emotional swimmer, but this meet, in order to be successful, you have to swim with a lot of emotion. So it’s been a bit of an adjustment, but it’s so much fun.