AUSTIN, TEXAS -- Thanks to national titles in the 200 medley relay and 100 back, the Cal men’s swimming team holds its second place position after Day Two of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin, Texas. With 312.5 points, the Bears are just six points behind first place Texas (318.5).
After winning both of Day One’s relay events, the 200 free and 400 medley relays, the Golden Bears followed that up by taking Day Two’s first event, the 200 medley relay. Cal broke an American record by clocking a time of 1:22.83 from freshman backstroker Ryan Murphy, junior breaststroker Chuck Katis, senior butterflyer Tony Cox and sophomore freestyler Tyler Messerschmidt.
"To say it was a good day was an understatement," said Cal head coach David Durden. "We outswam everybody in the morning and we came back at night and outswam everybody again. Then just to see our 200 medley relay set the American record was really special for our guys."
Murphy earned his second national title of the night in the 100 back with a time of 44.63, while teammates Cox finished 7th (45.79) and sophomore Jacob Pebley took 11th (46.09).
"Obviously with the way the team title is shaking out, I was definitely focused on the win," Murphy said. "The time was great, but first and foremost it was about getting my hand on the wall first."
Sophomore Josh Prenot finished third in the 400 IM (3:38.58), setting a new school record. Junior Adam Hinshaw placed 12th in the 400 IM (3:43.51). Katis finished 4th place in the 100 breastroke (52.02).
Cal finished sixth in the 800 free relay with a time of 6:16.72 from Williams, Stubblefield, freshman Long Gutierrez and Hamilton.
"We have multiple guys in every event tomorrow, and our guys know the rules," Durden said. "Their goal as a group is to outscore the teams we’re competing against, it’s not just one guy. It’s about scratching and clawing and getting the extra points that aren't expected. It’s gonna be a fast morning tomorrow because you have four teams that are still in it and that’s what makes this meet really exciting."
On how important momentum is in a meet of this caliber: It’s very important. Just having the whole team behind us and seeing our fans in (Cal) Bear suits just really got us going. We honestly didn't think we had a chance to win that. We just wanted to go fast and do the best that we could.
On if the relay went according to plan: It went a little better than planned.
On breaking the American record: It was pretty good. We didn't think we’d break it by that much so it was pretty exciting so we’re moving on to our next events now.