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.
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).
In the 200 breast, junior Chuck Katis was fifth with a time of 1:52.64 and sophomore Josh Prenot was sixth (1:52.97). In another key final, junior Seth Stubblefield was seventh in the 100 free (42.59) and sophomore Tyler Messerschmidt was the B Final champion in the 100 free at 42.28.
Cal finished second in the final event of the night, the 400 free relay with a time of 2:49.48 from Messerschmidt, Murphy, junior Fabio Gimondi and Stubblefield.
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.