NCAA 200 back, breast, fly records fall as Cal men power away to national title at night 3 finals

  106 Jared Anderson | March 29th, 2014 | College, Featured, National, News, Previews & Recaps

The race for the 2014 NCAA team title has come down to the final night of racing. 7 events remain, and the team trophy is still up in the air – Texas leads after last night, but the Cal Bears are only 6 points back and made a big run this morning. In addition, Florida got hot on the final morning and look to steal the title from third place.

Our midday scoring projections have this thing coming down to the final relay, with Texas seeded for a narrow 4-point win based on prelims swims. Buckle up, swim fans. This is the kind of national championship showdown we all dream of.

Tonight kicks off with the final heat of the 1650, where Michigan’s Connor Jaeger looks to defend his NCAA title and salvage what’s been a disappointing weekend for the Wolverines. In the 200 back, Cal’s freshman sensation Ryan Murphy aims to take home his second individual NCAA title with Indiana’s Eric Ress hot on his heels.

Auburn’s Marcelo Chierighini lead the 100 free, but Texas will be looking for a big win to spur on their title hopes from second-seeded John Murray. 200 free champ Joao de Lucca is also in the hunt after prelims.

Kevin Cordes leads the 200 breast for Arizona after smashing his own American record in the 100 last night. He’ll take aim at his national 200 mark tonight before Michigan’s Dylan Bosch looks to hold his top seed in the 200 fly and deny Florida’s Marcin Cieslak a third individual win.

Also tonight is the platform diving event, appearing to be a big team boost for Texas, and the night closes with an intense 400 free relay where Chierighini and Auburn lead, but Cal, Texas and Florida sit 2-3-4.

Prelims recap here

Prelims scoring and score projections here


1650 Freestyle

Knocked off from defending his 500 free title on Thursday night, Michigan’s Connor Jaeger was not going to be denied the same way in the mile. The senior rocked the 1650, hitting the accelerator more and more as the race went on to finish in 14:29.27. That’s a few seconds off what Jaeger went in winning last year, but it was just enough to sneak under the old pool record of 14:29.55 held by Erik Vendt. 

Cal’s  Jeremy Bagshaw took advantage of his opportunity to help take his squad to a possible national title in the finals session. In the early heats of this timed final 1650 free, Bagshaw absolutely motored his way through the 4th heat with a 14:39.00. That not only crushed the Cal School Record, belonging to Adam Hinshaw from 2012 by 10 seconds, but it netted Bagshaw a 2nd-place finish overall.

That success is compounded by the fact that he’s the only swimmer between Cal and Texas’ milers, all of whom swam in the early heats, who scored. Texas’ top finisher was Sam Lewis with a 14:58.44, a three-second add and a 21st-place finish.

For those keeping track of points, that’s an 18-point swing (Bagshaw gaining 16 points for Cal and Texas losing 2 seeded points on Lewis) in a meet projected to come down to just 4.

Arthur Frayler took third for Florida, second behind Jaeger in that final heat. His 14:43.08 came in just ahead of Northwestern sophomore Jordan Wilimovsky, who put up the Wildcats first points of the championships with a 14:44.36.

Zane Grothe, who also swam in the afternoon heats, was 5th overall. The Auburn senior’s 14:45.55 took second to Bagshaw in 4th heat.

Georgia’s Andrew Gemmell ran second in the final heat most of the way, but slid to 6th overall by the finish. He was 14:46.17. Florida’s Mitch D’Arrigo went 14:47.36 for 7th before Gemmell’s Bulldog teammate Matias Koski finished 8th in 14:47.74.

Penn’s Chris Swanson (14:49.63) took 9th out of the early heats, with Michigan’s Sean Ryan (14:50.61), another early heat swimmer, taking the next spot.

With the first of 7 finals events out of the way, Cal has now taken an 11-point lead over Texas, with Florida now only 11.5 back of the Longhorns thanks to two big point-scorers.

200 Backstroke

All-star freshman Ryan Murphy kept the foot on the gas pedal for Cal. The rising backstroke sensation shattered the NCAA record to win the 200 back, going 1:37.35. That broke the record set by Olympic gold medalist Tyler Clary back in 2009, the second super-suited Clary record to fall in the past two days.

Indiana’s Eric Ress followed with a strong 1:38.69 of his own. That garners runner-up honors for the Hoosier, a solid half-second ahead of Stanford’s David Nolan. The Cardinal junior dropped a half-second from prelims to grab his second top-3 finish of the week.

Cal had a big event, with sophomore Jacob Pebley moving up from the 8th seed to take 4th, going 1:39.59. Meanwhile Texas faded to the back of the heat, with junior Kip Darmody dropping one spot to 6th in 1:40.18 and freshman Jack Conger adding about a half-second to fall to 8th at 1:40.73. Will Glass also slipped a bit in the B final, taking 15th.

West Virginia’s Bryce Bohman was the last man under 1:40, going 1:39.83 for his second 5th place finish of the championships. The other A finalist was Tennessee’s Sean Lehane, who took 7th between the two Longhorns at 1:40.35.

Virginia Tech junior Collin Higgins almost got under 1:40 in winning the B heat, which underscores how ridiculously fast this field was. Higgins, the 15th seed, went 1:40.10 to wind up 9th, with Georgia’s Tynan Stewart 10th.

Even though everything has seemed to go Cal’s way the past two events, the Golden Bears still only lead by 15, so the meet is far from over with 5 events to go.

100 Freestyle

Perhaps a bit of a forgotten man in this race even after his 200 free win last night, Louisville’s Joao de Lucca came home with the 100 freestyle championship, going 41.70 to knock off top seed Marcelo Chierighini of Auburn. De Lucca was typically aggressive, the only swimmer in the field out in 19 seconds. He becomes the first swimmer since fellow Brazilian Gustavo Borges in 1994-1995 to win both the 100 and 200 frees.

Chierighini went 41.97 for second place, with 500 free champ Cristian Quintero third in 42.14. Just like in the 50, most of these guys went slower at finals than they did at prelims – perhaps a result of having to fight each others’ powerful wakes the entire night swim.

Penn State sophomore Shane Ryan continued his great meet, going 42.32 to move up to 4th place. Texas’s John Murray fell to 5th after coming in with the second seed – he went 42.43.

Freshman Kyle Darmody, Chierighini’s heir apparent as Auburn’s next top sprinter, took 6th in 42.51, touching out Cal’s Seth Stubblefield by .08. Florida’s Brad deBorde closed out the heat in 42.82 for 8th place.

In yet another clutch performance for Cal, Tyler Messerschmidt rose from the 13th seed to win the B final, going 42.28. That would have been 4th in the championship heat. Alabama’s BJ Hornikel was 10th with a 42.39. Tied for 9th going in, Texas sophomore Matt Ellis faded to 15th overall. Between Cal’s risers and Texas’s dropoffs, the lead now stands at 20 points for Cal. Florida is 66.5 back of Cal, 46.5 behind Texas and starting to fall out of title consideration.

200 Breaststroke

Last year, Kevin Cordes barely snuck under the NCAA 100 breast record before smashing the 200. This year, that reversed, with Cordes blowing away the 100 record Friday night and slipping under his own 200 mark by the slimmest of margins. The Arizona junior went 1:48.66, just .02 under his American, U.S. Open, NCAA and meet record of 1:48.68 from last year.

Cordes went out a little faster in this one and actually closed a bit slower than he did in 2013, still splitting a big 28.1 over the final 50 yards en route to his big win.

Indiana senior Cody Miller held his second seed, going 1:51.82, a drop of .03 from prelims. He needed every bit of speed he could find to pull it off, though, as Georgia’s Nic Fink finished just a tenth back and was closing hard over the final 50. Fink went 1:51.92, the only swimmer other than Cordes to come home in under 29 seconds.

Alabama freshman Anton McKee was 1:52.31 for fourth, with Cal’s Chuck Katis moving up a spot to take 5th at 1:52.64. His teammate Josh Prenot also moved up one slot, following him in at 1:52.97.

Michigan’s Richard Funk (1:53.81) and Missouri’s Sam Tierney (1:53.83) closed out the championship heat.

Florida has had some outstanding B final performances at this meet, and the 200 breast will go down as another one. Matt Elliott took the heat from lane 1 in 1:53.30 for the Gators, and fellow junior Eduardo Solaeche touched out Purdue’s Lyam Dias by .03 to sweep the top two spots for Florida.

With three events to go, it’s looking more and more like a Cal win. The Golden Bears lead Texas 412.5 to 370.5 after Texas lost some more points with Will Licon falling from 9th to 12th. Florida is now 35.5 back of Texas in third place.

200 Butterfly

Yet another NCAA record fell in this one, with Michigan sophomore Dylan Bosch racing out to a big lead and dominating the 200 fly in 1:39.33. The South African was very aggressive in the championship final, going out in 47.2 and leading by a full second at the 100 mark.

That breaks the NCAA, meet and U.S. Open records in the event, all three set by Tom Shields last year. That U.S. Open record was actually a tie between Shields and Michael Phelps, but Bosch has topped both with two college seasons still remaining.

Florida’s Marcin Cieslak went 1:40.19 to take second, adding silver to his pair of gold performances the past two days. He’s got to be a front-runner for the Swimmer of the Meet award.

Marcin Tarczynski of Cal took third, going 1:42.11 to touch out NC State’s Christian McCurdy (1:42.18). Michigan got a 5th-place finish from Kyle Whitaker in 1:42.56 to go along with Bosch’s win, and Arizona’s Michael Meyerr took 6th in 1:43.05.

Indiana’s Steve Schmuhl and Sebastien Rousseau of Florida took 7th and 8th, respectively.

Florida State’s Connor Knight took out the B final with guts, splitting 48.2 over the first 100 and winning the heat in 1:42.25.

Cal has now extended its lead to over 70 points, while Florida is just 7.5 out of second, though Texas will get a solid diving boost in the next event.

Platform Diving

Duke’s Nick McCrory had to go down to his last dive to defend his platform title, but the senior pulled it off in dramatic fashion, scoring a perfect 10 from one judge on his final dive. McCrory won the event with 454.85 points, just over two up on Arizona’s Rafael Quintero (452.40).

Hawaii’s Amund Gismervik took third at 446.10 with David Bonuchi of Missouri making that a close battle as well. Bonuchi scored 443.35, and Virginia Tech’s Ryan Hawkins was fifth in 440.85.

Stanford junior Kristian Ipsen was 6th (384.80) and Texas freshman Michael Hixon took 7th after winning both springboard events the past two days. Hixon’s 7th place, 366.35-point performance means Cal has officially clinched the team NCAA title, no matter the results of the final relay by virtue of their 47-point lead.

Virginia Tech’s TJ Shinholser took 8th in the championship final with a score of 316.10. Earlier in the day, Auburn’s John Santeiu won the B final, scoring 437.70 to run away with things.

400 Freestyle Relay

Auburn came from behind to win the 400 free relay, shattering the pool record and winning their first title in the event since setting the NCAA record in 2009. Marcelo Chierighini led off in 42.06 to put the Tigers in the lead, and freshman Kyle Darmody took the lead back with a 41.4 anchor split, the fastest split in the field. Joining them on the national championship relay were James Disney-May (42.0) and Arthur Mendes (42.7). The whole crew went 2:48.33.

Cal took second in closing out their team title. Tyler Messerschmidt led off in 42.64, and it was freshman Ryan Murphy who put up the biggest split at 41.6 swimming second. Fabio Gimondi was 43.2 and Seth Stubblefield anchored in 41.9.

NC State front-loaded their relay and actually led at the 300-mark. Simonas Bilis was 42.1 on the leadoff, and David Williams split 42.3 swimming second. Jonathan Boffa put up a huge 41.6 to put the Wolfpack in the lead, but freshman Andreas Schiellerup couldn’t hold off the charging Darmody and Stubblefield. Still, NC State got its highest relay finish of the weekend at third place in 2:49.50.

Fourth was Texas, getting a 42.1 from sophomore John Murray, who will be remembered as one of the huge spark plugs of this unexpected Longhorn run to the top. Kip Darmody was 42.7 anchoring for 2:50.94 Texas.

Alabama took fifth in 2:51.65 on BJ Hornikel’s 42.1 anchor leg. Hornikel ran down USC for the spot, outsplitting Dimitri Colupaev‘s 42.7. The Trojans touched in 2:51.88.

Florida and Tennessee rounded out the A final, with Brad deBorde leading off in 42.8 for Florida and the Vols getting a 43.0 as their fastest split from anchor Sam Rairden.

Ohio State won the B final, getting a 42.1 from anchor Tim Phillips to go 2:51.26. Louisville was second with Joao de Lucca leading off in 42.17.


Final Team Scores

It became clear early in the night that Cal showed up to swim. They rolled through the final day for a hard-fought NCAA title with 468.5 points. Texas settled for second, probably disappointing given their lead over the first two days, but it was still an outstanding run for Texas, which outperformed expectations more than any other team this season, and should be getting even better next year with the additions of some top-level freshman talent.

The Longhorns ended with 417.5 points, a good 30 up on Florida. The Gators took third after coming in with the most seeded points.

Defending champs Michigan were a solid fourth at 310. Georgia put together a very solid meet with good depth behind star Chase Kalisz, and the Bulldogs took fifth, beating out Auburn by 29. Arizona wound up seventh despite a pair of very-costly relay DQs. USC, Stanford and Indiana finished out the top 10, with Louisville and Alabama just on the outside looking in.

Here’s the full team standings for the 2014 NCAA Championships:

1. California                       468.5   
2. Texas                            417.5
3. Florida                            387   
4. Michigan                           310
5. Georgia                            259   
6. Auburn                             230
7. Arizona                          198.5   
8. Southern Cal.                      182
9. Stanford                           155  
10. Indiana                           141
11. Louisville                        129  
12. Alabama                         121.5
13. North Carolina State            113.5  
14. Florida State                     105
15. Tennessee                          98  
16. Missouri                           95
17. Penn State                         63  
18. Ohio State                         54
19. Unlv                               50  
20. Virginia Tech                      46
21. Duke                               36  
22. Minnesota                          29
23. West Virginia                      28  
23. Arizona State                      28
25. University of Miami (Florida)      26  
26. Virginia                           23
27. Purdue                             21  
28. Hawaii                             16
29. Northwestern                       15  
30. Notre Dame                         14
31. U.S. Naval Academy                 12  
32. Western Kentucky                   11
33. Wisconsin                          10  
33. South Carolina                     10
35. University of Pennsylvania          9  
35. University of Utah                  9
37. Kentucky                            8  
38. UNC                                 7
38. Lsu                                 7  
40. Columbia                            5
40. Denver                              5  
42. Dartmouth                           4
42. Harvard                             4  
44. Wyoming                             3
44. Texas A&M                           3  
46. Cal Poly                            2
47. Georgia Tech                      1.5  
48. Csu Bakersfield                     1

In This Story


  1. Triguy says:

    Michael Andrew has gone 43.90 100 free and 53.88 100 breast

    • 0

      Stop riding in the drops while in the paceline and get off the front when you can’t pull anymore! Are those compression socks you are wearing? You look ridiculous.

    • [email protected] says:

      Will this information impact the meet?

  2. Greg says:

    This is going to be one heck of an ending and final relays!

  3. gator says:

    The amplitude tonight is going to be LARGE……home town crowd has to be an advantage for UT.

  4. * says:

    HORNS UP!!!
    Reese, Kubik and Scoggin amazing as usual!

  5. MR. swimmerdude says:

    It’ll be crazy if texas wins, because whatever they do this year, they’ll be much better next year with great recruits like Joeseph Schooling and Austin Temple (who just went 52.8 in the 100 yard breaststroke)

  6. Davis Wuolle says:

    Wow, fantastic swim for Jeremy! Finally getting some breakthrough at Cal this year :)

  7. SWIMMIN9 says:

    So excited for this meet. This has nothing to do with any big story lines, but notice Mitchell Friedemann’s 18.8 and 42.7 (i believe) splits on ‘Zona’s free relays. Although his back was a little off at this meet, those are pretty impressive times considering what he went last year.

  8. Swimfan says:

    Can someone give me the link a link to watch that isnt espn3?? Thanks for the help

  9. texasfight says:

    anyone find a heat sheet?

  10. Jiggs says:

    That picture is Bagshaw getting second place in the 1650 !!!!

  11. Zanna says:

    Resuls for the Mile- Jaeger, Bagshaw and Frayler

  12. PotatoChip says:

    I call Murphy 1:36.7

  13. Morgan Priestley says:

    Through first heat of 200 back (including 1650 seedings), Longhorns need to make up 21 points the rest of the way.

  14. Texas_Fan says:

    The Longhorns are choking hard tonight…I’m pissed!

    • calswim65 says:

      Although it sounds like an advantage, I think it’s actually tougher to swim at your home pool. Takes a bit more to get adrenaline pumping. I don’t think they’re choking – there are a lot of improvements in times from prelims.

    • TheTroubleWithX says:

      I think the Texas swimmers tended to slip a few spots relative to prelims the last two nights’ finals as well. Just didn’t get a few guys into spots they expected tonight (e.g. fly and 1650) and California got a few more in and is swimming lights out.

  15. calswim65 says:

    Cal has some serious swimming karma tonight. This may not get to the last relay. I’m fine with a no drama finish. GO BEARS!!

    • 0

      It definitely isn’t going to the last relay.

      Texas needs to finish strong… they had a mind-blowing meet!

      • calswim65 says:

        You’re right. Seems like the point shift in the 200 back may have broken TX. 200 br and 200 fly are going to close it out, even with the diving points. Nobody had TX above #3 in the predictions – they’ve had a GREAT meet

        • ATX says:

          Seriously, thank you for the praise. It’s nice to hear for a change amidst all the diving talk. Cal has been lights out for the 3 of the last 4 years, Durden knows what he’s doing. Hopefully we can break the streak of 2nd’s we’ve been having to you guys sometime though! It was a great meet

          • calswim65 says:

            Yes, Durden has the magic touch. The swimmers still need to do the job, but that type of record starts to point directly to coaching. Folks are going to start picking his brain, if they haven’t already. I have a few clues on how he does it, but ain’t giving away any secrets (smiles, LOL). Definitely a great meet. NCAA records in all 200 stroke events!! Are you kidding me!!

  16. PoloMir says:

    That lad Murphy is some talent. Plus his stroke is suited to LCM – big hope for USA in Rio.

    As for Michael Andrew, what can I say. The kid is a prodigy! How fast will he be in 2 years? World record?

  17. LiquidSaysRollOnYouBears! says:

    Simone Manuel just rebroke this morning’s AR in the 100, 46.75 No chance of an AR for the men tonight but can we just get a couple American men under 42, please?!

  18. jiggs says:

    Cal made a good call by sending a bunch of their guys to the pool in Austin last winter.

  19. Scott K says:

    Please, the 1650 is not a mile, it’s .9375 of a mile. It’s roughly the equivalent of 1500 meters (1508), also known as the ‘metric mile’ in track and field.
    A mile is 1760 yards. So swimmers compete in the 1650, not ‘the mile’.

  20. PoloMir says:

    Point taken Scott – albeit irrelevant in this forum!

  21. sven says:

    overheard in the background of live stream, I don’t know if it was supposed to be audible to us: something along the lines of “yeah, I just think that, Rick DeMont… taking over that program… I just think he’s got it all figured out.”

  22. LiquidSaysRollOnYouBears! says:

    Can someone fill in the gaps for those of us with no video/audio and limited Meet REsults? all i know is Murphy won the 2Back and I can see all the results from the 100.

  23. overthetopstarts says:

    Bosch breaks 200 Fly NCAA/American record! (As predicted by SwimSwam about 90min ago…)

  24. overthetopstarts says:

    Oops – sorry, I couldn’t tell from his accent!

  25. C Martin says:

    Bosch breaks a Michael Phelps record! Whatever people say (MP did not focus on yards), it’s a MP record nonetheless! Congrats to Dylan and we still have two more years out of him to see more!

  26. PotatoChip says:

    What kind of “suit infraction” was the DQ for in the B final of the 200 fly

  27. DDias says:

    Ha!I called DeLucca opening in prelims too weak when he made a 0.18 improving in his 50 time… but what is happening with Chieriguini?A touch of flu?His 41.97 is just a bit faster than his freshman year time…(i think it was 42.2)

  28. sven says:

    I’m calling this right now: All 16 400 free relays are gonna false start.

  29. collegeswimfan says:

    Can we ever talk about the NCAA swimmers involved in the meet without constantly dropping Michael Andrews name every time. He is 14 years old and not even eligible to swim college since he went PRO at 14. Let’s be respectful of the swimmers involved in the NCAA meet since the post was all about Kevin Cordes swim and the NCAA swimmers. Why mention a swimmer 4 to 8 years younger that will never be able to swim in the NCAA’s anyway.

  30. bodybyfood says:

    Think about it: Cordes’ opening 100 of his 200 Breast (52.05) would’ve finished 5th in the Men’s 100 Breast [and only a few hundredths off of 4th].

  31. Nero says:

    Mr. Conger is likely disappointed with his weekend. Swam the same times that he did in December and was well off his best backstroke time. I really hope it was a one time thing, because I’d still love to see Murphy vs Conger in the next years. Still, three A finals as a freshman is nothing shameful, it’s just perhaps not what he was capable of.

    • mikeh says:

      Yes, it’s been a tough meet for Mr. Conger. Perhaps something went wrong during the taper period. Regardless, I think he is destined for international greatness, so he should not be discouraged. I’ve been especially impressed by John Murray and Will Licon. Hard to imagine that at Big 12 Champs John Murray went a 19.69 in the 50 yard free. A different swimmer from the one who showed up here and went an 18.3 relay split. Hook ’em.

      • TheTroubleWithX says:

        I think that’s part of what’s a little odd for Conger. Unlike most of the rest of the team, he didn’t put up best times here (except maybe 100 fly?), and I don’t think anyone was expecting him to only swim two relays. Wonder if he was sick or something.

    • PotatoChip says:

      Not according to Rowdy. Rowdy thinks he’s had a great meet so far. I don’t think it’s been great. I think it was good but not great.

    • calswim65 says:

      Mr. Conger should be proud of himself. NCAAs is a highly pressurized meet. It’s tough to digest as a freshman. I don’t care how successful you’ve been at other big meets, its a new environment. He’ll do just fine moving forward. And Rowdy is right – he had a fine meet.

  32. PoloMir says:

    What a swim by Bosch in 2fly, brave take out…47.2. Look out for SA 1-2 in Rio with Bosch and Le Clos


    Per @SwimSwam: “After the 200 fly, Cal is up by 64.5 points. If Texas wins platform, 400 free relay, Cal DQ’s 400 free relay, Texas wins. All other – Cal.”

  34. jiggs says:

    Cal has officially clinched it. Let’s everybody DQ and call it a night.

  35. PVK says:

    Andrew Seliskar’s 200 breast time of 1:52.21 from juniors would’ve placed him 4th here…


    B Final of 4×100 won by Ohio State is under review!!


    Auburn leading 42.06, 1:01.93, 1:24.08!


    Darmody anchors for the win for War Eagle 2:48.33, Cal 2nd and NC State 3rd!



  40. PotatoChip says:

    murphy 41.6 for cal

  41. calswimfan says:


  42. John Sampson says:

    Murphy has to be in the conversation for Swimmer of the Meet. 3 A finals- 2 Time Champion- NCAA record – 3 Time Relay champ. – team title. He sure has my vote. He will win Freshman of the Year no doubt.

    Cal-Michigan-Texas all have awesome incoming classes! I hope that the next several years are as much of nail biter as this year! It is always fun when the meet is still undecided on the last day.

    Now bring on Long Course season!

  43. Roger von Oech says:

    Big congrats to Cal! You came to swim, and perform you did. A well deserved championship for the Bears.

    Anyone have the team standing results with swimming only (no diving points)?

  44. 0

    Big congrats to Cal. You came to swim, and perform you did. A well deserved championship for the Bears.

    Anyone have the team standing results with swimming only (no diving points)?

  45. TheTroubleWithX says:

    It’s got to be either Murphy or Cieslak for swimmer of the meet. The former with more relay success, and the latter with slightly better individual success.

    • Josh says:

      Slightly? I would say there’s a pretty significant difference between 1st 1st and 2nd, and 1st 1st and 8th.

      • TheTroubleWithX says:

        Probably could’ve used a better word than “slightly,” but considering those two were the only two swimmers to win two events and A-final in a third, the difference was not huge in the grand scheme of things.

  46. calswim65 says:

    No offense to SwimSwam (you guys rock, by the way), but I believe that Ryan Murphy was in the 20’s for most valuable swimmer going into the meet…guessing there will be a retraction coming…GO BEARS!!!!!!!!

    • 0

      Well… in SwimSwam’s defense, it was most valuable swimmer for their team, not ranking in swimmer of the meet.

      • calswim65 says:

        Very true. And I would still propose that Cal would have been lost without Ryan. SwimSwam said something along the lines that they could deal with him leaving the program tomorrrow. That’s out of alignment with the story today. That being said, I really appreciated their layout on the MVSs – it was thoughtful and interesting. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Just wrong for the Ryan Murphy analysis.

        • aswimfan says:

          I agree with calswim65. It was strange to have Ryan Murphy so far down the list, even with the format of most valuable for their respective team.

          Without Murphy, no way Cal would have won the title.

  47. calswim65 says:

    Every one of Cal’s 400 FR swimmers will be back next year (assuming eligibility). Pretty awesome.

  48. 0

    Epic team race!! Everything went right for the Golden Bears tonight! Proud to be a Bear tonight! Also very very happy Dave Durdan, his staff and teams over the last 6 years!

  49. duckduckgoose says:

    Durden’s last five years at Cal:


  50. Josh says:

    That’s Florida’s best finish since 1991. I would expect them to start picking up more top-caliber domestic recruits now. It’s unfortunate that Sebastien Rousseau is sick and didn’t get to have the NCAA meet he worked so hard for. Hopefully he gets healthy soon and uses this meet as fuel to light it up at South African Commonwealth Trials.

    • PotatoChip says:

      I heard he lost 10 pounds due to his illness. So unfortunate for someone who deserves to come out on top

    • Sean Justice says:

      I knew something was up with him. He was always so consistent. I hope that he gets better soon. Man that stinks for your last NCAAs.

  51. bobo gigi says:

    A few remarks.

    Again, the foreign swimmers dominate most of the freestyle events. This time in the 100 free with de Lucca ahead of Chierighini ( very slow) and Quintero. The 1650 free was the only freestyle individual event of the meet won by an American, Connor Jaeger.

    Murphy and Cordes are a class apart.
    Ryan has been great all week. I think his 100 back was his best performance. Perhaps it’s his best event now ahead of the 200 back. We’ll see next summer in long course. Huge contribution from him in the relays as well. 41.67 split in the 4X100 free relay!
    Kevin’s 100 breast was very impressive. The 200 was good as well. I’m sure he will be ready and at his best in 2016 to shine at the olympic games.

    Overall a very fast meet except the sprint.
    Chase Kalisz, Ryan Murphy and Kevin Cordes are the names who have left their marks this week.
    And congrats to Cal for another great win in the team’s race.

  52. bobo gigi says:

    200 breast. Kevin Cordes wins in 1.48.66. New American and NCAA records!

  53. bobo gigi says:

    Dominating win for Cal in the team race.
    The men have avenged the women. :)

  54. WOW says:


    I don’t know if you remember me from a few weeks ago (, but I was hypercritical after Cal-Stanford dual meet. You were right about judging too early, so I decided to wait through PAC-12s and NCAAs before bringing this up again.

    I would love to hear your commentary on the final outcome of the Stanford season.

    I will put my commentary, long format, and then the TL;DR at the bottom.

    Given that this is a swimming website, I took the liberty to remove diving from the total scores to see how teams swam. Here are the readjusted totals with no diving.

    1. Cal-468.5
    2. Florida-387
    3. Texas-346.5
    4. Michigan-310
    5. Georgia-259
    6. Auburn-202
    7. USC-182
    8. Arizona-161.5
    9. Louisville-129
    10. Indiana-125
    11. Alabama-121.5
    12. NC State-113.5
    13. Stanford-108

    2 years ago, when you were a senior, could you image losing to all of those schools? Nothing against those schools, but Stanford is on a totally different level than a majority of those schools not only in the recruit they get but the resources they have available to them. Last year, I’ll give it to you; Stanford disqualified 2 relays and they were just a few points out of getting 3rd. However, this year, I am at a total loss of words for the performance.

    I actually went back and pulled the numbers from the past 2 years to see where Stanford was in comparison to these same teams.


    NC State-74

    Further breaking the 108 points scored by Stanford down:
    200 Free Relay-10 (9.26%)
    400 Free Relay-2 (1.85%)
    800 Free Relay-32 (29.63%)
    David Nolan-47 (43.52%)
    Tom Kremer-14 (12.96%)
    Danny Thomson-3 (2.78%)

    Now for some of the NCAA qualifiers that swam the past 3 years (everyone that wasn’t a senior when Skip was fired).

    Bryan Offutt: 2012 2013 2014
    500 Fr 4:20.53 (28) 4:23.25 (42) N/A
    400 IM 3:50.56 (22) 3:54.47 (33) N/A
    1650 Fr 15:00.65 (18) 15:19.68 (35) N/A

    Drew Cosgarea
    500 Fr 4:17.24 (12) 4:21.07 (33) 4:17.11 (17)
    400 IM 3:44.93 (6) 3:43.91 (11) 3:46.40 (21)
    1650 Fr 14:51.26 (12) 14:56.24 (17) N/A
    200 Bk N/A N/A 1:41.42 (19)

    David Nolan
    200 IM 1:42.70 (3) 1:41.21 (1) 1:41.38 (3)
    100 Bk 45.53 (2) 44.99 (1) 45.21 (4)
    200 Bk 1:39.74 (2) 1:39.31 (1) 1:39.17 (3)

    Matt Thompson
    200 IM 1:45.56 (23) 1:45.18 (26) N/A
    400 IM 3:45.38 (13) 3:45.67 (15) N/A
    200 Bk 1:41.43 (3) 1:42.01 (14) N/A

    Jack Lane
    200 IM 1:45.56 (29) 1:45.18 (26) N/A
    100 Fl 47.08 (22) 46.49 (16) N/A
    200 Fl 1:46.95 (32) 1:45.11 (28 N/A

    Matthew Swanston
    200 IM 1:46.84 (32) N/A N/A
    100 Bk 47.03 (14) 46.46 (16) N/A
    200 Bk 1:41.23 (4) 1:41.09 (7) N/A

    Aaron Wayne
    50 Fr 19.36 (4) 19.75 (24) N/A
    100 Fl N/A 46.09 (9) N/A
    100 Fr 42.48 (4) 42.26 (6) N/A

    Andrew Saeta
    50 Fr 20.04 (41) 19.85 (34) N/A
    200 Fr 1:37.44 (37) N/A N/A
    100 Fr 43.65 (29) 43.30 (22) N/A

    Chris Pickard
    500 Fr N/A 4:25.43 (47) N/A
    200 Fr N/A 1:36.38 (34) N/A
    200 Fl N/A 1:46.20 (35) N/A

    Tom Kremer
    200 IM N/A 1:43.15 (9) 1:43.66 (16)
    200 Fr N/A 1:33.07 (3) 1:33.32 (9)
    200 Fl N/A 1:43.63 (10) 1:43.42 (14)

    Gray Umbach
    200 IM N/A 1:46.83 (47) 1:45.00 (29)
    100 Fl N/A 46.78 (19) 47.17 (32)
    200 Fl N/A 1:44.37 (19) 1:44.91 (28)

    Will Gunderson
    200 IM N/A 1:47.22 (41) N/A
    100 Bk N/A 47.96 (38) N/A
    200 Fl N/A 1:44.14 (34) N/A

    Mack Montgomery
    100 Fl N/A 47.77 (37) N/A
    200 Fl N/A 1:44.11 (16) N/A

    Danny Thomson
    500 Fr N/A 4:16.98 (11) 4:17.23 (19)
    1650 Fr N/A 14:49.62 (8) 14:52.17 (14)

    TL;DR-It’s clearly apparent that the struggle is real for the Stanford Men’s Swim Team and they are taking HUGE steps backwards. Maybe it is time to let the Snapdragon and want-a-be Bob Bowman go, stop pissing in the wind and bring some fresh blood to take the team in a new direction.

    • Morgan Priestley says:

      WOW, I’m with you, save the 800 free relay and maybe 2-3 other swims, they were really disappointing. They all had a pretty dang good summer season, so I think we were both waiting for them to come around. Just wasn’t there this year. A lot of questions to be asked, and I’m sure there will be plenty of discussions in Palo Alto over what to do differently.

  55. CoachGB says:

    Much earlier there was reference of why 1650. They used to finish at 1640 into a string of flags across the pool like 220 and 440. With the advent of touch pads in the 60’s they had to go to the wall so they added the 10 yds. There used to ba 220 of strokes also. For a couple years women had 250 free and 250 breast and then went to 200. The 440 went to 500 to make it even on 100’s. No science involved as in many rule changes. 1640 is 1500 meters. There was once a mile record as all distances in yds that related to meters 110 yds, 220 yds etc. never have had explained why in swimming and track it is z1500 as all others are 1-2-4-8 why not 1600.

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