Cal Breaks American Record with 1:21.8 200 Medley Relay


Day 3 finals of the 2018 Men’s NCAA Championships in Minneapolis, Minnesota closed with the 200 free relay. Cal and USC battled for the win, with USC narrowly pulling it out in 1:21.82 to Cal’s 1:21.88. The Bears, though they finished 2nd, set a new American Record. Freshman Daniel Carr was a very quick 20.85 to give them the early lead.

Connor Hoppe, the 100 breast runner-up, rolled through the breast leg in 23.01, but USC took the lead as Carsten Vissering posted the fastest 50 breast split ever in 22.58. Justin Lynch took over the fly leg in 19.77, while star freshman Ryan Hoffer closed in 18.25, nearly running down USC’s Santo Condorelli (18.49). The Trojans won tonight’s race by 7 hundredths.


Team 50 Back Split 50 Breast Split 50 Fly Split 50 Free Split Final Time
Texas (NCAA, 2017) John Shebat- 20.84 Will Licon- 22.91 Joseph Schooling- 19.45 Brett Ringgold- 18.45 1:21.54
Cal (Former American Record, 2016) Ryan Murphy- 20.82 Chuck Katis- 22.64 Justin Lynch- 20.33 Tyler Messerschmidt- 18.61 1:22.40
Cal (American Record, 2018) Daniel Carr– 20.85 Connor Hoppe– 23.01 Justin Lynch- 19.77 Ryan Hoffer– 18.25 1:21.88

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Bearly Breathing

Exemplary split by Hoffer. I’m feeling better about Cal’s future in the sprints.


Sure his individual 50 wasn’t great, but I’d say Hoffer’s freshman year has gone very well! 18.25 is a fantastic split, plus you’ve got that 44.9 100 fly. Keep in mind NCAAs is a tough meet to swim at since there are more swims per session than most freshman are used to (relays are prelims + finals and the meet is basically only 3 days instead of the 5 or so at juniors and other large club meets), and almost nobody can cruise prelims.
If he goes anywhere around 41 mid in his individual 100 that would be a solid swim. Keep up the good work Ryan!


I agree, he held his own as a freshman.


5th place is pretty good




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