Cal’s Ryan Murphy got his first Pac-12 title by coming from behind to top Stanford’s Dave Nolan in a thrilling 100 back race. That was a microcosm of the team race, where Cal passed up Stanford for the Pac-12 lead on night 3.
Cordes went 51.23 to wipe away the championships record set by Cal’s Damir Dugonjic back in 2009. That mark was 51.41. Cordes was his typically great self in the back half, coming home in 26.81.
Murphy went 45.59, perhaps even more impressive considering he swam the 100 fly just a few events earlier. Nolan took second with a 45.66.
2014 Pac 12 Championships – 100 FLY – Reported by Jared Anderson In prelims, California’s Tony Cox was the top seed and…
Cristian Quintero stayed on a roll this week, taking the 200 free in 1:32.81.
Defending champ Josh Prenot won the event for Cal, dropping two seconds from prelims. His 3:42.20 is still a half-second off what he went in winning this race as a freshman, but it does move him inside the top 10 in the NCAA this season.
Arizona won this relay, though it turned into a tighter battle than some might have predicted as Cal put up a season-best time in pushing the Wildcats.
Cal’s Tony Cox has two A-final swims on Friday night, part of 14 overall for the Cal Golden Bears.
This picture taken during the prelims of the 400 IM at the 2014 Pac 12 Championships shows that officials are now on the bulkhead.
Arizona junior Kevin Cordes is a threat to break an American Record every time he swims the 100 breaststroke, and he’ll get another shot on Friday at the Pac-12 Championships.
Dave Nolan smoked a tough 200 IM field with a 1:41.49, just a few tenths off his NCAA-winning time from last season. He’s now the fourth man in the nation under 1:42 this season in what should be a crazy event come nationals.
Junior college transfer Brad Tandy is swimming in his first official NCAA meet, but he’s wasting no time in making his mark for Arizona. The junior went 18.80 to break the championships record, rocket to the top of the national rankings and become just the second man under 19 in the NCAA this season.
Cal rolled to a win, going 1:16.67, which sits fourth in the NCAA. Seth Stubblefield came back with another great swim in a tough double, anchoring in 18.85, the fastest split of the field.
The 200 IM has already been outrageous this season, with three men already going 1:41s in the conference round. Stanford’s Dave Nolan, the defending NCAA champ in the event, became the fourth tonight, powering away with a 1:41.49 win.