Murphy Returns To NCAA Competition As Cal Takes On Stanford


  • Results
  • Hosted by Stanford University
  • Wednesday, November 2nd
  • 25 yards
  • Triple Distance Format

The Cal men traveled to Stanford today for an unscored triple distance meet against the Cardinal, during which swimmers competed in 3 distances of one of the stroke disciplines (fly, back, breast, sprint free, distance free, or IM).

Olympic champ Ryan Murphy returned to NCAA competition with the Bears tonight. Following his triple-gold performance in Rio, Murphy took a break through the first couple of meets this season. He came back in his signature backstroke races tonight with a nation-leading time of 1:41.80 to win the 200 back. He also picked up wins in the 50 back and 100 back in times of 21.84 and 46.08 respectively.

Cal All-American Andrew Seliskar was a triple winner tonight, swimming to victory in all 3 of the IM races. Seliskar went head-to-head with Stanford IM standout Abrahm DeVine, as the two finished 1st and 2nd in each ofthe 3 races. They first battled in the 100 IM, with Seliskar hitting the wall a half second faster to win in 49.39 to DeVine’s 49.86. The 200 IM saw a similar outcome, as Seliskar threw down on the freestyle leg to win in 1:45.56 ahead of DeVine (1:45.91). Following that race, Seliskar closed the meet with a 400 IM victory in 3:47.44.

Stanford senior Jimmy Yoder broke a pool record in the Cardinal’s first home meet of the season. Yoder swam to the fastest time in the nation so far with his 1:44.02 victory in the 200 fly, beating out Cal All-American Justin Lynch (1:44.69).

Cardinal freshmen Grant Shoults and True Sweetser had an impressive showdown in the distance free events, swimming to a 1-2 finish in the 200 free, 500 free, and 1000 free. Shoults swam to a pair of victories with his 1:37.15 in the 200 free and 4:23.85 in the 500 free. Sweetser, on the other hand, was the victor in the 1000 free with his 9:04.98.


STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford hosted its first meet of the season Wednesday at the Avery Aquatic Center, an unscored triple distance meet against California.

“This meet was a real thrill with some great competition on a great day, and you can’t always depend on all that to come together, but it did nicely today,” said Goldman Family Director of Men’s Swimming Ted Knapp. “We talked about being ready to race, even after a solid morning in the weight room they were fully ready to go. Wednesday is usually our recovery day, so give all the guys credit for digging deep and breaking routine to come out and be so competitive.”

The format of the meet, which does not include a team score, was to swim three distances in one of six disciplines – butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, spring freestyle, individual medley and distance freestyle.

Jimmy Yoder (22.47) and Tom Kremer (22.88) got the meet started with third and fourth-place finishes in the 50-yard butterfly. Patrick Conaton (22.64) backed it up with a runner-up in the 50-yard backstroke with Jack Walsh (22.99) in fourth.

Matt Anderson (25.50) scored a runner-up result finish in the 50-yard breaststroke, then Sam Perry (20.58) added a second-place finish of his own in the 50-yard freestyle. Perry won the 50 free last season at the Pac-12 Swimming and Diving Championships.

Abrahm DeVine (49.86) was edged by 0.47 seconds in the 100-yard individual medley, settling for second place. Grant Shoults (1:37.13) bagged Stanford’s first win of the day in the 200-yard freestyle, with True Sweetser (1:39.21), Liam Egan (1:39.87) and James Murphy (1:40.17) in second, third and fourth place, respectively.

“I thought the freshmen as a whole were very good,” said Knapp. “They had a fantastic showing in the distance freestyle events, and they are all making positive strides every day in training.”

Yoder (48.55) was second in the 100-yard butterfly with William Macmillan (49.84) in fourth. Conaton (49.06) and Benjamin Ho (49.49) finished second and third, respectively, in the 100-yard backstroke, while Anderson (55.91) finished third in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Perry (44.09) improved on his runner-up in the 50 free by winning the 100-yard freestyle before DeVine (1:45.91) finished second in the 200-yard individual medley.

Shoults (4:23.85) won his second event of the day, the 500-yard freestyle. Stanford swept the top-four, with Sweetser (4:26.58), Egan (4:30.30) and Murphy (4:32.24) also posting strong times.

Yoder (1:44.02) set a pool record in the 200-yard butterfly, breaking Gray Umbach‘s record from Stanford’s last meeting with Cal in the 2015-16 season.

“As a senior, to break a pool record in the first home meet of the season — not to mention after having his tonsils taken out in August — is incredible,” said Knapp. “He’s the guy we are pointing to on our 200 medley relay team right now, and that’s a testament to the hard work he’s been putting in over the past six weeks.”

Ho (1:48.85) was Stanford’s highest finisher in the 200-yard backstroke placing third, with Conaton (1:49.20) not far behind in fourth.

Maxwell Williamson (2:00.17) won the 200-yard breaststroke while Anderson (2:02.65) took fourth. Perry (1:38.48) and Cogswell (1:38.77) finished third and fourth in the final sprint freestyle event of the afternoon, the 200-yard freestyle.

DeVine (3:50.38) made it three runner-up finishes in IM events, with Justin Buck(3:54.63) and Curtis Ogren (3:55.68) rounding out the top four.

The Cardinal swept the top four of the final distance freestyle event, the 1000-yard freestyle. Sweetser (9:04.98) finished ahead of runner-up Shoults (9:16.28), third-place Murphy (9:16.50) and fourth-place Egan (9:16.90).

Stanford added a pair of runner-up finishes in the 200-yard medley relay and 200-yard freestyle relay to finish the meet. The Cardinal quartet of Ryan Dudzinski, Anderson, Yoder and Cogswell (1:30.35) were second in the 200 medley relay, while Perry, Kremer, Conaton and Spencer DeShon (1:20.84) were runners-up in the 200 free relay.

Stanford returns to action Nov. 30-Dec. 3 when it travels to Austin, Texas, for the Texas Invitational, hosted by defending national champions Texas. Live results will be available at


STANFORD, Calif. – Competing in the unique Triple Distance Meet format that crowned winners based on a three-race cumulative time, the Cal men’s swimming team claimed four event wins and earned victories in both relays against Stanford at Avery Aquatic Center.

Senior Ryan Murphy returned to racing with a win in the backstroke while fellow senior Hunter Cobleigh won a tight battle with teammate Connor Hoppe to claim victory in the breaststroke. Freshman Michael Jensentook the victory in the sprint freestyle and Andrew Seliskar finished the day with the best overall time in the individual medley.

Racing a format in which swimmers totaled their times in three different distances of each stroke, several Bears took the blocks in races that they wouldn’t normally compete in. In the breaststroke, that meant Hoppe and Cobleigh went toe to toe and, after Hoppe won both the 50 and 100-yard versions of the event, Cobleigh rallied with a time of 2:01.07 to finish the three events with a time of 3:22.64 that was a mere nine-hundreths of a second faster than Hoppe.

Murphy made his 2016 debut with a trio of dominant swims in the backstroke, winning the 50, 100 and 200 to earn the victory. A strong second-place swim in the 200 by freshman Andy Song resulted in a 1-2 finish for the Bears in the back.

A pair of Cal freshmen battled for the sprint freestyle crown and Jensen rode wins in the 100 and 200 to the victory. Stanford’s Sam Perry placed second and Cal’s ‘Aukai Lileikis finished third.

Sophomore Andrew Seliskar lined up for the individual medley and got off to a good start with a win in the rare 100 IM. He rolled to wins in the 200 and 400 and took the overall title.
Junior Justin Lynch had a strong effort in the butterfly, winning both the 50 and 100. He also put forward a solid swim in the 200 butterfly, and although Stanford’s Jimmy Yoder claimed the win, Lynch continued a strong start to the 2016-17 campaign.

“I thought Justin did a nice job managing his three swims,” Cal head coach David Durden said. “Being 1:44 on the end of that 200 fly, with it not being something really that we’ve focused on this year, I thought that was some good, mature swimming. In the backstroke, Murph’s going to do what Murph does. I thought Andy Song put together three nice swims in that backstroke as well.

“From a breaststroke perspective with Hunter and Hoppe, that was the perfect format for them. Hoppe’s going to win the 50 and the 100, Hunter’s going to win the 200 and it’s just a matter of how much he’s going to win it by to see if he’s going to get Hoppe. The 200s across the board for our guys I thought were really good. Our young guys did a nice job with Jensen and ‘Aukai in the sprint free. And, (Seliskar) put together three nice swims in the IM. It was really good to see that we were seeing three collective good swims rather than one or two.”

Cal capped the day with wins in both relays. The foursome of Murphy, Hoppe, Seliskar and Jonathan Fiepkewon the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:28.16 and the quartet of Lynch, Pawel Sendyk, Jensen and Lileikis came back a few moments later to win the 200 free relay with a time of 1:19.98

Wednesday’s trip to Stanford is Cal’s last competition until the fall comes to a close at the Georgia Fall Invitational from Dec. 2-4. 2017 kicks off with the two-day Cal Invitational all-comers meet on Jan. 14-15 and dual competition resumes Jan. 20 and 21 at Arizona and Arizona State.

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I’m impressed by the Cal freshmen. Jensen, Lileikis, Song, Sendyk and others are really tearing it up.
Some fast times by both teams!


Keep thinking 1:41 is a super fast 200 back and that murphy is an insane in season swimmer….then i realize that is actually like 6 seconds off his pb….1:41 is just a “blah” in season swim for him and thats crazy to think about. He probably does 1:42s or 1:43s after practice


1:41 impressive unless you’re Ryan Murphy. That really is a solid time for so early 1:41.80 would have made him the 30th fastest performer last year. 46.08 is exactly what Patching went last year. Murphy is just on a completely different level. I can see a 42 very very high for him in the 100 and 19 high in the 50


That moment when Murphy’s front-half of his 100 would win the 50 back, and his 200 Medley relay split is only .05 slower than their B freestyle lead off.


The back half of his 100 back was faster than anyone’s front half in the field


Any news on C Black? Qualified for 2016 NCAAs but didn’t swim…nor was he swimming at this meet. And, no Alwyn Tan on the roster…any insight on that? Definitely some nice early-season swims for both squads.

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