Race Video: 2014 Pac 12 Championships 200 Medley Relay, Arizona Wins In Record Time

2014 Pac 12 Swimming and Diving Championships – Men’s 200 Medley Relay – FINALS – Reported by Braden Keith

A lot of questions were answered very early on in this Pac 12 Men’s Championship meet. The first was around how the Arizona medley would come together. A very veteran relay, despite a little rockiness of late, had no problem pulling things together for a 1:23.50 and a new Pac 12 Championship Record in the event, with the team of Mitchell Friedemann (21.78), Kevin Cordes (23.11), Giles Smith (20.09), and Brad Tandy (18.52).

For Tandy, that’s his first race in the NCAA after finally being declared eligible last week, and he showed why he’s so valuable to Arizona – that split will compete with anybody in the country. Also big was Smith’s 20.09, after he’s missed some action this semester with a reported injury – things seem to be coming together for him. Cordes is already splitting what he went at NCAA’s last year. Friedemann was the only one who was a little bit off on this race was Friedemann on the leadoff, but aside from him this relay was faster than the one that took 3rd at NCAA’s last year.

That time shows both how good Arizona’s medley is with Tandy on board now (their breast/free combo is the best in the country, and it’s not that close) and a change in philosophy perhaps with Rick Demont at the helm – Arizona has never before won the Pac-12 title in that event, and that’s by far the fastest they’ve ever been in it at this meet. It’s only their 6th Pac-12 relay title ever.

Cal took second four-tenths of a second back, and also under the old Meet Record, in 1:23.91. That included a 21.32 leadoff from freshman Ryan Murphy, a 20.10 from senior Tony Cox, and an 18.77 anchor from sophomore Tyler Messerschmidt.

Chuck Katis, a transfer from Harvard at mid-season, showed his impact already with a 23.72 split. While that paled next to Cordes, the best yards breaststroker ever, it’s already almost as good as Cal was getting last year from the now-graduated Trevor Hoyt, and is a split that will put him in the top half of A-final breaststrokers at NCAA’s.

USC took 3rd in 1:25.25, with a 23.87 breaststroke from Sergio Lujan-Rivera, and Stanford was 4th in 1:25.99 with a 21.25 leadoff from junior David Nolan.

UCSB took 5th in 1:27.81, after a big dropoff in time, followed by Arizona State (1:27.92), Utah (1:28.48), and Cal Poly (1:31.95). Utah didn’t use their best swimmer, Nick Soedel, on their relay, though Ken Tiltges did split a nice 19.20 at the end. They instead saved him for the 800 free relay, which ultimately looks like a good decision.

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Morgan Priestley
8 years ago

SWIMFAN101, I may come off as a bitter Cal hater, but I agree, it’s looks like Katis tossed in a couple dolphin kicks there. Gets a big advantage, too.

8 years ago

Didn’t look like multiple underwaters. It’s hard to tell on relays as the rippling water gives the illusion of multiple dolphin kicks. Best not to jump to conclusions though until we have video evidence.

Reply to  Boomski
8 years ago

I agree with boomski, Katis had a very good streamline whereas the Stanford guys pullout was absolutely atrocious. No wonder compared side by side it looked like Katis flew by.

Vanessa Tandy
8 years ago

Epic swim! Well done Wildcats…. Sending congratulations from South Africa

Reply to  Vanessa Tandy
8 years ago

Great first swim for Brad as a Wildcat

8 years ago

It looks like Cal’s breastroker does a few fly kicks once he hits the water under the wake and then does his main one after the white water is behind him… just an observation though. Paused it a few times and his hips definitely moved in a fly type of kick. Any thoughts?

Reply to  swimfan101
8 years ago

It definitely looks that way- the big problem in breaststroke is that if you are in the middle of the pool, you can get away with doing dolphin kicks as you enter the water because officials aren’t in a good position to call it. The prime example is Van der burgh from s. africa in London. These type of dolphin kicks happen all the time as breaststrokers dive into the water, and it is never called because they hide under the splash of the entry.

Reply to  swimfan101
8 years ago

I thought I saw the exact same thing and was about to ask if anyone else did. His start got my attention because he entered after Stanford’s breaststroker and came up well ahead of him. It certainly looks like Van der Burgh-style shenanigans. Boomski, is there any “video evidence” to wait for? I’ve haven’t seen any underwater cams at this meet.

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MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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