2011 Division I Men's Swimming and Diving Championships
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Day 3 -- California wins first title in 31 years

MINNEAPOLIS -- California held off defending champion Texas to win its first men’s NCAA swimming championship in 31 years on Saturday night.

Cal’s Graeme Moore, Josh Daniels, Tom Shields and Nathan Adrian clinched the title by winning the 400-yard freestyle relay in 2 minutes, 47.39 seconds.

Adrian also won the 100 freestyle in 41.10 seconds.

Duke’s Nick McCory scored 548.90 points to win his second straight platform diving title, denying Purdue’s David Boudia’s bid to become the first male to sweep all three diving events.

Texas won two events, but couldn’t erase a 63 1/2 -point deficit to win the team title. Cal finished with 493 points and Texas 470 1/2 . Stanford scored 403 points to claim third.

Texas sophomore Michael McBroom won the 1,650 freestyle in 14:32.86 to start the night. Texas took the lead by a half-point after Eric Friedland won the 200 breaststroke in 1:52.43.

One year after finishing first, but getting disqualified for an illegal one-handed touch on the first turn, Georgia’s Mark Dylla won the 200 butterfly in 1:40.60.

Arizona junior Cory Chitwood won the 200 backstroke in 1:38.34.

Day 2 -- California takes team lead from Longhorns
MINNEAPOLIS -- It's been 31 years since California won an NCAA men's swimming title and Damir Dugonjic believes it's about time for another one.

Cal won three events to take a commanding 63.5-point lead at the NCAA men's swimming championships Friday night.

Dugonjic became a three-time champion in the 100-yard breastroke with a time of 50.94 seconds on the second day of the meet. Tom Shields won the 100 backstroke in 45.02 seconds.

The Golden Bears 200 medley relay team of Guy Barnea, Graeme Moore, Nathan Adrian and Dugonjic took first in 1:23.12 to start the night.

"I think we're the best team here," Dugonjic said. "We're swimming like we're supposed to. I think it can happen. I'm not going to say for sure, but we got a shot."

The crowd at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center roared when Dan Kuch - still dressed in his tuxedo - dived in the pool after playing the final note of the national anthem on his trumpet.

After that, it was Cal fans doing most of the cheering as their team took the lead.

Texas, the defending champions, is second with 288.5 points and Stanford is third with 278.5.

Purdue's David Boudia won the 3-meter diving event with a score of 472.30. He won the 1-meter on Thursday and can sweep all three diving events with a win in the platform on Saturday.

"The platform's my favorite event. It's the one I train for most," said Boudia, who now has six career NCAA titles. "I'm just going to go in relaxed and having fun. There's not much else I can do."

It will be the last dive of Boudia's collegiate career. The junior said he will skip his senior season to train full-time for the 2012 Olympics in London.

Stanford's Austin Staab won the 100 butterfly in 44.69 seconds, the third title of his career.

Staab held off Shield's, the defending champion, and thinks Stanford still has a shot at the team title.

"We're behind now, but tomorrow is our day," he said. "We can make a good run at them tomorrow."

Georgia senior Bill Cregar won the 400 individual medley in 3:40.97 and Florida's Brett Fraser took the 200 freestyle in 1:32.21.

Cregar came on strong in the race's final 100 yards to pull away from Michigan's Kyle Whitaker.

"It hurts to kick as hard as you can that last 100 yards, but I just put my head down and did it," Cregar said. "It's my strongest point of the race."

Florida's Conor Dwyer, Sebastien Rousseau, Jeffrey Raymond and Fraser won the 800 freestyle relay with a time of 6:14.39.
 

Day 1 -- Texas edges out to early lead at NCAA Championships
MINNEAPOLIS -- After a surprising upset loss in the 50-yard freestyle last year, California’s Nathan Adrian rebounded in a big way.

Adrian broke his own American short-course record with a time of 18.66 seconds Thursday night in the NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships, while defending champion Texas opened a three-point lead ahead of Stanford after the first day.

Adrian broke his previous mark of 18.71. He also teamed with Guy Barnea, Damir Dugonjic and Tom Shields to win the 400 medley relay.

“I’m swimming for a lot more than individual accomplishments at the NCAA level,” Adrian said. “We’ve all got to be a bit faster this time of year so we can bring home that team title.”

California had the largest and loudest contingent of fans for the first day of the championships. Stationed on both sides of the pool, Golden Bears fans wearing black and gold T-shirts traded chants and cheers while their team totaled 134 points, good enough for third place.

The 400 medley relay win was the perfect way to cap the night.

“Not every race is real fun, but that one was,” Barnea said. “I like where we’re at. If we keep swimming like this, we got a shot.”

Stanford’s Alex Covilee, Austin Staab, Jakob Allen and Aaron Wayne opened the championships by setting an American record in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:15.2. Stanford broke its own record of 1:15.84, set earlier in the day during the prelims.

“It served as a pretty good jumping off point for the rest of the evening,” Covilee said. “I thought we had a lot of energy after that. You could tell by the way everyone was swimming that it gave us a spark.”

Staab added a title in the 200 medley two races later.

Defending champion Texas did not have any winners, but did enough to total 139 points and put itself in position to repeat. California finished second last year and has not won a team title since 1980.

Purdue’s David Boudia won his second 1-meter diving title and fifth championship overall. Boudia has a chance to add to his total in the 3-meter and platform events.

The junior almost did not qualify for the finals after finishing sixth in the prelims with 353.10 points. He scored 461.00 in the finals, almost 36 points better than runner-up Grant Nel of Texas A&M.

“I struggled early in the day, but I came out at night and just hit it,” Boudia said. “I just need to keep drilling those dives and enjoying this moment.”

Virginia’s Matt McLean took home the 500 freestyle title with a time of 4:10.15. The senior came on strong at the end of the race to win by more than 3 seconds over Stanford’s Bobby Bollier.

“At first I was just kind of feeling things out,” McLean said. “Toward the end I got comfortable and knew I had it. I really turned it on from there.”