Stanford trails only Texas after Day 1
Staab posts ninth consecutive national title in 200 IM
- Day 1: Scores & Results
MINNEAPOLIS -- Stanford twice set an American record in the 200 freestyle relay and Austin Staab won the 200 individual medley as the Cardinal ended the first of three days at the NCAA Championships in second place behind Texas.
Bobby Bollier was a national runner-up in the 500 freestyle (4:13.94) and the 400 medley relay team finished third to top off day one. Texas leads the field with 139 points, Stanford has 136 points and Cal has 134 points.
The Cardinal broke the American record in the 200 free relay two times on the day, coming in second in the prelims with a time of 1:15.84 and then racing to a mark of 1:15.26, as Aaron Wayne touched the wall ahead of Cal's Tom Shield's by .08 seconds. The quartet of Alex Coville, Staab, Jake Allen and Wayne brought home the ninth 200 free relay title for the Cardinal, an NCAA record.
Stanford had come into the championships seeded fourth in the 200 free relay, and bettered its season-best (1:16.86) by a second in the morning prelims for second for the first of two American records.
Staab went wire to wire in the 200 IM, setting a pool record with a time of 1:41.57, and continuing an NCAA record of nine national titles in the event for the Cardinal. The Pac-10 champion in the event won his second career NCAA title and first since 2009. Staab's time was also the fourth-fastest time in NCAA history.
Bollier's personal-best of 4:13.94 was three seconds slower than Virginia's Matt McLean (4:10.15) in the 500 freestyle final for second. Chad La Tourette was sixth with a time of 4:16.15.
Alex Coville was fifth in the 50 free as Cal's Nathan Adrian broke the American record in the event (18.66).
Stanford's time of 1:15.26 in the 200 freestyle also set the school record, previously set in 2007 (1:15.97). It was Stanford's ninth NCAA title in the event and first since 2001-03. The 2009 Texas relay team owned the previously American and NCAA record at 1:15.90.