FEDERAL WAY, Wash. — Defending national champion California used an individual title from Marcin Tarczynski in the 200-yard individual medley and relay victories in the 200-yard freestyle and 400-yard medley relay to take the lead after the first night of the NCAA Men’s Swimming Championships on Thursday.

The Golden Bears are 17.5 points ahead of rival Stanford going to the second day of competition on Friday. Tarczynski’s victory was the most surprising as he overtook Stanford rival and top qualifier David Nolan over the final 50 yards to win in 1:41.97 and give the Bears their first individual title of the meet.

Texas’ James Feigen erased three years of disappointment by winning the 50 freestyle. Feigen took third in 2011, fourth in 2010 and third in 2009 in the event. Texas also picked up a victory in 1-meter diving when Drew Livingston won his second title.