swimming-men-d1 flag

Christian Corona | Associated Press | March 29, 2014

Texas leads California, and field, entering final day of competition

AUSTIN, Texas -- California won the 200-yard medley relay in an American-record 1 minute, 22.27 seconds Friday night in the NCAA men's swimming championships, and host Texas led the Golden Bears by six points with one day left in the meet.

California's Ryan Murphy, Chuck Katis, Tony Cox, Tyler Messerschmidt finished 0.56 seconds shy of the NCAA meet record set by Michigan last year en route to the team title.

"We honestly didn't think we had a chance to win that," said Cox, who swam the third leg. "We didn't think we'd break [the record] by that much, so it was pretty exciting it went a little better than planned."

California is trying to win the team title for the third time in four years.

Texas freshman Michael Hixon, the 1-meter springboard winner Thursday, again sparked the Longhorns by taking the 3-meter springboard Friday with 457.20 points.

"He's one of these guys that, if he has to have something, he can go to that level and he can do it," Texas coach Eddie Reese said. "That's special. Not many of those come along."

Georgia's Chase Kalisz successfully defended his title in the 400 individual medley with a meet-record 3:34.50 in the next event, shattering the mark by 1.48 seconds.

Florida's Marcin Cieslak overtook Ohio State's Tim Phillips in the last 25 yards of the 100 butterfly to capture his second championship of the meet.

After Louisville's Joao De Lucca won his second consecutive title in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:31.96, Arizona's Kevin Cordes joined the group of American record-breakers by posting a time of 50.04 seconds in the 100 breaststroke.

"It never gets old," said the four-time NCAA champion Cordes, who also broke the record in a heat earlier in the day. "It's been a really fast meet. I don't think I've ever seen it this fast. It's great competition."

Texas swimmers finished fifth, sixth and seventh in the 100 butterfly, propelling the Longhorns back in front of the Golden Bears, who got a boost from freshman Ryan Murphy when he held off Penn State's Shane Ryan in the 100 backstroke at 44.63 seconds.

"We've got a lot of momentum now," Murphy said. "That's been the goal all season, especially with how this meet has been going."

2019 NCAA DI men's golf championships: Scores, schedule, how to watch the 2019 tournaments

Oklahoma State won the national title on its home course last season, defeating Alabama in the finals at Karsten Creek. Led by U.S. Amateur champion Viktor Hovland and the Cowboys have won six tournaments this season, taking the Big 12 title in their previous start.
READ MORE

2019 NCAA softball tournament: A complete guide to the super regionals

The 2019 NCAA Division I softball super regionals tournament kicks off Thursday with the first set of games. Here’s everything you need to know about the 16 teams that remain in the hunt a spot at the 2019 women’s college world series. 
READ MORE

NCAA softball tournament: Sam Houston State stuns No. 9 Texas in Austin regional

Junior Tiffany Thompson hit the go-ahead home run in the sixth inning, and senior Lindsey McLeod tossed six shutout innings as Sam Houston State stunned No. 9 Texas 2-1 in the opening game of the NCAA Tournament’s Austin Regional Friday at Red and Susan McCombs Stadium.
READ MORE

Subscribe To Email Updates

Enter your information to receive emails about offers, promotions from NCAA.com and our partners