California Wins Team Title, Cordes Breaks Second American Record, Murphy Wins Second Title At NCAA Championships

California Wins Team Title, Cordes Breaks Second American Record, Murphy Wins Second Title At NCAA Championships


By Sharon Robb

March 29, 2014

The University of California Bears came to swim Saturday night at the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships.

By the third event on the final night of competition, the Bears knew the title was theirs.

Headed into the championship finals at the University of Texas’ Lee and Joe Jamail Swimming Center, only six points separated leader Texas and California but that all changed quickly after the first two events.

After a perfect dual-meet season and second consecutive conference title, California won its third team title in four years and fifth overall in the program’s history with 468.5 points.

Texas was second with 417.5 followed by Florida with 387 and defending champion Michigan fourth with 310. Florida State under first year coach Frankie Bradley finished 14th with 105 and University of Miami was 25th with 26 points, all in diving.

Cal had seven swimmers in the “A” finals and two in consolations. Texas had five in the “A” finals and five in consolations.

California freshman Ryan Murphy, 18, swept the backstroke events winning his second NCAA title in the 200-yard backstroke in an NCAA record 1:37.35, all but clinching the national title.

The Bolles alum and race favorite led from the start and was ahead of American record pace by half a second until the final five yards. Murphy also re-broke his 17-18 national age group record of 1:38.15.

Cal teammate Jacob Pedley was fourth in 1:39.59. Murphy and Pedley earned 35 points for the Bears. After the backstroke and mile, the Bears led Texas, 364.54-349.5.

“It’s all about the team title,” Murphy said. “We did everything we could do to contribute to the team. It was a great start to the evening. I hope we can keep rolling. It would be awesome if we did make a difference for the team title in this race.”

Arizona’s Kevin Cordes stole a little of California’s thunder with his second American record of the meet.

Cordes won the 200-yard breaststroke in an American, NCAA and U.S. Open record 1:48.66, breaking the record by 2/100ths of a second.

It was Cordes 11th American short course record in the last two years.

After the first 50, Cordes was a second ahead of American record pace, taking five strokes per 25. With clean walls and perfect streamline, he built a three-body length lead over some of the best breaststrokers in the world.

“It’s kind of crazy,” Cordes said. “It hasn’t really set in yet. I just go out there every day and try to improve. It’s just about different strategies, learning to swim and execute.”

After the breaststroke, Cal had a 412.5-370.5 lead.

In other championship races:

1,650-yard freestyle: Defending champion Connor Jaeger of Michigan led from wire-to-wire to win in a pool record 14:29.27. Cal senior Jeremy Bagshaw, who swam in an earlier heat, finished second in 14:39 to score 17 points for the Bears in their title run. After the event, California led Texas by 11, 329.5-318.5. Florida sophomore Arthur Frayler was third in 14:43.08.

100-yard freestyle: Brazilian Joao De Lucca of Louisville fought off fellow Brazilian Marcelo Chierighini of Auburn to win in 41.70. He is the first swimmer to sweep the 100 and 200 freestyle titles since Gustavo Borges accomplished the feat in 1995. Florida State senior and Florida Gold Coast swimmer Paul Murray was 20th in 42.70. Chierighini had broken the pool record in prelims in 41.52. Cal’s lead was 385.5-365.5 over Texas.

200-yard butterfly: South African Dylan Bosch, a sophomore at Michigan, knocked off Florida’s Marcin Cieslak to win in an NCAA and U.S. Open record of 1:39.33. Cieslak was second in 1:40.19. Florida State junior Connor Knight, a Florida Gold Coast swimmer, won the “B” final in 1:42.25.

“I had a pretty good feeling I could get it,” Bosch said. “This is the fastest meet in the world. It is crazy. I always thought I had a chance to get the record. I wanted to do it for my teammates. We all train together so well. Records are there to be broken. Just to be in the books and written into history is a great feeling.”

10-meter platform diving: Defending champion Nick McCrory of Duke nailed his final dive to make history as the only diver ever to win four consecutive NCAA platform titles. The Olympic bronze medalist finished with 454.85 that included a 10 on his final dive. Rafael Quintero of Arizona was second with 452.40 points.

“I was up there doing the math in my head what scores I had to average, I knew it was a tall order,” said McCrory, who scratched from 3-meter with an injury. “I tried to do my best. It was better than I thought when I hit the water. For me this is huge. I couldn’t ask for a better way to go out at Duke.”

400-yard freestyle relay: With two freshmen duking it out on the anchor leg for Auburn and N.C. State, Auburn, led by freshman Kyle Darmody knocked off a stacked field to win the final event of the night in a meet record 2:48.33. Cal was second in 2:49.48 and N.C. State, with freshman Areas Schiellerup on anchor leg, was third in 2:49.50.

In all, 56 schools and 270 participants—235 swimmers and 35 divers—competed in the three-day meet.

For those who would like to again watch the NCAA Men and Women Swimming and Diving Championships, ESPNU is re-broadcasting the women’s meet on April 2 at 9 p.m., April 3 at 11 p.m. and April 11 at 10 p.m. The men’s meet will be re-broadcast on April 9 at 8 p.m., April 10 at two times, 1 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

Cordes Breaks NCAA, American U.S. Open Records On Day 2 Of NCAA Men’s Championships

Cordes Breaks NCAA, American, U.S. Open Records On Day 2 Of NCAA Men’s Championships


Written by Sharon Robb

March 29, 2013

Kevin Cordes, a sophomore at Arizona, broke the NCAA, American, and U.S. Open records in the 100-yard breaststroke Friday night at the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships.

Cordes has been working with Matt Grevers, Eric Hansen and other members of the Arizona coaching staff and it showed in front of a near-capacity crowd on its feet cheering him home.

Cordes won his first NCAA title in a record time of 50.74. His splits were 23.87 and 26.87. It was the third time this season Cordes improved his own American record. He had first lowered it in morning prelims in 50.93.

Michigan continues to lead the team standings headed in Saturday’s third and final day of competition. The Wolverines have 336 points, ahead of California with 301.5 and Arizona with 234.5. Florida jumped to fifth with 196.5 points.

In the biggest upset of the night, David Nolan knocked off two-time defending champion Tom Shields to win the 100-yard backstroke in 44.99. Shields was second in 45.21.

Stanford’s Tom Kremer broke a 26-year-old national age group record in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:33.07. Troy Dalbey held the record in 1:33.28. Kremer, a freshman, finished third in the “A” final. Kremer has dual citizenship but competes for Israel internationally. Joao De Lucca of Louisville won in 1:31.51.

Michigan won its first NCAA event title in the 200-yard medley in 1:22.27 with Miguel Ortiz, Bruno Ortiz, Sean Fletcher and Zach Turk. The old record of 1:22.36 was held by Auburn. Since the Ortiz brothers are citizens of Spain, Japan and Brazil the Wolverines could not be credited with an American record.

Florida qualified seven swimmers for finals, including two into the “A” finals. Sophomore Carlos Omana of Miami, the top Florida Gold Coast finisher, just missed the finals in the 400-yard individual medley finishing 17th in 3:45.87 and was first alternate. Florida teammate Sebastien Rousseau was disqualified in the IM for the back to breast turn.

Stanford’s Kris Ipsen defended his 3-meter diving title with a come-from-behind victory. Ipsen overtook leader Nick McCrory of Duke on the final dive to win with 450.60 points.

In the final event of the evening, Florida knocked off Michigan to win the 800-yard freestyle relay in 6:13.27 with freshman Pawel Werner, Sebastian Rousseau, Marcin Cieslak and Dan Wallace.

On Thursday’s opening night, Vlad Morozov had a 17.86 50-yard freestyle split on the 200-yard freestyle relay. It was the first time any swimmer has split under 18 seconds in a 50 freestyle in any kind of suit at any level. Even more amazing was that it was on USC’s third relay leg.

While being interviewed by local TV stations during the NCAA, USA Swimming national team director Frank Busch supported merging the men’s and women’s NCAA Division I meets and keeping them in Indianapolis.

“I believe Indianapolis should be the Omaha of college swimming,” said Busch, referring to the College World Series annually held in Omaha, Nebraska. “I believe the meet should be combined and the meet should be at Indianapolis every year.”

FRIDAY RESULTS

TEAM TOTALS: 1. Michigan 336, 2. California 301.5, 3. Arizone 234.5, 4. Southern California 212, 5. Florida 196.5, 6. Texas 192, 7. Stanford 169, 8. Auburn 167.5, 9. Indiana 151, 10. Georgia 106, 17. Louisville 44, 19. Florida State.

200-yard medley relay:

1.Michigan 1:22.27, 2. California 1:23.17, 3. Arizona 1:23.23, 10. Florida State 1:25.80, 13. Florida 1:26.02.

400-yard individual medley:

1.Chase Kalisz, Georgia 3:38.05, 2. Michael Weiss, Wisconsin 3:39.61, 3. Dan Wallace, Florida 3:39.87, 17. Carlos Omana, Florida 3:45.87, Sebastian Rousseau, Florida, DQ.

100-yard butterfly:

1.Tom Shields, California 44.59, 2. Marcin Cieslak, Florida 45.35, 3. Sean Fletcher, Michigan 45.54.

200-yard freestyle:

1.Joao De Lucca, Louisville 1:31.51, 2. Dimitry Colupaev, Southern Cal 1:32.74, 3. Tom Kremer, Stanford 1:33.07.

100-yard breaststroke

1.Kevin Cordes, Arizona 50.74, 2. Kevin Steel, Arizona 51.69, 3. Richard Funk, Michigan 51.84, 32. Renato Prono, Tennessee 54.14.

100-yard backstroke:

1.David Nolan, Stanford 44.99, 2. Tom Shields, California 45.21, 3. Eric Ress, Indiana 45.31.

3-meter springboard diving:

1.Kris Ipsen, Stanford 450.60, 2. Nick McCrory, Duke 440.40, 3. Darian Schmidt, Indiana 425.50.

800-yard freestyle relay:

1.Florida 6:13.27 (Pawel Werner, Sebastien Rousseau, Marcin Cieslak, Dan Wallace), 2. Michigan 6:15.54, 3. Southern California 6:15.94.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

Now It’s The Men’s Turn: NCAA Division I Swimming And Diving Championships Begin Thursday

Now It’s The Men’s Turn: NCAA Division I Swimming And Diving Championships Begin Thursday


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

March 21, 2012

Veteran University of Texas coach Eddie Reese probably summed up the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship the best.

“This meet is shaping up to be a meet like I’ve never seen before,” said the 71-year-old three-time Olympic coach, who has seen his fair share of meets during his lifetime.

“This has been the strangest year I’ve ever seen. It seems like almost everybody was holding back all year long for this meet. I think it’s going to be one of the most exciting meets we’ve had. It’s going to be won by a half second.”

Texas, Arizona, California and Stanford share the favorites’ role when the meet begins Thursday at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

And, it could come down to the final relay event on Saturday night.

A field of 235 swimmers from 42 teams are entered. Stanford has won eight NCAA titles and finished second ten times.

Florida State will have seven swimmers and divers competing including sophomore Paul Murray, a former American Heritage Delray Beach Swimmer of the Year and Florida Gold Coast swimmer.

Murray will compete on the 200-yard freestyle relay (school record 1:17.73) and 400-yard freestyle relay (2:52.65). Murray will also compete in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle.

Two other Florida Gold Coast swimmers will compete. Brendon Andrews, a senior at No. 10-ranked Louisville and Lake Lytal Lightning swimmer, will compete in five events (200-yard freestyle relay 1:17.74, 400-yard medley relay 3:08.84, 200-yard medley relay 1:25.97, 100-yard backstroke 46.29, and 400-yard freestyle relay, 2:52.58).

Florida freshman Carlos Omana of Miami Metro Aquatics was an added addition for the No. 8-ranked Gators in the 400-yard individual medley (3:47.41), selected off the alternate’s list.

Florida is sending one of its youngest teams ever to the NCAA meet. The Gators qualified 12 swimmers and diver Mikey Lewark of Davie. Lewark is the first Gator diver in six years to qualify. Last year the Gators won two events.

“We’re going to get a lot of experience here this weekend,” said Gators and U.S. Olympic men’s coach Gregg Troy. “This is one of the best fields ever. It’s deep. A lot of new faces and I don’t think it’s as clearcut as you would think.

“There are four whole, complete teams then a whole bunch of the rest of us, kind of chasing. We don’t have all the pieces.”

Florida Gold Coast top official Jay Thomas is working the three-day meet.

The 500-yard freestyle, 200 IM, 50-yard freestyle and 1-meter springboard diving are all scheduled for Thursday.

ESPN3 will have a live stream of Friday’s and Saturday’s events beginning at 10 p.m. and air a tape-delay on Sunday, April 1 at 12:30 p.m. on ESPNU.

NOTES: Ohio State’s Bianca Alvarez of Miami was named Big Ten Diver of the Year.

FINAL CSCAA MEN’S POLL

1.Texas, Arizona, tie, 3. California, 4. Stanford, 5. Michigan, 6. Auburn, 7. Southern California, 8. Florida, 9. Ohio State, 10. Louisville, 11. Georgia, 12. Indiana, 13. Texas A&M, 14. Penn State, 15. Florida, State, 16. Virginia, 17. Iowa, 18. Tennessee, 19. North Carolina, 20. Minnesota, 21. Princeton, 22. Wisconsin, 23. Harvard, 24. Pursue, 25. Alabama.

TWEET OF THE DAY:

“Can I tell you how crazy my life is going to be the next 5 months?! At least 3 weeks a month on the road. Welcome to the Olympic year!”—Rowdy Gaines

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com