Cal-Berkeley Takes Lead, Gators Win Two Titles On Day Two Of NCAA Men’s Championships

Cal-Berkeley Takes Lead, Gators Win Two Titles On Day Two Of NCAA Men’s Championships


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

March 25, 2011

University of California at Berkeley took over the lead Friday at the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis.

Heading into the third and final day, the Bears lead with 352 points. Texas is second with 288.5 followed by Stanford, 278.5, Arizona, 214 and Florida, 213. Florida State is 24th with 14 points. 

California started off its successful night with a win in the 200-yard medley relay with Guy Barnea, Damir Dugonjic, Graeme Moore and Nathan Adrian in 1:23.12, more than a second ahead of Texas.

Barnea, Dugonjic and Moore were competing in the event for the third consecutive season. The Bears, defending champions in the relay, were the fastest morning qualifier in 1:24.39.

University of Georgia senior Bill Cregar, sixth fastest morning qualifier, snapped Michigan’s five-year win streak by winning the 400-yard individual medley in 3:40.97.

Cregar is the first Georgia swimmer to win the event since 2003 when St. Petersburg’s Robert Margalis won. Race favorite Conor Dwyer of Florida, who failed to make the final, won the “B” final in 3:42.49. Dwyer is ill with a stomach virus.

In a battle of national champions, Stanford senior Austin Staab, the 2009 NCAA champion, second fastest morning seed and race favorite, recaptured the 100-yard butterfly in 44.69 ahead of California’s Tom Shields, the defending champion and fastest morning qualifier, in 44.91.

University of Florida finally found the winner’s podium with senior Brett Fraser of the Cayman Islands, who finished seventh last year, won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:32.21. It was the third consecutive year a Gator has won the event. Conor Dwyer won last year and Brett’s brother Shaune won in 2009. Fraser had fun on the podium during the medal ceremony doing the Gator chomp.

Dugonjic, a senior, after swimming on the winning relay, came back to win an individual title in the 100-yard breaststroke in 50.94 for his third consecutive NCAA title in the event. He won in 2009 in 50.86 and 2010 in 51.65.

California added more points in the 100-yard backstroke when sophomore Tom Shields overcame Indiana sophomore Eric Ress in the last 50 yards to win in 45.02. Ress was second in 45.14.

Purdue junior David Boudia won his second NCAA title of the meet on 3-meter springboard. He finished with 472.30 points narrowly edging Grant Nel of Texas A&M with 471.35. Florida State’s Landon Marzullo was seventh with 378.85 and earned All-American honors.

Boudia goes for the trifecta on 10-meter platform on Saturday.

In the final event of the night, the 800-yard freestyle relay, favorite and top seed University of Florida with Florida Gold Coast swimmer Jeffrey Raymond of Davie swimming anchor leg (1:34.33), won in 6:14.88 ahead of Virginia in 6:16.59. Cal-Berkeley was fifth in 6:20.54. Other Gator relay members were Dwyer leading off, Fraser and Sebastien Rousseau. 

The meet is being streamed live on ESPN3.com.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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Stanford, Adrian Break ARs On Day One Of NCAA Championships; Jay Fitzgerald To Be Honored

Stanford, Adrian Break ARs On Day One Of NCAA Championships; Jay Fitzgerald To Be Honored


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

March 24, 2011

Stanford broke an American record twice, Nathan Adrian rewrote the record book and University of Texas took the lead on Day One of the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships Thursday at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis.

Stanford started off the day with an American record in the 200-yard freestyle in morning prelims.

Stanford’s Alex Coville (19.28), Aaron Wayne (18.95), Jakob Allen (18.88) and Austin Staab (18.73) broke the American record in 1:15.84, breaking the 1:15.90 set by Texas in 2009.

The Cardinals came back in finals to break their own record to win the relay in 1:15.26. The win gave Stanford its NCAA-record ninth win in the event.

Matt McLean of Virginia, the top seed after morning prelims, won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:10.15. Defending champion Conor Dwyer of Florida finished a disappointing third in 4:13.98.

Stanford’s Austin Staab, the fastest morning qualifier, won the 200-yard individual medley in 1:41.57.

Olympic hopeful Nathan Adrian of California-Berkeley reclaimed the 50-yard freestyle with an American record in 18.66, bettering his national record of 18.71 set in 2009 when he last won the NCAA title in the event. Adrian also anchored California’s winning 400-yard medley relay that won in 3:02.28. Guy Barnea, Damir Dugonjic and Tom Shields were also relay members.

Purdue’s David Boudia defended his 1-meter springboard title with 461 points.

University of Texas leads after Day One with 139 points followed by Stanford, 136; California, 134; Auburn, 110.5 and Arizona, 99.

No. 5-ranked University of Florida is seventh with 70 points. The Gators picked up All-American honors in four events.

“We had some good performances today,” Gators coach Gregg Troy said. “We raced really well. We had a couple of disappointments with some races we thought we would be better in, but by the same token, Cieslak and Rousseau did tremendous in the 200 IM.”

Freshman Marcin Cieslak was sixth in the 200-yard individual medley in a career-best 1:43.69, earning All-American honors. Sophomore Sebastien Rousseau was tenth in a career-best 1:44.24.

Dwyer failed to defend his title in the 500-yard freestyle with his third place in 4:13.98 after winning last year in 4:13.64.

“Conor in the finals maybe overswam the front-end of the race a little bit,” Troy said.

Florida took fourth in the 400-yard medley relay in 3:06.81 with Marco Loughran, Dwyer, Cieslak and Brett Fraser.

“We are going to put the pieces back together and get it started back again tomorrow,” Troy said.

Florida State senior diver Landon Marzullo finished 15th on one-meter springboard with 340.00 for six dives and earned honorable mention All-American. Senior diver Michael Neubacher finished 25th with 298.20 points. Florida State is 25th with two points.

On Saturday, Pine Crest Swimming veteran coach Jay Fitzgerald will be honored with the 2011 Outstanding Service Award from the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association.

Fitzgerald will be honored during the annual NISCA Conference held in conjunction with the NCAA Men’s Championships. The names of the recipients of the prestigious award will be displayed in the International Swimming Hall of Fame Museum in Fort Lauderdale.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com.

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