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AUSTIN, Texas, March 28. DAY two qualifying at the NCAA Division I Men's Championships is complete, and the first American record went up on the board as Kevin Cordes blasted the 100-yard breast.

Here was the lay of the land heading into prelims:


Team Standings
1. Texas 146
2. California 145
3. Florida 137
4. Michigan 109
5. Georgia 74
6. Arizona 68.5
7. Auburn 54
8. USC 51
9. Stanford 46
10. Alabama 40.5

Men's 200 medley relay
Texas, already in the lead for the team-title battle, started off day two right with the top time in prelims in the sprint medley by a wide margin, all while teams definitely looked to be taking a much more cautious approach to their relay exchanges after yesterday's DQ onslaught.

Kip Darmody (21.29), John Murray (23.64), Jack Conger (19.96) and Caleb Weir (19.13) posted a 1:42.02, while Alabama's Connor Oslin (21.25), Anton McKee (23.78), Brett Walsh (20.66) and Kristian Gkolomeev (18.78) finishing second in 1:24.47.

Auburn's Joe Patching (21.59), Michael Duderstadt (24.03), Marcelo Chierighini (20.45) and Kyle Darmody (18.77) turned in a third-place 1:24.84 with Chierighini really making sure he was safe on the relay start with a 0.42 reaction time.

Georgia finished fourth in 1:24.85 with Arizona taking fifth in 1:24.87 as Kevin Steel subbed for Kevin Cordes on the breaststroke leg following Cordes' medley relay DQ yesterday.

Florida (1:24.88) and Florida State (1:25.00) placed sixth and seventh, while California barely made the finale after finishing fourth in their heat with an eighth-seeded 1:25.03.

In a stunner, Michigan took ninth with a 1:25.12 after having won the event last year with an NCAA record.

NC State (1:25.35), Tennessee (1:25.45), USC (1:25.89), Penn State (1:25.98), Missouri (1:26.02), UNLV (1:26.09) and Kentucky (1:26.10) also made the consolation heat.

The relay disqualification tally increased to 15 so far this meet with an early relay exchange by Virginia Tech, while Wisconsin actually dodged a bullet when the meet referee overturned an announced disqualification by their butterfly leg.

Men's 400 IM
Defending champion Chase Kalisz demonstrated that he's definitely ready to claim a second straight title after dropping a sizzling 3:38.36 in qualifying. That swim is the 14th-fastest all time, although Kalisz is already the third-best ever with a lifetime best of 3:36.89 from SECs last month.

Michigan's Kyle Whitaker turned in a 3:40.11 for second overall, while California's Josh Prenot placed third in 3:40.37.

Michigan's Dylan Bosch (3:40.41), Indiana's Steve Schmuhl (3:41.24), Florida's Dan Wallace (3:41.93), Texas' Will Licon (3:42.75) and Georgia's Tynan Stewart (3:42.85) also made the championship finale with both Michigan and Georgia earning a pair of championship qualifiers.

Florida's Sebastien Rousseau (3:43.03), Florida's Matt Elliott (3:43.28), Minnesota's Jakub Maly (3:44.17), California's Adam Hinshaw (3:44.17), Georgia's Jared Markham (3:44.30), Florida's Connor Signorin (3:44.46), Arizona's Michael Meyer (3:44.92) and Texas A&M's Simon Frank (3:45.13) comprised the consolation heat in the distance medley event.

Florida definitely will gain a big points advantage in the event, with one up and three down, but would have liked to have seen Rousseau make the A final.

Men's 100 fly
Texas will respond to Florida's strong 400 IM with an incredible point-scoring onslaught this evening in the fly after going three up and one down in qualifying.

Jack Conger (45.46), Tripp Cooper (45.77) and Will Glass (45.85) placed third, sixth and seventh to make the A final for the Longhorns, while Matt Ellis also made the B final with a 14th-place 46.19.

Ohio State's Tim Phillips and Arizona's Giles Smith battled in the final heat to go 1-2 in qualifying, 45.18 to 45.20. Phillips vaulted to 12th all time in the event's history, while Smith already stands sixth with a 44.73 from December earlier this season.

Florida State's Pavel Sankovich (45.51), Florida's Marcin Cieslak (45.52) and Georgia's Doug Reynolds (45.92) earned the rest of the transfer spots into the championship heat.

California might not have had an A finalist, guaranteeing the Golden Bears won't keep graduated Tom Shields' NCAA title in house, but Dave Durden's squad still took three spots in the consolation heat. Seth Stubblefield (46.06), Ton Cox (46.10) and Marcin Tarczynski (46.10) finished 10th-11th.

North Carolina's Sam Lewis (45.99), NC State's Barrett Miesfeld (46.11), Arizona's Andrew Porter (46.23) and Michigan's Peter Brumm (46.33) grabbed the other spots in the B final.

Men's 200 free
The Trojans had the strongest overall team finish in the 200 free with a two up, one down effort. Cristian Quintero, the 500 free victor, qualified sixth in 1:33.32, while teammate Dimitri Colupaev placed seventh in 1:33.52. Dylan Carter wound up 14th with a 1:34.22 for USC.

Michigan's Michael Wynalda clocked the top time of the day with a 1:32.55 -- the only 1:32 of the morning. He'll have company as defending champion Joao De Lucca of Louisville qualified second overall in 1:33.11.

De Lucca is hoping to become the first man to defend the 200 free title since Simon Burnett went back-to-back for Arizona in 2005 and 2006.

Georgia's Matias Koski (1:33.220), Texas' Clay Youngquist (1:33.23), Notre Dame's Frank Dyer (1:33.26) and Florida's Mitch D'Arrigo (1:33.56) also made their way into the A final out of prelims.

California's Will Hamilton (1:33.73), Stanford's Tom Kremer (1:33.74), Ohio State's Michael Disalle (1:33.76), Michigan's Connor Jaeger (1:33.80), Wyoming's Adam Kalms (1:33.98), California's Trent Williams (1:34.31) and Arizona's Matt Barber (1:34.34) raced their way into the B final along with USC's Carter.

Men's 100 breast
Arizona's Kevin Cordes seemed to take his relay disqualification in the 400 medley relay prelims a bit personally, as he scorched the 100-yard breaststroke prelims at the NCAA Division I Men's Championships with a stunning American, NCAA, U.S. Open record.

Cordes dropped a bomb on the crowd in attendance at Texas with a 23.95, 50.55 performance during prelims. That swim beat his own American, U.S. Open and NCAA record of 50.70 (24.42, 50.70) by a long shot with his 50 leadoff being just flatout amazing. There's little doubt Cordes will be winning his third straight 100 breast, to match Damir Dugonjic's three year run from 2009-11.

Michigan's Bruno Ortiz (52.04), California's Chuck Katis (52.14), Western Kentucky's Fabian Schwingenschlogl (52.24), Georgia's Nic Fink (52.37), Missouri's Sam Tierney (52.38) and Indiana's Cody Miller (52.42) finished second through seventh to cleanly make the A final.

Michigan's Richard Funk and Dartmouth's Nejc Zupan set up a swimoff with matching 52.44s. Funk went on to win the swimoff with a 51.76-52.65 win.

Florida's Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez (52.47), Alabama's Anton McKee (52.52), Louisville's Thomas Dhalia (52.56), Louisville's Kameron Chastain (52.59), Auburn's Michael Duderstadt (52.74), Florida's Matt Elliott (52.95) and Arizona's Brad Tandy (53.05) all earned team-scoring opportunities in the consolation heat.

Men's 100 back
Ryan Murphy, who cracked 45 seconds for the first time last night with a 44.91 in the medley relay, topped qualifying in the individual event with a time of 45.08. USC's Luca Spinazzola, meanwhile, snared the second seed in the finale with a 45.13 as the top two swimmers could challenge Ryan Lochte's NCAA record of 44.60 this evening.

West Virginia's Bryce Bohman (45.29), California's Tony Cox (45.42), Texas' Kip Darmody (45.60), Florida State's Pavel Sankovich (45.68), Stanford's David Nolan (45.73) and Penn State's Shane Ryan (45.75) qualified third through eighth. Nolan, the defending champion, cut it a bit close, but still managed to make his way into the A final.

Penn State's Nate Savoy (45.91), Indiana's James Wells (45.92), Texas' Aaron Gustafson (46.13), California's Jacob Pebley (46.16), Arizona's Mitchell Friedemann (46.25) and Tennessee's Sean Lehane (46.28) finished ninth through 14th to safely make the B final.

Auburn's Kyle Darmody, Georgia's Taylor Dale and Florida's Jack Blyzinskyj, however, set up a three-way swimoff with matching 46.36s. Blyzinskyj won the swimoff 46.48, while Dale pipped Darmody for the last spot, 46.75 to 46.90.

It was a big team event for the Golden Bears, going two up and one down in the dorsal event.

Men's 800 free relay
Arizona's Matt Barber (1:34.62), Thane Maudslien (1:35.72), Giles Smith (1:35.97) and Michael Meyer (1:35.83) posted the top time of the morning with a 6:22.14 with two more heats to be swum this evening in the timed final event.

After another trip to the video review booth, officials confirmed the 16th relay disqualification of the meet as Alabama lost its relay in the first heat due to a DQ.

Three-meter diving
Texas' Michael Hixon will be looking for the springboard sweep after topping three-meter diving qualifying this afternoon with 446.00 points. He won the one-meter last night, and could gain some valuable team points for Texas this evening as it hunts for Eddie Reese's 11th coaching title. Notably, that would tie him with Mike Peppe for the most men's coaching victories of all time.

Indiana's Darian Schmidt (426.30), Stanford's Kristian Ipsen (401.85), Arizona State's Riley McCormick (388.80), Tennessee's Mauricio Robles Rodriguez (388.55), Purdue's Layne Rogers (388.40), Miami's Zach Nees (386.20) and Virginia's JB Kolod (382.95) also will dive in the championship finale tonight.

Auburn's John Santeiu (382.50), Purdue's Jamie Bissett (376.30), Virginia Tech's Ryan Hawkins (375.65), North Carolina's Jack Nyquist (372.55), Arizona's Rafael Quintero (368.40), Harvard's Michael Mosca (367.70), Indiana's Emad Abdelatif (364.65) and Missouri's Clark Thomas (363.85) will dive shortly after this session in the consolation finale.

The big story of diving prelims, however, is that defending Diver of the Year Nick McCrory of Duke pulled out of the three-meter competition after a few rounds due to undisclosed reasons. He could potentially miss the tower competition as well.

"Nick withdrew today due to precautionary reasons," Duke spokesperson Leslie Gaber told Swimming World. "He's going to be re-evaluated tomorrow before platform prelims."


Results: NCAA Division I Men's Championships: Day Two Prelims