California Wins Fourth 400 Medley Relay Title in Five Years

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AUSTIN, Texas, March 27. THE California Golden Bears closed out an amazing day of swimming with their fourth men’s 400-yard medley relay win in five years at the NCAA Division I Men’s Championships.

The foursome of Ryan Murphy (44.91), Chuck Katis (50.46), Marcin Tarczynski (45.43) and Seth Stubblefield (41.86) turned in a swift time of 3:02.66. That performance downed a historic pool record of 3:02.94 previously owned by the dynamic Texas quartet of Aaron Peirsol, Brendan Hansen, Ian Crocker and Neil Walker.

Florida’s Corey Main (46.21), Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez (52.10), Marcin Cieslak (44.65) and Bred deBorde (41.81) picked up second place honors, just edging Texas’ Kip Darmody (45.27), Imri Ganiel (52.79), Tripp Cooper (44.47) and Caleb Weir (42.26) as the Longhorns took third in 3:04.79.

Georgia (3:05.50), USC (3:05.91), Florida State (3:06.33), Michigan (3:07.61) and Alabama (3:07.68) closed out the championship finale.

Louisville (3:07.12), NC State (3:07.38), Indiana (3:08.02), Missouri (3:08.08), Penn State (3:08.40), Tennessee (3:09.74) and UNLV (3:09.78) comprised the clean finishes in the consolation heat with ninth through 15th-place efforts.

Ohio State’s relay became the 14th relay disqualification in just the first day in what has been a huge storyline of the meet thus far. Although, it was the first due to a 15-meter infraction by backstroker Garrett Trebilcock and not due to a relay exchange.

Earlier during prelims, six relays were disqualified due to exchanges, including title contender Arizona and their amazing breaststroker Kevin Cordes. Cordes jumped early, but had posted a 49.95 breaststroke split.

Splits
1 California 3:06.49 3:02.66 40
1) Ryan Murphy FR 2) r:+0.16 Chuck Katis JR
3) r:+0.36 *Marcin Tarczynski SR 4) r:+0.30 Seth Stubblefield JR
21.61 44.91 (44.91)
1:08.20 (23.29) 1:35.37 (50.46)
1:56.24 (20.87) 2:20.80 (45.43)
2:40.68 (19.88) 3:02.66 (41.86)
2 Florida 3:05.47 3:04.77 34
1) Corey Main SO 2) r:+0.30 *Eduardo Solaeomez JR
3) r:+0.36 *Marcin Cieslak SR 4) r:+0.30 Bradley Deborde SR
22.45 46.21 (46.21)
1:10.47 (24.26) 1:38.31 (52.10)
1:59.06 (20.75) 2:22.96 (44.65)
2:42.68 (19.72) 3:04.77 (41.81)
3 Texas 3:05.54 3:04.79 32
1) Kip Darmody JR 2) r:+0.25 *Imri Ganiel FR
3) r:+0.08 Tripp Cooper JR 4) r:+0.35 Caleb Weir SR
22.01 45.27 (45.27)
1:09.55 (24.28) 1:38.06 (52.79)
1:58.20 (20.14) 2:22.53 (44.47)
2:42.35 (19.82) 3:04.79 (42.26)

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

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Author: Jason Marsteller

Jason Marsteller is the general manager of digital properties at Swimming World. He joined Swimming World in June 2006 as the managing editor after previous stints as a media relations professional at Indiana University, the University of Tennessee, Southern Utah University and the Utah Summer Games.

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