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MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota, March 25. CALIFORNIA started off what should be a huge night for the Golden Bears with a sterling time in the 200-yard medley relay at the NCAA Division I Men's Championships.
Guy Barnea, Damir Dugonjic, Graeme Moore and Nathan Adrian clocked a blazing time of 1:23.12 for California's second straight win in the event. Previously, Cal had also claimed the 200 medley relay back in 2005.
Texas' Cole Cragin, Scott Spann, Woody Joye and Jimmy Feigen touched second in 1:24.13, giving the American record of 1:23.97 held by UT since 2009 a run. Auburn's Kyle Owens, Adam Klein, Adam Brown and Marcelo Chierighini finished third in 1:24.56.
Cal beat Texas by more than a second with a 1.02-second victory, but that came up short of the largest margin of victory in the event in NCAA history. Auburn holds that record with a 1.48-second triumph over Stanford, 1:23.37 to 1:24.85, back in 2007.
Arizona (1:24.71), Stanford (1:25.36), Florida (1:25.69), Ohio State (1:25.75) and Tennessee (1:25.88) completed the A final scoring.
UNLV's foursome of Davie Seiler, Andrew Morrell, Cody Roberts and Steven Nelms topped the B final with a 1:26.19, while Penn State took 10th overall in 1:26.31, while Minnesota finished 11th in 1:26.46. Southern California (1:26.61), Louisville (1:26.72), Michigan (1:26.73), Virginia (1:27.40) and Indiana (1:28.63) also scored points.
California took the lead with 174 points after the race, while Texas fell to second with 173 points. Stanford (164), Auburn (142.5) and Arizona (129) held third through fourth.
Top 10 Average Scoring Running Projections Heading into 800 Free Relay*:
California (315.125), Texas (266.25), Stanford (246.125), Arizona (206.5), Auburn (183.625), Florida (173.5), Virginia (116.75), USC (116.25), Michigan (97.125), Ohio State (89)
* Average Scoring Projections based on the average points allotted to an A finalist (14.75) and a B finalist (4.625). Double points for relays.
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