LONG BEACH, California, March 6. ANOTHER American record took a fall at the Pacific 10 Championships as Stanford's Austin Staab scorched the men's 100-yard fly event. Meanwhile, California's Damir Dugonjic shot down the NCAA and U.S. Open record in the 100-yard breast. Dugonjic later teamed up with his fellow Golden Bears to break the NCAA record in the 400-yard medley relay.
Staab clocked a time of 44.69 to break the American standard of 44.72 set by Ian Crocker back in 2004.
The NCAA and U.S. Open record of 44.57 remained in the books as set by Arizona's Albert Subirats at the 2007 NCAA Championships.
Meanwhile, Dugonjic followed with a lightning fast NCAA and U.S. Open record in the 100-yard breast. He completed the swim in 51.41 to beat the previous standard of 51.56 set by Northwestern's Mike Alexandrov at the 2007 NCAA Championships. Alexandrov's time will remain as the American standard.
California then turned around to shoot down the NCAA record in the 400-yard medley relay. David Russell (46.29), Dugonjic (50.92), Graeme Moore (45.24) and Nathan Adrian (40.85) ripped off a time of 3:03.30 to set the record. Northwestern's Matt Grevers, Alexandrov, Kyle Bubolz and Bruno Barbic held the previous standard with a 3:04.04 posted during the 2007 NCAA Championships.
The American and U.S. Open record of 3:02.94 still stands as set by Longhorn's Aaron Peirsol, Brendan Hansen, Crocker and Neil Walker back in 2006.