NCAA Division I Men’s Championships: California Dominates, Damir Dugonjic Clears 51 Again in 100 Breast

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota, March 25. WHILE Damir Dugonjic's U.S. Open and NCAA record of 50.86 has been in doubt since it occurred during the techsuit era in 2009, Dugonjic erased all doubt with a jammer-fueled sub-51 to win the 100-yard breaststroke at the NCAA Division I Men's Championships.

Dugonjic turned in the second-fastest effort of all time with a 50.94 for his third-straight triumph in the event. He won in 2009 (50.86) and 2010 (51.65). He now joins other three-time winners John Hencken of Stanford, Jeremy Linn of Tennessee and Richard Nelson of Michigan. Brendan Hansen of Texas and Steve Lundquist of SMU are the four-time winners.

Nolan Koon of California placed second in 51.63 to move to third all time in the event behind Mike Alexandrov's American record of 51.35 from December 2010. Louisville's Carlos Almeida earned third in 52.02 to take 10th all time, while California's Martti Aljand finished fourth in 52.24. Texas's Scott Spann (52.97), Stanford's Curtis Lovelace (52.97), Arizona's Kevin Munsch (53.07) and Minnesota's Ivan Gutesa (53.40) also scored in the A final.

Texas' Eric Friedland won the B final in 52.81 with Tennessee's Bradley Craig placing just behind with a 52.88. Stanford's John Criste (53.11), Louisville's Kameron Chastain (53.15), Ohio State's Elliott Keefer (53.22), California's Nicholas Ferrif (53.47), Auburn's Adam Klein (53.82) and Arizona's Kelley Wyman (53.86) completed the B final.

California pushed its leading total to 295 points, while Stanford remained second with 242.5 points. Texas (239.5), Arizona (167) and Florida (159) stood third through fifth.

Top 10 Average Scoring Running Projections Heading into 800 Free Relay*:
California (319), Texas (270), Stanford (247.125), Arizona (201.125), Auburn (181), Florida (173.75), USC (115.75), Virginia (111), Michigan (105), Ohio State (85)

* 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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