NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships: Arizona Downs American Record to Win 200 Medley Relay

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FEDERAL WAY, Washington, March 23. ARIZONA commenced the second night of competition in a big way with an American record time in the men's 200 medley relay at the NCAA Division I Men's Championships.

The quartet of Mitchell Friedemann (21.28), Kevin Cordes (23.25), Giles Smith (20.22) and Adam Small (18.78) turned in a 1:23.53. That swim bettered the American record of 1:23.97 set by Texas' Scott Jostes, Agustin Magruder, Hill Taylor and Jimmy Feigen in 2009, but is short of the NCAA and U.S. Open standard of 1:22.36 set by Auburn also in 2009. The victory gave Arizona its third win all time in the event. Todd Newman, Robert Abernethy, Seth Pepper and Mike McQuitty won in 1993, while Albert Subirats, Dave Rollins, Lyndon Ferns and Simon Burnett picked up the 2006 title.

California's Mathias Gydesen (21.67), Martin Liivamagi (23.61), Tom Shields (19.80) and Tyler Messerschmidt (18.83) placed second in 1:23.91, while Auburn's Kyle Owens (21.24), Stuart Ferguson (24.04), Marcelo Chierighini (20.36) and Karl Krug (19.08) touched third in 1:24.70.

Texas (1:24.73), Stanford (1:25.14), Michigan (1:25.30), Louisville (1:25.92) and Penn State (1:26.15) also competed in the finale.

Ohio State's foursome of Andrew Elliott, Keanu Stevenson, Lincoln Fahrbach and Jason Schnur won the B final in 1:25.80, while Southern California took second in 1:26.33. Princeton (1:26.80), Texas A&M (1:27.18), Indiana (1:27.54), Florida (1:27.68) and North Carolina (1:31.06) also completed swims in the consolation heat. Virginia drew a disqualification.

California pushed its leading tally to 191.5 points, while Stanford stood second with 168 points. Texas (158.5), Arizona (158) and Auburn (138.5) rounded out the top five.

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