California won both relays on the opening night of the NCAA men’s swimming and diving championships, as well as an individual title by sophomore Marcin Tarczynski in the 200-yard individual medlay, to take an early lead over Stanford, 157.5 to 140 points. Last year’s runner-up, Texas, sits in third with 128.5 points.
Senior Eric Friedland (Walter Johnson/RMSC) earned a silver medal on Texas’s 200 medley relay. Friedland split 52.15 seconds in the breaststroke to help the Longhorns to a finishing time of 3 minutes 5.68 seconds. Cal won in 3:03.24.
Also in the final heat, junior Sean Fletcher (Madison/Curl-Burke) swam the butterfly leg for Michigan’s sixth-place relay, which finished in 3:08.25. His split of 45.43 was the second fastest in the heat. Fletcher also swam on Michigan’s 10th place 200-yard freestyle relay, where he split a 19.41.
Virginia Tech junior Logan Shinholser (Paint Branch/Montgomery Dive Club) was seventh on the 1-meter board with a score of 355.35.
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