This Year in Pac-12 Men's Swimming and Diving
SAN FRANCISCO - Pac-12 men’s swimming & diving teams had another dominant year in the pool, setting multiple new records while adding to the trophy case with national individual titles. Four teams earned top-16 finishes at the 2016 NCAA Championships with CALIFORNIA who led the way in second place and earned a top-two finish for the seventh-straight year. Pac-12 swimmers and divers collected 46 (17 first-team honorees, 29 second-team honorees). For the sixth-straight year, the CSCAA Division I Men's Swimmer of the Year belongs to a Pac-12 student-athlete.
CALIFORNIA’s Ryan Murphy took home CSCAA Division I Men's Swimmer of the Year and Pac-12 Men’s Swimmer of the Year accolades for the second-straight year while his teammate Andrew Seliskar was voted Pac-12 Men’s Swimming Freshman/Newcomer of the Year and their coach David Durden was selected as Men’s Swimming Coach of the Year. ARIZONA’s Rafael Quintero took home Men’s Diver of the Year while UTAH’s Connor Cain was voted Men’s Diving Freshman/Newcomer of the Year and USC’s Hongping Li was selected as Men’s Diving Coach of the Year.
Pac-12 men’s swimming and diving teams competed at the 2016 NCAA Championships, held at the McAuley Aquatic Center hosted by Georgia Tech. CALIFORNIA (351) earned a runner-up finish while USC (117) took 13th place, STANFORD (112.5) finished in 14th and ARIZONA (87) ended up in 16th place overall. UTAH finished with nine points in a tie for 35th place and ARIZONA STATE tied for 44th place with 2 points. Collectively, Conference swimmers and divers totaled three NCAA individual titles, all of which came from the Golden Bears. Josh Prenot claimed the 400 yard individual medley title with a pool-record time of 3:35.82. One day after setting the American, NCAA and U.S. Open record with a 43.51-second backstroke leg in the 400 medley relay, Ryan Murphy broke his own record in the 100 yard backstroke with a time of 43.49. Murphy broke his own American, NCAA and U.S. Open record in the 200 yard backstroke as well with a winning time of 1:35.73. Quintero, a member of Puerto Rico's 2016 Rio Olympic team, earned two runner-up finishes at the NCAA Championships. The senior scored 482.30 on the platform and finished with a score of 438.40 in the one-meter competition.
The 2016 Pac-12 Championship saw another record-breaking year, with Stanford winning its first league crown since 2012 and its 32nd overall. The Cardinal scored 808 points to beat USC’s 700 points in second place. Depth was a key factor in Stanford winning the title, earning top-three finishes in 12 of the 18 swimming events and each of the three diving events. The Cardinal claimed three individual swimming championships, two of which came on Saturday night with sophomore Liam Egan winning the 1,650 freestyle in 14:44.85 and sophomore Sam Perry taking the 100-yard freestyle in 42.72. Perry also won the 50-yard freestyle on Thursday in 19.30. Seliskar was honored as the Swimmer of the Meet after winning three individual titles and three relay titles at the 2016 Pac-12 Championships. Seliskar's titles came in the 200-yard butterfly, 200-yard individual medley, 400-yard individual medley, 400-yard freestyle relay, 800-yard freestyle relay and the 400-yard medley relay.