Cal leads Texas, Stanford

Updated: March 25, 2011, 11:54 PM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- It's been 31 years since California won an NCAA men's swimming title and Damir Dugonjic believes it's about time for another one.

Cal won three events to take a commanding 63½-point lead at the NCAA men's swimming championships Friday night.

Dugonjic became a three-time champion in the 100-yard breastroke with a time of 50.94 seconds on the second day of the meet. Tom Shields won the 100 backstroke in 45.02 seconds.

The Golden Bears 200 medley relay team of Guy Barnea, Graeme Moore, Nathan Adrian and Dugonjic took first in 1:23.12 to start the night.

"I think we're the best team here," Dugonjic said. "We're swimming like we're supposed to. I think it can happen. I'm not going to say for sure, but we got a shot."

The crowd at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center roared when Dan Kuch -- still dressed in his tuxedo -- dived in the pool after playing the final note of the national anthem on his trumpet.

After that, it was Cal fans doing most of the cheering as their team took the lead.

Texas, the defending champion, is second with 288.5 points and Stanford is third with 278.5.

Purdue's David Boudia won the three-meter diving event with a score of 472.30. He won the one-meter on Thursday and can sweep all three diving events with a win in the platform on Saturday.

"The platform's my favorite event. It's the one I train for most," said Boudia, who now has six career NCAA titles. "I'm just going to go in relaxed and having fun. There's not much else I can do."

It will be the last dive of Boudia's collegiate career. The junior said he will skip his senior season to train full-time for the 2012 Olympics in London.

Stanford's Austin Staab won the 100 butterfly in 44.69 seconds, the third title of his career.

Staab held off Shields, the defending champion, and thinks Stanford still has a shot at the team title.

"We're behind now, but tomorrow is our day," he said. "We can make a good run at them tomorrow."

Georgia senior Bill Cregar won the 400 individual medley in 3:40.97 and Florida's Brett Fraser took the 200 freestyle in 1:32.21.

Cregar came on strong in the race's final 100 yards to pull away from Michigan's Kyle Whitaker.

"It hurts to kick as hard as you can that last 100 yards, but I just put my head down and did it," Cregar said. "It's my strongest point of the race."

Florida's Conor Dwyer, Sebastien Rousseau, Jeffrey Raymond and Fraser won the 800 freestyle relay with a time of 6:14.39.


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