MINNEAPOLIS -- Cal held off defending champion Texas to win its first men's NCAA swimming championship in 31 years Saturday night, with ex-Clovis West High standout Josh Daniels swimming a leg on the clinching relay.
Graeme Moore, Daniels, Tom Shields and Nathan Adrian secured the title by winning the 400-yard freestyle relay in 2 minutes, 47.39 seconds. Adrian also won the 100 freestyle in 41.10 seconds.
Cal finished second behind Texas last year, and didn't want to leave as runner-up again.
"I'm speechless really. I said it last year, we're going to be back," Daniels said. "I said we'll be back next year, and look where we are. That's a testament to the hard work we put in this year."
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Texas won two events but couldn't erase a 631/2-point deficit to win the team title. Cal finished with 493 points and Texas 4701/2. Stanford scored 403 points to claim third.
Texas sophomore Michael McBroom won the 1,650 freestyle in 14:32.86 to start the night. Texas took the lead by a half-point after Eric Friedland won the 200 breaststroke in 1:52.43.
One year after finishing first, but getting disqualified for an illegal one-handed touch on the first turn, Georgia's Mark Dylla won the 200 butterfly in 1:40.60. Arizona junior Cory Chitwood won the 200 backstroke in 1:38.34.
Duke's Nick McCrory scored 548.90 points to win his second straight platform diving title, denying Purdue's David Boudia's bid to become the first male to sweep all three diving events.
Cal Poly senior Peter Kline, the former Memorial High standout, shattered a school record in the 200 backstroke but fell short of advancing to the final. His time of 1 minute, 43.55 seconds in the prelims was the 21st-fastest clocking in the 38-swimmer field.
Auburn finished sixth in the team standings with help from senior Kohlton Norys (El Diamante). Norys swam the anchor leg of the Tigers' 400 free relay squad that finished second to Cal in 2:49.47. Norys was 20th in 200 back qualifying in 1:43.30.
USC was seventh overall, as junior co-captain Jeff Daniels (Clovis West) swam the third leg of the 400 free relay team that took third in a school-record 2:50.32.