Michigan wins NCAA men’s title

The University of Michigan won its first NCAA men’s swimming and diving championship since 1995 on Saturday at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis.

Michigan held off two-time defending champion California for the win. Arizona was third. The Pac-12 had a strong showing with four teams finishing in the top 10. USC was fourth and Stanford seventh.

Southern California’s, Vlad Morozov swept the 50 and 100-yard freestyle events, broke the NCAA mark in the 100. Morozov, who earned a bronze medal at the London Olympics last year as a member of the 400 freestyle relay, finished in 40.76 seconds. The old record was held by Brazil’s Cesar Cielo from 2008 in 40.92.

Bremerton native, California alum, and Olympic gold medalist, Nathan Adrian, who was in attendance at the meet, still holds the American record of 41.08.

Morozov’s swim was just one of many for the meet; including Cal senior Tom Shields, who tied Michael Phelps 200 butterfly time; Arizona’s Kevin Cordes, who set an American record in the 200 breast in 1:48.68 and was named the Swimmer of the Year; and Andrew Teduits of Wisconsin gave the Badgers their first NCAA title since 1959 with a win in the 200 backstroke. Kristian Ipsen of Stanford was named the Diver of the Year.

In an interesting note, Nathan does have a tie to Michigan. His former coach from The Race Club in the Florida keys, Mike Bottom, is the head coach for the Wolverines. Bottom was named the NCAA coach of the year on Saturday.

Nathan trained with TRC and Bottom for a year leading up to the 2008 Olympic Trials where he qualified for his first Olympics.