Cal wins 2nd straight NCAA swim championship

TIM BOOTH AP Sports Writer Published:

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. (AP) -- California won its second straight NCAA men's swimming and diving championship on Saturday night by outlasting Texas and clinching the victory with a 1-2 finish in the 200-yard butterfly.

California freshman Will Hamilton upset teammate and NCAA record holder Tom Shields to win the 200 fly that gave the Golden Bears an insurmountable lead with two events remaining. It's the fourth title in school history for the Bears, after barely holding off the Longhorns a year ago. California finished with 535.5 points, while Texas was second with 491 and Stanford was third with 426.5.

The final night of competition got off to a blazing start when Georgia's Martin Grodzki and Stanford's chad LaTourette dueled in the 1,650 freestyle. Both finished under record time with Grodzki winning in 14:24.08 to set championship and U.S. Open records. LaTourette's time of 14:24.35 set an American record.