(From left to right) Adam Chaney, Macguire McDuff, Josh Liendo and Eric Friese break NCAA 200 free relay record on day 2 of NCAA Champs (photo courtesy of floridagators.com)

Gator Men’s Swimming Shatters 14-year old NCAA Record

The Florida men’s swim team broke a 14-year old record on the second night of men’s NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.ย  The Gators’ 200 freestyle relay team of Josh Liendo, Adam Chaney, Eric Friese and Macguire McDuff shattered the NCAA, US Open, Meet, School and Pool record.

The over a decade-long record was previously set by Auburn in 2009. The Gators almost broke the record at SEC Championships, coming up 0.08 seconds short. Heading into the night, the Gators were primed to finally take the record, beating it by 0.73 of a second.

Liendo led off the the relay, splitting an 18.22. Liendo and Tennessee’s Jordan Crooks were both first off the wall but Liendo was first to touch, giving Florida the lead. Chaney was off the blocks next and split an 18.37, a far better time than his individual 50 free event from the morning’s prelims. Shooting off for the key leg was Friese, keeping Florida’s lead with an 18.62. McDuff anchored the relay and had California on his tail off the blocks. It didn’t matter though because McDuff slammed into the wall at an impressive 18.12 to secure the win.

The relay team earned All-American honors for their historic swim.

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