Three runner-up finishes and an all-around team effort led the Stanford men's swimming team to a strong showing on Day 3 of the Texas Invitational at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.
"Today was another great effort with the amount of top-10 times in the nation we swam," said Goldman Family Director of Men's Swimming Ted Knapp. "We're very pleased with the amount of depth we have in several events."
The 400-yard individual medley was hotly-contested with the five fastest swimmers finishing within one second of each other. Curtis Ogren (3:42.04) was out-touched by .39 seconds to finish second.
Abrahm DeVine (3:42.15) was right there in third and Maxwell Williamson (3:42.53) rounded out the top four. Ogren, DeVine and Williamson all shaved at least four seconds off their morning times.
In the 200-yard freestyle, Grant Shoults (1:34.15) finished second with Liam Egan (1:35.22) in seventh and James Murphy (1:35.70) in eighth.
Shoults took more than one and a half seconds off his prelim time after making the final as a result of Tom Kremer withdrawing to focus on the 100-yard backstroke. Kremer's 1:34.66 was the second-fastest time in preliminaries.
Matt Anderson (53.24) was Stanford's lone representative in the 100-yard breaststroke final, improving his preliminary time to finish third.
Ryan Dudzinski (47.08) led the Cardinal in the 100-yard backstroke, finishing fifth. Patrick Conaton (47.11) was sixth and Kremer (47.33) took seventh. Stanford had a one-two finish in the B-final, with Benjamin Ho (47.58) out-touching Jack Walsh (47.68) for the win.
The quartet of Dudzinski, Anderson, Liang and Perry (1:25.58) ended the night on a high note for the Cardinal, finishing second in the 200-yard medley relay. Stanford's "B" team of Walsh, Ogren, Jimmy Yoder and Kremer (1:27.90) finished seventh.
The four-day meet, which has an environment similar to that of the Pac-12 and NCAA Championship meets, features hosts Texas, USC, Arizona, Brigham Young, Harvard, Denver and Oklahoma Baptist.
The Cardinal returns to action Saturday morning in preliminaries, beginning at 7 a.m. Events include the 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke, 200-yard butterfly and 1,650-yard freestyle. The evening session will also feature the 400-yard freestyle relay.