Texas had hoped to put a little more distance between themselves and the next two schools (on the left and right coasts). They'll take a six-point lead into the final day of the men's D-I championship.
The Longhorns will need some big move-ups and huge diving points today to stay in the hunt. Day 3 is projected to be a big one for both Florida and Cal.
Here are the top ten teams after Day 2:
Southern California 140
Florida State 96
Complete Day 2 Results
Eddie Reese on Day 2:
IM/Breast specialist Will Licon on his breakout 400 IM:
Springboard star Michael Hixon on taking 3m title:
Read what Swimming World's Jeff Commings has to say about crowd support for the meet here.
Those who make millions and sit in expensive offices on college campuses might be the ones who hold the cards in determining the fate of college swimming, but if they were to see how fervent swimming fans are (Nathan Adrian wore a bear suit tonight in support of his alma mater) they would never consider dropping this sport.
Where else can you find fans scribbling scores on scrap paper to find out where their team stands? That rarely happens at USA Swimming nationals, and team scores are not kept at the Olympics. High school teams care about this, but that's about it.
College swimming shows no sign of giving up. Yes, Vlad Morozov turned pro one year early. Michael Phelps never swam in a college race. And 14-year-old Michael Andrew passed up any chance to swim in college by going pro But we all know that Missy Franklin didn't want to pass up this opportunity. Natalie Coughlin swam for Cal all four years. Ryan Lochte didn't give up his eligibility, either. There's something unique about the college swimming experience, and the ringing in my ears from the roof-raising cheers reminds me of that.