Oct. 7, 2009
BERKELEY, CALIF. -
Fri./Sat. Oct. 9/10 vs. Hawaii/Pacific, Spieker Aquatics, Berkeley, Calif. 1 p.m.
The California men's swimming and diving team, featuring 2009 NCAA champions Nathan Adrian and Damir Dugonjic, opens the 2009-10 season with 1 p.m. home dual meets against Hawaii on Friday, Oct. 9, and Pacific on Saturday, Oct. 10. The Golden Bears divers, led by first-year coach Ben Herdt, will make their season debut Friday versus the Rainbows. Third-year Cal head swim coach David Durden has another talented squad, not only including juniors Adrian and Dugonjic, but six fellow 2009 All-Americans - senior Sean Mahoney, juniors Martti Aljand, Guy Barnea, Josh Daniels and Graeme Moore, and sophomore Nolan Koon.
2008-09 in Review:
The Bears placed fourth (350 points) at the 2009 NCAA championships in College Station, Texas. Adrian captured the NCAA 100 free in an American record time of 41.08 and the 50 free in an American record 18.71. Joining Adrian as national champ was Dugonjic, who won the 100-yard breast in an NCAA-record 50.86.
Other highlights were Mahoney placing second in the 200 breast in1:52.34. Mahoney had set an then-NCAA record with a 1:51.96 in the morning prelims. In the 100 back, David Russell was second, breaking his own school record of 45.42 with a time of 45.30. Cal's 200 medley relay team of Barnea, Dugonjic, Moore and Adrian placed second with an NCAA-record 1:22.50, while the 400 medley relay of Russell, Dugonjic, Moore and Adrian swam a new school record 3:01.69, narrowly missing a national title as they were edged by Auburn's 3:01.39.
At the 2009 conference meet, Cal had Pac-10 champions in the 50, 100 and 200 free (Adrian is the first Cal swimmer to win all three of those freestyle events at the Pac-10 meet), in the 200 IM (Aljand), the 100 breast (Dugonjic), the 200 breast (Koon), the 400 medley relay (3:03.30; Russell, Dugonjic, Moore, Adrian) and the 200 medley relay (1:23.98; Russell, Dugonjic, Moore, Bennett Clark). The Bears won eight Pac-10 crowns in 2009 after winning six conference titles in 2008, when they also placed second at the meet.
Adrian, Mahoney, Russell Named to U.S. National Team:
In August, Adrian, Mahoney and former standout Russell were named to the USA Swimming 2009-2010 National Team. Swimmers were selected based upon times swum in 2009 at the ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships, the U.S. Open, the World University Games and the FINA World Championships.
Adrian has the second-fastest U.S. times in the 50 (21.46 at World Championships) and 100-meter (48.00 at World Championship Trials) freestyle. He swam the anchor leg (46.79) of the United States' July 26 gold medal-winning 400-meter free relay at the 2009 FINA World Championships in Rome. Adrian earlier had captured the 50 and 100-meter freestyle at the ConocoPhillips National Championships in July. He was a 2008 Olympic gold medalist as a member of the United States' 400-meter freestyle relay team in Beijing and was the 2009 Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year.
Mahoney owns the United States' second-fastest time in the 200-meter breast (2:09.70), swam at the World University Games. Russell, who swam for the Bears from 2006-09, qualified for the U.S. National Team after producing a time of 53.89 in the 100-meter back at the World Championship Trials. He is Cal's school record-holder in both the 100 (45.50) and 200-yard (1:40.36) back.
Head Coach David Durden:
David Durden is in his third season at Cal, owing a 11-4 (.733) dual meet record with back-to-back Pac-10 second-place finishes at the conference meet and two fourth-place finishes at the NCAA championships. Durden joined the Golden Bears in 2007 upon the retirement of Hall of Fame coach Nort Thornton, who is now Head Coach Emeritus. Durden has coached 16 All-Americans at Cal, including 2009 NCAA champions Nathan Adrian (50 and 100 free) and Damir Dugonjic (100 breast), plus 2009 NCAA runner-ups - the 200 and 400 medley relays, David Russell (100 back) and Sean Mahoney (200 breast).