March 1, 2012
MONTEREY PARK, CALIF. -
The Cal men's swim team had some solid performances during the second day of the 2012 Pac-12 championships Thursday night (March 1) at the East Los Angeles College Swim Center. Senior Martin Liivamagi was the runner-up (1:44.28, NCAA consideration) and sophomore Marcin Tarczynski was third (1:45.37) in the 200 IM, while the Golden Bears' young 200 free relay team of freshman Tyler Messerschmidt, sophomore Shayne Fleming, freshman Seth Stubblefield and freshman Fabio Gimondi placed third with an NCAA consideration mark of 1:18.13.
Cal remained in second place at the conference championships with 257 points, trailing leader Stanford (324.5) by 67.5 points.
Other notable swims by the Bears included Messerschmidt finishing fourth (19.89 NCAA consideration) and Fleming eighth in the 50 free (20.07 NCAA consideration). Senior Nolan Koon added points for Cal with an eighth place finish in the 200 IM (1:47.37 NCAA consideration).
In the 500 free the Bears garnered points with freshman Adam Hinshaw's sixth place finish (4:19.71), sophomore Jeremy Bagshaw's seventh place (4:23.73) and sophomore Sam Metz's eighth place (4:25.04). Freshman Will Hamilton won the 500 free B Final as well with a time of 4:17.50. The four Cal distance freestylers all had NCAA consideration times and earned a combined 45 points for the Bears.
"We had some really nice 500's (freestyle), highlighted by Will Hamilton's 4:17 in the consolation heat," said Cal coach David Durden. "Our 200 IM's and 50's (free) highlighted some of our younger swimmers and four out of eight swims at the night (finals) coming from sophomores or freshmen. Today was our least amount of swims, so we are looking forward to the next two days."
On Wednesday night, Cal started off the Pac-12 championships by winning the meet's opening event, the 200 medley relay, behind the strong swims of senior Mathias Gydesen, Koon, junior Tom Shields and Fleming in an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 1:25.09.
The Bears finished third in Wednesday only other event, the 800 free relay. Cal's team of Shields, Messerschmidt, Metz and junior Ben Hinshaw swam an NCAA automatic time of 6:20.20, trailing only Stanford (6:18.99) and USC (6:19.71)
The Bears will continue the Pac-12 meet Friday competing in the prelims at 11 a.m. and the finals at 6 p.m. in the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back and 400 medley relay.
At last year's Pac-10 meet, Shields was the conference champion in the 100 back (45.65) and the 200 fly (1:40.31), and was a member of the league winning 200 free (anchor leg), 400 free (third leg) and 400 medley relays (butterfly leg). Koon was the Pac-10 champion in the 200 breast (1:54.42), while Gydesen swam the backstroke leg of the conference champion 400 medley relay.