April 7, 2011
BERKELEY - The honors continue to roll in for Nathan Adrian and David Durden with the Pac-10 Conference naming the senior swimmer its Pac-10 Co-Swimmer of the Year and tabbing Durden as the Pac-10 Coach of the Year, conference commissioner Larry Scott announced on Thursday. Both won Pac-10 kudos for the second time - Durden repeated as the conference's top coach, while Adrian added to his 1999 award.
Adrian shares his 2011 honor with Stanford's Austin Staab. The conference named USC's Vladimir Morozov its 2011 Pac-10 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year.
Durden, in his fourth season at Cal, led the Bears to a 4-1 (3-1 in the Pac-10) dual-meet record and a second-place finish in the conference meet this season before bringing the program its third national championship. Individually, Durden captured the College Swimming Coaches Association of America Swimming Coach of the Championships award at NCAAs. In his previous three years at the helm of the Cal team, Durden led the Bears to a runner-up finish (2010) and two fourth-place finishes (2008-09) at NCAAs and to three second-place finishes at Pac-10s (2008-10). He garnered the NCAA Coach of the Year award in 2010.
At the 2011 Pac-10 Championships, the Bears won nine titles - 50- and 100-yard freestyles (Adrian), 100 breaststroke (senior Damir Dugonjic), 100 back (sophomore Tom Shields), 100 butterfly (Shields), 200 breaststroke (junior Nolan Koon), 400-free relay (senior Graeme Moore, senior Josh Daniels, Shields and Adrian), 200-medley relay (senior Guy Barnea, Dugonjic, Moore and Adrian) and 400-medley relay (junior Mathias Gydesen, Dugonjic, Shields and Adrian). Shields also garnered the Pac-10 Swimmer of the Meet honor.
At 2011 NCAAs, Durden's squad collected seven titles - 50 and 100 frees (Adrian), 100 back (Shields), 100 breast (Dugonjic), 400-free relay (Moore, Daniels, Shields and Adrian), 200-medley relay (Barnea, Dugonjic, Moore and Adrian) and 400-medley relay (Barnea, Dugonjic, Shields and Adrian).
Since NCAAs ended, Adrian also garnered distinction with his first Pac-10 Winter Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. The award honors collegiate student-athletes who are standouts both academically and in their sports discipline. A public health major with a 3.75 grade-point average, Adrian was one of six conference student-athletes who earned this recognition for the 2010-11 winter season.
In the pool, Adrian claimed several laurels at NCAAs, including the CSCAA Swimmer of the Championships award. He posted an American-, school- and pool-record time of 18.66 to win the 50 freestyle, which was his second in the sprint; he also won in 2009. Adrian swam to his third straight NCAA 100-yard freestyle title with a pool-record time of 41.10.
He anchored all three of Cal's winning relays at NCAAs, in which the Bears repeated as the 200-medley relay champs with a pool-record time of 1:23.12, repeated as the 400-medley champs with a pool-record time of 3:02.28 and set a school record of 2:47.39 with its repeat win in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Adrian also garnered All-America distinction in the 100 butterfly with an eighth-place finish (46.20) and in the 200-free relay with a second-place finish (1:15.34).
The celebrated Adrian has collected several international accolades with the U.S. national team, capped off by the 2008 Olympic gold medal he won as part of the United States' 400-meter freestyle relay.
Through his success in the classroom, Adrian earned 2010 CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine All-Academic All-America honors and first-team Pac-10 All-Academic status from 2009-10. He also earned CoSIDA District 8 All-Academic status in 2009.