Feb. 16, 2011
BERKELEY - Sat. Feb. 19 vs. Stanford, Spieker Aquatics Complex, Berkeley 1 p.m.
The No. 1-ranked California men's swimming and diving team (4-0, 3-0 Pac-10); which in 2009-10 placed second at the NCAA championships with three individual champions (Nathan Adrian 100 free, Damir Dugonjic 100 breast, Tom Shields 100 fly) and four relay titles (200 and 400 free, 200 and 400 medley); wraps up its 2011 Pac-10 dual meet schedule Saturday (Feb. 19, 1 p.m.) versus No. 2 Stanford in the Big Meet at Spieker Aquatics Complex. Earlier, the Golden Bears jumped from a No. 4 to a No. 1 national ranking as a result of a 174.5-123.5 victory at then No. 2-ranked Arizona Jan. 22. Cal has also topped ASU (152-135), USC (160-133) and Cal State Bakersfield (113-83) this season. Shields has been especially impressive, winning the 200 free, 200 fly and 100 fly versus the Wildcats, and the 200 free, 200 back and 100 fly versus the Trojans, while earning Pac-10 Swimmer of the Month for January. Fourth-year head coach David Durden, the 2010 Pac-10 and NCAA Coach of the Meet, has another talented squad that not only includes seniors Adrian and Dugonjic and sophomore standout Shields (2010 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year), but three other NCAA relay champions (seniors Guy Barnea, Graeme Moore, Josh Daniels) and six additional 2010 All-Americans - senior Martti Aljand, juniors Mathias Gydesen, Martin Liivamagi, Nolan Koon and Robert Sullivan, and sophomore Ben Hinshaw.
Golden Bears Looking to Upend Cardinal:
The Bears, ranked No. 1 for the first time since Durden took over the coaching reins in 2007, hosts No. 2-ranked Stanford in Cal's final home meet Saturday. The Bears feature two-time defending NCAA champions Adrian (100 free) and Dugonjic (100 breast), while the Cardinal have junior Chad La Tourette, the defending 2010 NCAA champ in the 1,650 free (14:42.87). Cal will be striving to defeat Stanford in dual meet competition for the first time since Feb. 19, 2005 when it topped the Cardinal, 129-114, at Spieker Aquatics Complex. Currently, the Bears have automatic NCAA qualifiers in the 50 and 100 free (Adrian, 19.05 - nation's top time, 41.35), in the 200 fly (Shields, 1:42.79) and the 200 medley relay (1:25.39, Gydesen, Koon, Shields, Adrian). Cal has 34 additional times that are NCAA B qualifiers, including the four other relays. Last season, Stanford defeated the Bears, 123.5-119.5, at the Avery Aquatics Center, but Cal was second at the 2010 NCAA meet with 469.5 points, compared to Stanford's fourth-place finish with 369 points.
2009-10 in Review/2011 Prospectus:
At the 2010 NCAA championships, the Bears won at least one national title each of the three days on their way to seven championships and a runner-up team finish. Cal captured the 200 free relay (1:15.71, Adrian, Moore, Daniels, Barnea) to open the meet and then placed first in the 400 medley relay (3:02.83, Barnea, Dugonjic, Shields, Adrian) to wrap-up day one. The Bears added three more titles in day two with Shields' victory in the 100 fly in school record 44.91, Dugonjic's repeat title in the 100 breast (51.65) and a win in the 200 medley relay (1:23.08, Barnea, Dugonjic, Moore, Daniels). On day three Adrian repeated as national champion in the 100 free (41.50) and Cal's 400 free relay team (Moore, Daniels, Shields, Adrian) won the meet's final event (2:48.78). The Bears' second place NCAA finish was the best for Cal since it was runner-up in 1986 with Matt Biondi. The Bears' four NCAA relay titles were also the most in school history. Cal returns 12 of 14 All-Americans from last season, including all members of the national champion 200, 400 free and 200 and 400 medley relays, plus junior Liivamagi, who was the 2010 Pac-10 champion in the 200 IM and owns the school-record with a time of 1:43.05.
Head Coach David Durden:
David Durden is in his fourth season at Cal, owning a 20-6 (.769) dual meet record, three-straight Pac-10 second-place finishes and a runner-up finish at the 2010 NCAA championships. Durden was both the 2010 Pac-10 Coach of the Year and NCAA Coach of the Meet. He mentored three individual national champions (Nathan Adrian 100 free, Damir Dugonjic 100 breast, Tom Shields 100 fly) and four relay national titles (200 and 400 free relays, 200 and 400 medley relays). Durden joined the Golden Bears in 2007 upon the retirement of Hall of Fame coach Nort Thornton, who is now Head Coach Emeritus.