Jan. 20, 2012
BERKELEY - The No. 6-ranked California men's swimming and diving team faced a talented Arizona squad that looked every bit as good as their No. 1-ranking as the Golden Bears fell to the top-ranked Wildcats, 191-107, Friday (Jan. 20) at Spieker Aquatics Complex. Cal did have some top swims however, as freshmen Adam Hinshaw, Will Hamilton and Tyler Messerschmidt won individual races, along with sophomore Jeremy Bagshaw, under heavy rains in Berkeley.
Arizona improved to 4-0 (2-0 in Pac-12) in dual meets, while Cal, the 2011 NCAA team champions, dropped to 2-1 overall and 1-1 in Pac-12 competition.
Adam Hinshaw, whose brother Ben is a junior on the Bears, captured the 1000 free in a time of 9:07.78, which just barely missed being among the school's all-time Top 10 list. Newcomer Will Hamilton, from Franklin, Mich. was the winner of the 200 fly with an NCAA B qualifying time of 1:46.39.
Freestyler Tyler Messerschmidt led a 1-2 finish by Cal in the 100 free. Messerschmidt, a native of Phoenix, Ariz., recorded a time of 45.02, edging out fellow Bear freshman Seth Stubblefield's (Plano, Texas) 45.09.
Sophomore Bagshaw captured the 500 free in a time of 4:27.03 to give David Durden's squad its fourth win by an underclassman.
In diving, freshman Thomas Selby was second on the three-meter board with a score of 344.03, trailing only Arizona's Benjamin Grado's 377.18. Selby was also the Bears' top finisher on the one-meter board with a third-place finish (283.58).
"Arizona was really sharp and just out swam us today," said Durden. "We will study all our races, learn from them, and look to get better in the next couple of months. We will take this meet and pull together as a team. We have been disappointed in losing dual meets in the past and have worked hard not to let it happen again. But sometimes meets like this enable you to work on things that will help you improve and contend for a national title."
The Bears will continue Pac-12 competition Saturday, Jan. 21 when they host Arizona State on Senior Day at 12 p.m. at Spieker Aquatics Complex. Cal will be honoring six senior swimmers (Mathias Gydesen, Isaac Howell, Nolan Koon, Martin Liivamagi, Chris Rogers, Mark Prior)and one senior diver (Andreas Santucci).