Jan. 19, 2011
BERKELEY - Fri. Jan. 21 at Arizona State, Plummer Aquatic Center, Tempe, Ariz. 1 p.m.
Sat. Jan. 22 at Arizona, Hillenbrand Aquatic Center, Tucson, Ariz. 12 p.m.
The No. 4-ranked California men's swimming and diving team; 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); will open its 2011 Pac-10 dual meet schedule this Friday (Jan. 21, 1 p.m.) at Arizona State and Saturday (Jan. 22, 12 p.m.) at No. 2-ranked Arizona. The Golden Bears have had strong performances in a triple-distance meet versus Stanford and at the Short Course Nationals in November and December. 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 Face Formidable Wildcats Saturday
Cal will have a big challenge Saturday when it visits Arizona. In a battle between the No. 2 and No. 4-ranked teams in the country, the Bears feature two-time defending NCAA champions Adrian (100 free) and Dugonjic (100 breast), while the Wildcats have junior Cory Chitwood, the defending 2010 NCAA champ in the 200 back (1:39.29), and sophomore Carl Mickelson, defending 2010 Pac-10 champ in the 200 breast (1:54.96). At this point of the season, Adrian has the nation's top collegiate time in the 50 free (19.05) with Arizona's Adam Small is second (19.32), and Shields has the fastest time in the 100 fly (45.33) with Arizona junior Nimrod Shapira Bar-or second (46.44). Cal finished higher than Arizona in both the 2010 Pac-10 meet and 2010 NCAA championships (second compared to third), but has fallen to the Wildcats in each of the last four dual meets (Cal lost 157-141 in 2010 at Spieker Aquatics Complex). Arizona captured the NCAA team title in 2008.
2009-10 in Review/2011 Prospectus
At the 2010 NCAA championships, the Bears won at least one national title each of the meet's three days on their way to a total of 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 time (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). Finally, 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 competition's final event with a time of 2:48.78. The Bears' second place finish at the NCAA championships was the best finish for Cal since placing as the national runners-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. The Bears also feature freshman Marcin Tarczynski from Warsaw, Poland, who in short course meters has bests of 47.60 in the 100 free, 51.60 in the 100 fly, 53.47 in the 100 IM and 1:55.55 in the 200 IM.
Head Coach David Durden
David Durden is in his fourth season at Cal, owning a 16-6 (.727) 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.