Feb. 29, 2012
Wed.-Sat., Feb. 29-March 3 at 2012 Pac-12 Championships, East Los Angeles College Swim Center, Monterey Park, Calif. All Day
The No. 6 Cal men's swimming team (4-2, 3-2) - the 2011 NCAA team champions - competes at the 2012 Pac-12 Swimming Championships this week (Wed.-Sat., Feb. 29-March 3) at the East Los Angeles College Swim Center in Monterey Park (click http://www.socalswim.org/htresults/2012MensPac12/ for Pac-12 Swim Championship live results). The Golden Bears are looking to snap Stanford's streak of 30 straight conference team titles. The last school to win the conference meet besides Stanford was Cal in 1980 and 1981. The Bears feature 10 returning All-Americans from their 2011 national championship squad. Junior Tom Shields is a six-time NCAA champ, winning the 100 fly as a freshman to go with his 100 back title as a sophomore, and has been on national champion 400 free and 400 medley (butterfly leg) relays the last two years. He was the 2010 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and the 2011 Pac-10 Swimmer of the Meet. Shields is the school record-holder in the 200 free (1:32.75), 100 back (45.02), 100 fly (44.78) and 200 fly (1:40.31). Other top returners are senior Nolan Koon, the 2009 and 2011 Pac-10 champion in the 200 breast, and the 2011 national runner-up in 100 breast; and senior Martin Liivamagi, who won the 2010 Pac-10 title in the 200 IM, and is the school record-holder in the 200 (1:43.05) and 400 IM (3:43.55). The Bears were second at the 2011 Pac-10 meet (864 points) and had six individual champions (Nathan Adrian in the 50 and 100 free, Shields in the 100 back and 200 fly, Damir Dugonjic in the 100 breast and Koon in the 200 breast). Cal also won the 200 and 400 free, and 200 and 400 medley relays. The Bears own Pac-12 records in the 50 (18.66 Adrian) and 100 free (41.08 Adrian), the 100 breast (50.86 Dugonjic), the 200 breast (1:51.96 Sean Mahoney), the 200 fly (1:40.31 Shields), the 200 free relay (1:51.13), the 400 free relay (2:47.39), the 200 medley relay (1:22.50) and 400 medley relay (3:01.69).
Golden Bears to Date
Shields' time of 45.67 in the 100 fly this season is the fastest in the nation and automatically qualifies him for the 2012 NCAAs. He also has the third fastest time in the 200 fly (1:43.09), while Koon's 52.75 in the 100 breast is the fifth fastest this year and an NCAA automatic qualifier. Other NCAA consideration times for Cal include Shield's ninth fastest mark in the 200 free (1:34.79) and eighth fastest time in the 100 back (46.53). In the 200 breast, junior Trevor Hoyt has the nation's seventh fastest time (1:55.24). Koon's time of 1:56.18 in the 200 breast; Liivamagi's times in the 100 breast (53.25) and 200 IM (1:45.49); senior Mathias Gydesen's times in the 100 back (47.15) and100 fly (47.24); and freshman Adam Hinshaw time in the 1650 free (15:02.99) are all NCAA B Stanfords. Cal's 200 medley (1:26.23, sophomore Marcin Tarczynski, Liivamagi, Shields, freshman Fabio Gimondi) and 800 free (6:26.30, Shields, sophomore Sam Metz, junior Ben Hinshaw, freshman Will Hamilton), and 200 free (1:18.28, freshman Tyler Messerschmidt, sophomore Shayne Fleming, Gimondi, junior Dana Foster) relays are also among the nation's best. The Bears have 52 times that are NCAA B Standards, including all five relays.
2010-11 in Review
Last March in Minneapolis, coach David Durden led the Bears to their first NCAA team title since 1980 (31 years) with a 493 to 470.5 margin over second place Texas. At the 2011 NCAAs, Durden's squad earned seven titles - the 50 and 100 frees (senior Adrian), the 100 back (sophomore Shields), the 100 breast (senior Dugonjic), the 400 free relay (Graeme Moore, Josh Daniels, Shields and Adrian), the 200 medley relay (Guy Barnea, Dugonjic, Moore and Adrian) and the 400 medley relay (Barnea, Dugonjic, Shields and Adrian).
Head Coach David Durden
David Durden is in his fifth season at Cal, leading the Bears to the 2011 NCAA team title and owning a 24-9 (.727) dual meet record. Durden was both the 2010 and 2011 Pac-10 Coach of the Year and NCAA Coach of the Meet. In 2011, he mentored four individual national champions (Nathan Adrian 50 and 100 free, Damir Dugonjic 100 breast, Tom Shields 100 back) and three relay national titles (400 free relay, 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.