Dec. 9, 2010
COLUMBUS, OHIO -
The No. 2-ranked California men's swimming program had some impressive swims during the 2010 Short Course Nationals, held Dec. 2-4 at the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio. Senior standout Nathan Adrian captured the 50-yard free title on Dec. 2 in a time of 19.00, while Adrian and sophomore Tom Shields were runners-up in the 100 free (Adrian 41.63), 100 fly (Shields 45.33) and 200 fly (Shields 1:42.79), respectively.
Cal's 200 medley relay team of junior Mathias Gydesen, junior Nolan Koon, Shields and senior Josh Daniels also placed second at the Short Course Nationals with a time of 1:25.39. In the 100 free final, Adrian was edged by Matt Grevers, 41.35 to 41.63, yet both swimmers broke the former meet record of 41.75 set by former Golden Bear swimmer Will Copeland in 2008. Copeland, who competed for Cal from 2005-08, was fourth in the 100 free (42.13) in 2010 and placed second to Adrian in the 50 free (19.21).
Another former Cal standout, David Russell (2006-09), was second in the 100 back (45.58) and fourth in the 200 back (1:41.53).
In other relay competition, the Bears placed third in the 800 free relay (6:29.26, Shields, freshman Jeremy Bagshaw, freshman Samuel Metz, sophomore Ben Hinshaw), third in the 400 free relay (2:56.51, Shields, Daniels, freshman Marcin Tarczynski, freshman Shayne Fleming), third in the 400 medley relay (3:11.11, Gydeson, Koon, Shields, Adrian) and third in the 200 free relay (1:18.81, Adrian, Daniels, junior Chris Rogers and senior Alex Cushing). As a team, Cal was third among college teams with 262.50 points.
Additional Bears making the Short Course Nationals' finals were junior Martin Liivamagi placing sixth in the 200 IM (1:45.67) and Gydesen finishing sixth in the 100 fly (47.45). Former Cal swimmer Dominik Meichtry (2005-08) was fifth in both the 200 (1:35.53) and 500 (4:18.36) free.
"It was good to see our guys race a lot of events over the three days," said Cal coach David Durden. "The sessions were longer than our collegiate run championships, but our team managed that change well and did a nice job. We got a little bit better as the meet went along, and it was nice to see our younger guys get some good relay experience."
The next team competition for the Bears will be Friday, Jan. 21 at 1 p.m. at Arizona State, and Saturday, Jan. 22 at 12 p.m. at Arizona. Cal, featuring 2010 NCAA champions Adrian (100 free), senior Damir Dugonjic (100 breast) and Shields (100 fly), are led by 2010 NCAA and Pac-10 Coach of the Year Durden. The Bears are also the defending NCAA champions in the 200 and 400 medley relays, and 200 and 400 free relays. Cal placed second to Texas at the 2010 NCAA meet, held at Ohio State's Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion.
Prior to the Short Course Nationals, Durden was interviewed on Swimming World's Morning Show about Cal's propects for the 2010-11 season, Durden's Nov. 29 Swimming World Interview.