Nov. 11, 2009
BERKELEY, CALIF. - The California men's swimming team performed extremely well in its Triple-Distance Meet versus Stanford Wednesday, Nov. 11 at Spieker Aquatics Complex. Junior Nathan Adrian (sprint freestyle), sophomores Nolan Koon (breaststroke) and Martin Liivamagi (IM) and freshman Tom Shields (butterfly) won their specialty groups, while the Golden Bears captured 11 of the meet's 18 individual events and placed first in the 200 medley and 200 free relays as well. Adrian, the 2009 NCAA champion in the 50 and 100 free, also set a new Spieker Aquatics Complex record in the 50 free with a time of 19.19, topping the old record of 19.39 set by Stanford's Ben Wildman-Tobriner on Feb. 10, 2007.
In a Triple-Distance Meet, athletes divide into specialty groups and compete with one another in three races to determine a specialty champion in each of swimming's six event domains: sprinters (50, 100, 200 free), distance swimmers (200, 500, 1000 free), butterflyers (50, 100, 200 butterfly), breaststrokers (50, 100, 200 breaststroke), backstrokers (50, 100, 200 backstroke) and individual medlyists (100, 200, 400 IM).
In individual races, Adrian not only set the Spieker Aquatics Complex record in the 50 free, but won the 100 free (42.77) and 200 free (1:41.54). Koon had an impressive win in the 200 breast (2:02.36), while Shields defeated defending NCAA champ Austin Staab in the 100 fly (48.57). Liivamagi captured the 100 IM (50.28), 200 IM (1:49.49) and 400 IM (3:59.75). Junior Damir Dugonjic, the defending NCAA champion in the 100 breast, won the meet's 50 breast (25.07) and 100 breast (55.52).
The other individual event winner for the Bears was freshman Nick Trowbridge in the 200 free (1:41.37). Cal placed first in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:28.55 behind swims by junior Guy Barnea, Dugonjic, junior Graeme Moore and junior Josh Daniels. The Bears' 200 free relay squad of senior Peter Davis, Adrian, junior Alex Cushing and Shields placed first with a time of 1:20.83.