Feb. 1, 2011
BERKELEY - Fri. Feb. 4 vs. USC, Spieker Aquatics Complex, Berkeley, 5 p.m.
Sat. Feb. 5 vs. CS Bakersfield, Spieker Aquatics Complex, Berkeley 11 a.m.
The No. 1-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 continue its 2011 Pac-10 dual meet schedule this Friday (Feb. 5, 5 p.m.) versus No. 8 USC and then host CS Bakersfield in a non-conference meet Saturday (Feb. 6, 11 a.m.) at Spieker Aquatics Complex. The Golden Bears jumped from a No. 4 to a No. 1 national ranking as a result of a 174.5-123.5 victory at then No. 2-ranked Arizona Jan. 22. 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.
Bears Face USC Friday/Cal's Exploits at Arizona:
The Golden Bears, ranked No. 1 for the first time since Durden took over the coaching reins in 2007, hosts No. 8-ranked USC in Cal's home opener Friday. The Bears feature two-time defending NCAA champions Adrian (100 free) and Dugonjic (100 breast), while the Trojans have sophomore Clement Lefert, the defending 2010 Pac-10 champ in the 200 free (1:33.75). A leading swimmer for Cal against Arizona was Shields with victories in the 200 free, 100 fly and 200 fly. He also swam the anchor leg of the Bears' winning 400 free relay and was interviewed on Swimming World's The Morning Show Jan. 31 The Morning Show. The Bears captured nine of the meet's races, won both the 200 medley and the 400 free relays and finished 1-2 in seven events. Sprint star Adrian topped the field in the 50 and 100 free and was impressive leading off the 400 free relay (42.61, fastest unshaven collegiate time in the nation this year in the 100 free), which was honored by Swimming World as its Performance of the Week Swimming World Performance of the Week.
2009-10 in Review/2011 Prospectus:
At the 2010 NCAA championships, the Bears won at least one national title each of the three days on their way to 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 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). 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 meet's final event (2:48.78). The Bears' second place NCAA finish was the best for Cal since it was runner-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 18-6 (.750) 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.