Feb. 5, 2010
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - Led by two-event winners Nathan Adrian, Guy Barnea and freshman Tom Shields, the No. 4-ranked Cal men's swimming and diving team defeated Pac-10 rival USC, 158-136, Friday, Feb. 5 at McDonald's Swim Stadium in Los Angeles. The Golden Bears improved to 5-1 in dual meets this season behind juniors Adrian and Barnea winning their specialties, the freestyle and backstroke, while newcomer Shields was dominant in the butterfly. Adrian, the 2009 NCAA champion in the 50 and 100 free, won the 50 free in a time of 19.47 and the 200 free in a season-best 1:36.03. Barnea placed first in the 100 (48.14) and 200 (1:46.25) back, while Shields captured the 100 fly and 200 fly in career-bests 47.33 and 1:45.18, respectively.
Cal also picked up individual wins by junior Damir Dugonjic in the 100 breast and junior Graeme Moore in the 100 free. Dugonjic, the 2009 NCAA champion in the 100 breast, placed first with a time of 54.20 and Moore clocked in at 43.74 in the 100 free. The Bears won the meet's opening event as well - the 200 medley relay - behind swims by Barnea, Dugonjic, Shields and junior freestyler Alex Cushing (1:27.82).
The Bears were also bolstered by a 1-2-3 finish in the 100 back (Barnea, sophomore Mathias Gydesen 48.63, senior Peter Davis 49.57) and 1-2 finishes in the 50 free (Adrian, Moore 20.11), 200 back (Barnea, Gydesen 1:46.79) and 100 fly (Sheilds, Adrian 47.51).
In diving, junior Thomas Henninger placed second in both the one-meter (341.78) and three-meter board (317.85) to earn points for Cal.
"I felt like we had a more complete meet from start to finish than any other time in the season," said Cal coach David Durden. "The energy level was great for each and every race. I was really pleased to see that."
The Bears' men's swimming and diving team will next conclude their 2009-10 dual meet schedule when they compete against Bay Area rival Stanford on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 1 p.m. at Avery Aquatics Center.