March 5, 2013
FEDERAL WAY, WASH. - Cal freshman standout Josh Prenot set a Pac-12 meet record winning the 400 IM with a time of 3:41.82, and senior Tom Shields captured conference titles in the 100 fly and the 100 back, Tuesday (March 5) as the Golden Bears remain in first place at the 2013 Pac-12 Championships in Federal Way, Wash.
The Bears, the defending 2011 and 2012 NCAA team champions, have earned 583 points after the third day of competition, ahead of second place Stanford (520) and third place USC (404.5). Cal is attempting to dethrone Stanford, which has won 31 straight conference team titles. The Pac-12 meet concludes Wednesday evening.
Prenot, a newcomer from Orcutt, Calif., had earlier this season set a new school record in the 400 IM with a mark of 3:41.36. Shields, the 2012 NCAA Swimmer of the Meet, won at least two Pac-12 individual titles for the third year in a row, clocking in at 44.92 in the 100 fly and 46.12 in the 100 back.
The Bears had several other impressive swims Tuesday. Sophomore Jacob Pebley was third (46.51), junior Tony Cox was sixth (47.18) and senior Nick Trowbridge was seventh (47.54).
In the 200 free, freshman Trent Williams placed third (1:35.22), while sophomore Will Hamilton was seventh (1:35.61). Cal had another third place finish with Trevor Hoyt clocking in at 52.78 in the 100 breast, while sophomore Christian Higgins was fifth (53.38) in the 100 breast.
"The key to our success tonight was our performance in the morning prelims that put us in position to score points," said Cal coach David Durden. "We capped it off with a nice race in the 400 medley relay."
On Wednesday, the Bears will try to wrap-up their first conference team title since 1981 when they compete in the 1650 free, the 200 back, the 100 free, the 200 breast and the 200 fly. Shields is the defending Pac-12 champion in the 200 fly.
On Sunday night, Cal won the conference title in the 200 medley relay (1:24.42, Cox, Hoyt, Shields, junior Shayne Fleming) for the sixth year in a row.