Oct. 16, 2010
STOCKTON, CALIF. - The California men's swimming team captured the 200 free relay, sophomore Tom Shields won the 100 back and freshman Marcin Tarczynski placed first in the 200 IM Saturday, Oct. 16 at the Pacific Invitational in Stockton. The Golden Bears earned 478 points in competing in only one day of the two-day meet.
The Bears' 200 free relay team of senior Guy Barnea, senior Alex Cushing, freshman Shayne Fleming and senior Damir Dugonjic, won with a time of 1:23.20, topping Stanford's 1:23.30. Cal is the defending NCAA champion in the 200 free. Shields, the 2010 NCAA champion in the 100 butterfly, clocked in at 49.64 in the 100 back to help lead a 1-2 finish Cal finish in that event. Junior Mathias Gydesen was second in the 100 back with a time of 49.68.
Freshman standout Tarczynski won the Bears' third event of the day with a victory in the 200 IM with a mark of 1:52.18. He has been impressive early in his Cal career after being named "King of the Pool" Sept. 24 at an exhibition/pentathlon swim meet at Cal Poly, where he combined the day's overall fastest times in the 100 fly, 100 back, 100 breast, 100 free and 100 individual medley. Tarczynski, from Warsaw, Poland, had the lowest aggregate time of 4:13.88, and placed first in the 100 IM (50.55), during the earlier meet in San Luis Obispo.
Other top performances by Cal Saturday included Shields and Gydesen placing second and third in the 200 back with times of 1:49.73 and 1:49.90, respectively. Tarczynski and Gydesen were second and third in the 100 fly with marks of 50.03 and 50.17, while Dugonjic, the two-time NCAA champ in the 100 breast, was third in the 200 breast with a time of 2:06.62.
The Bears' next action will be when they travel to Stanford for an exhibition triple-distance meet on Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. at the Cardinal's Avery Aquatics Center.