Oct. 27, 2011
California senior Nolan Koon - the 2009 and 2011 Pac-10 champion in the 200 breaststroke, and the 2011 national runner-up in 100 breast - was interviewed by Swimming World on its Oct. 25 The Morning Swim Show. Koon's Interview on The Morning Swim Show Koon's Oct. 25 Morning Swim Show Interview discussed his accomplishments and the prospects of this year's Cal team as it strives to repeat as NCAA team champions under head coach David Durden.
Besides his performances at the NCAA and Pac-10 championships, Koon has the school's second-best all-time mark in the 100 breast (51.63), third-best all-time mark in the 200 IM (1:44.10) and third-best time in the 200 breast (1:53.78). He is also a standout academically, majoring in political economies of industrial societies and earning 2011 and 2010 second-team Pac-10 All-Academic honors.
The Cal swimmers will next host an exhibition triple-distance meet versus Bay Area rival Stanford on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. at Spieker Aquatics Complex. The Bear divers next compete Nov. 4-5 at the USC Diving Invitational in Los Angeles.
Last March in Minneapolis, Durden guided the Bears to their first NCAA team title since 1980 and was named both National and Pac-10 Coach of the Year for the second year in a row. At the 2011 NCAA meet, Durden's squad collected seven titles - the 50 and 100 frees (senior Nathan Adrian), the 100 back (sophomore Tom Shields), the 100 breast (senior Damir Dugonjic), the 400 free relay (Graeme Moore, Josh Daniels, Shields and Adrian), the 200 medley relay (Guy Barnea, Dugonjic, Moore and Adrian) and the 400 medley relay (Barnea, Dugonjic, Shields and Adrian).