Dec. 1, 2012
ATHENS, GA - Highlighted by freshman Josh Prenot's victory in the 400 IM with a school-record time of 3:41.36, the No. 3-ranked Cal men's swimming and diving team had another strong performance Saturday (Dec. 1) during the second day of the Georgia Fall Invitational at the Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Ga. Besides Prenot winning the 400 IM in an NCAA automatic qualifying time, the Golden Bears had four runner-up finishes, including placing second in both the 200 medley (NCAA automatic qualifying 1:26.32, Marcin Tarczynski, Trevor Hoyt, Seth Stubblefield, Shayne Fleming) and 800 free relays (6:26.30, Will Hamilton, Trent Williams, Jeremy Bagshaw, Ben Hinshaw).
Cal, the defending 2011 and 2012 NCAA team champions, continue to lead the meet with 592 points, ahead of second place Virginia (508) and host Georgia (454.5). Prenot, the Bears' newcomer from Orcutt, Calif., broke the previous Cal record in the 400 IM (3:43.55) that had been set by Martin Liivamagi in 2009.
Individuals who placed second for the Bears were junior Marcin Tarczynski in the 100 fly (46.89) and senior Trevor Hoyt in the 100 breast (52.65). Other Cal finalists were sophomores Will Hamilton (third, 47.26) and Seth Stubblefield (seventh, 48.16) in the 100 fly; freshmen Trent Williams (third, 1:36.76) and Michael Haney (fifth, 1:37.89) in the 200 free; junior Ryan Studebaker (eighth, 55.70) in the 100 breast and freshman Jacob Pebley (fourth, 47.22) in the 100 back.
The meet concludes Sunday.
"It was a solid night across the board for us." said Cal coach David Durden. "Our 40 IMers did a nice job, highlighted by Josh's (Prenot) school-record swim. Our freshmen raced well. Trent (Williams) and Michael's (Haney) 200 free and Jacob's (Pebley) 100 back were all solid swims. All our relays were solid, as well. We are looking forward to a good final session tomorrow."