Feb. 4, 2012
LOS ANGELES, CALIF - Swimming and diving strictly as exhibition, the Cal men's swimming and diving team still performed well Saturday (Feb. 4) in competition with Stanford and USC at McDonald's Swim Stadium in Los Angeles. Senior Martin Liivamagi and junior Tom Shields produced the meet's fastest times in the 200 breast and 200 fly, respectively.
Liivamagi finished with a time of 2:01.25 in the 200 breast to top Stanford's Curtis Lovelace (2:01.28), while Shields time of 1:45.39 in the 200 fly topped Stanford's Robert Bollier's mark of 1:45.44. The Cardinal ended up winning the dual meet over USC Saturday, 175-118. On Friday, Cal had upended the No. 5-ranked Trojans, 165-125, in a Pac-12 dual meet.
Other top swims by the Bears included sophomore Sam Metz swimming the second fastest time in the 200 IM (1:50.79). Metz also had the third fastest time in the 100 free (44.97). Additional third place swims for Cal included junior Trevor Hoyt in the 100 breast (55.83) and freshman Will Hamilton in the 100 fly (49.00). The Bears also swam the meet's third fastest time in the 400 medley relay (3:14.76) behind the swims of Shields, Hoyt, senior Mathias Gydesen and freshman Fabio Gimondi.
In diving competition, sophomore Tyler Pullen was impressive on the three-meter board, recording the second highest score with a 324.75.
Cal will next take on Bay Area rival Stanford in a Pac-12 dual meet on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 1 p.m. at the Avery Aquatic Center on the Stanford campus.