Nov. 9, 2011
The No. 6-ranked California men's swimming team had a solid performance in its Triple-Distance Meet versus No. 4 Stanford Wednesday (Nov. 9) at Spieker Aquatics Complex, capturing three of the six tri-distance events. Senior Martin Liivamagi (breaststroke 3:21.20), junior Tom Shields (backstroke 2:54.25) and freshman Tyler Messerschmidt (sprint freestyle 2:44.29) won their specialty groups.
The CSCCA National Rankings were just released today (Nov. 9), with Michigan ranked first, Texas second, Arizona third, Stanford fourth, Auburn fifth and Cal sixth. The Golden Bears, under the direction of David Durden, captured the 2011 NCAA team title after finishing as the national runner-up in 2010.
In a Triple-Distance Meet, athletes divide into specialty groups and compete with one another in three races to determine a specialty champion in each of swimming's six event domains: sprinters (50, 100, 200 free), distance swimmers (200, 500, 1000 free), butterflyers (50, 100, 200 butterfly), breaststrokers (50, 100, 200 breaststroke), backstrokers (50, 100, 200 backstroke) and individual medlyists (100, 200, 400 IM).
The Golden Bears also won the meet's two relays, the 200 medley relay (1:29.20 Mathias Gydesen, Nolan Koon, Tom Shields, Ben Hinshaw) and 200 free relay (1:20.38 Tyler Messerschmidt, Shayne Fleming, Dana Foster, Fabio Gimondi).
In individual races, Cal standout Shields, the two-time NCAA champion (100 fly in 2010, 100 back in 2011), won three events. Shields placed first in the 50 back (22.24), the 100 back (47.61) and 200 back (1:44.40). Koon won the 50 and 100 breast with times of 25.24 and 54.93, respectively. Another two-time winner was freshman Messerschmidt, who won the meet's 100 (44.46) and 200 free (1:39.38). Other Bears who captured races were sophomore Shayne Fleming in the 50 free (20.34) and sophomore Sam Metz in the 200 free (1:39.91).
"It was good to see our swimmers compete in three different distances," said Durden. "I thought Seth (freshman Seth Stubblefield) was impressive in the butterfly events and Mathias (senior Mathias Gydesen) did a nice job in the backstroke. Nolan (Koon) and Martin were also good in the breaststroke. For a newcomer, Tyler Messerschmidt was outstanding in the 50, 100 and 200 free. Sophomore Jeremy Bagshaw had a strong effort in the distance freestyle (finishing second in the combined distance events with a mark of 15:24.41), competing against Stanford's NCAA champion Chad La Tourette."
The Bears will next compete at the Winter National Championships, Dec. 1-3 in Atlanta, Georgia.