Jan. 25, 2011
BERKELEY - The California men's swimming and diving team, fresh off of capturing dual meets last weekend at Arizona State and then-No. 2-ranked Arizona, have moved up to the top spot in the TYR/CSCAA Division I Dual Meet Poll. The Golden Bears, who in 2010 placed second at the NCAA championships with three individual champions (Nathan Adrian 100 free, Damir Dugonjic 100 breast, Tom Shields 100 fly) and four relay titles (200 and 400 free, 200 and 400 medley), topped Arizona, 174.5-123.5 on Jan. 22 in Tucson.
A leading swimmer for Cal against the Wildcats was sophomore standout Shields (the 2010 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year) with victories in the 200 free, 100 fly and 200 fly. He also swam the anchor leg of the Bears' 400 free relay with seniors Adrian, Graeme Moore and Josh Daniels that won with a mark of 2:56.27. The Bears captured nine of the meet's races, won both the 200 medley and the 400 free relays and finished 1-2 in seven events at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center.
Sprint star Adrian was also a multiple winner for Cal, topping the field in the 50 (19.62) and 100 free (43.83), while Moore was second in both events with times of 20.28 and 44.35, respectively. Adrian also had an impressive time leading off the 400 free relay (42.61, fastest unshaven collegiate time in the nation this year in the 100 free), which was honored by Swimming World as its Performance of the Week Swimming World Performance of the Week.
The Bears' second place finish at the 2010 NCAA championships was the best finish for Cal since placing as the national runners-up in 1986 with Matt Biondi. The Bears' four NCAA relay titles were also the most in school history. Cal returns 12 of 14 All-Americans from last season, including all members of the national champion 200, 400 free and 200 and 400 medley relays, plus junior Martin Liivamagi, who was the 2010 Pac-10 champion in the 200 IM and owns the school-record with a time of 1:43.05.
"We are certainly humbled by the fact we are ranked No. 1 in the nation after only two official dual meets," said Cal coach David Durden, the 2010 Pac-10 and NCAA Coach of the Year. "We will definitely have a chance to earn our ranking in the coming weeks when we host USC, Cal State Bakersfield (1 p.m. Feb. 5) and No. 2-ranked Stanford (1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 19) at home."
Cal men's swimming and diving team's next competition will be Friday, Feb. 4 when it hosts USC at 5 p.m. at Spieker Aquatics Complex. The Cal men's diving team, led by senior Thomas Henninger who won the one-meter competition at Arizona, will compete against the USC divers this weekend (Friday, Jan. 28) at Spieker Aquatics Complex when the Cal women host the USC, beginning at 1 p.m. at Spieker Aquatics Complex.