March 6, 2010
LONG BEACH, CALIF. - The No. 4-ranked University of California men's swimming team won two more titles during the final day of the 2010 Pac-10 swimming championships in Long Beach. Junior Nathan Adrian repeated as the conference champion in the 100 free and the 400 free relay of juniors Graeme Moore and Josh Daniels, freshman Tom Shields and Adrian placed first with an NCAA automatic time of 2:50.59. However, the Golden Bears narrowly missed snapping Stanford's streak of 28 straight Pac-10 titles, falling to the No. 3 Cardinal, 897-829.5.
Cal had several strong swims Saturday night. Besides Adrian winning the 100 free (42.59), Moore was second in the event with a mark of 42.72. In another Pac-10 runner-up finish for the Bears was Shields in the 200 fly with a school record and NCAA automatic time of 1:42.63. He topped the old mark of 1:42.98 set by Patrick O'Neil, who was the NCAA champion in the 200 fly in 2007.
Cal concluded the 2010 Pac-10 meet with five individual titles and three relay titles (400 free relay, 200 and 400 medley relays). On Wednesday, the Bears won the 200 medley relay for the third year in a row. The medley relay team of juniors Guy Barnea, Damir Dugonjic, Moore and Daniels recorded a time of 1:24.85 to lead Cal to victory in the first event of the four-day meet. On Thursday, Adrian successfully defended his 2009 title in the 50 free with a time of 19.20, while sophomore Martin Liivamagi captured his first conference title by winning the 200 IM in a career-best and NCAA automatic qualifying 1:43.73.
Bolstered by Friday's conference titles by Dugonjic in the 100 breast (52.12), Shields in the 100 fly (45.75) and the 400 medley relay (3:05.71, sophomore Mathias Gydesen, Dugonjic, Shields, Adrian), the Cal men had taken the lead over Stanford at the 2010 championships after 14 events, 570-560. The last school to win a Pac-10 title other than Stanford was Cal in 1980 and 1981.
The Bears will next compete at the 2010 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, March 25-27 in Columbus, Ohio. Last year Cal placed fourth at the NCAA meet with Adrian capturing the 50 and 100 free, and Dugonjic winning the 100 breast. Adrian was also the 2009 Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year.