March 26, 2012
BERKELEY - After guiding the Cal men's swimming and diving program to back-to-back NCAA championships last Saturday in Federal Way, Wash., Golden Bear head coach David Durden will talk about his latest team title on Chronicle Live on Tuesday (March 27) from 5-6 p.m. Pacific Time on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.
David Durden just concluded his fifth season at Cal, leading the Bears to the 2011 and 2012 NCAA team titles, and has been named NCAA Coach of the Meet the past three years. In 2012, his squad won national titles in the 200 free and 400 medley relays; and he helped produce four NCAA individual champions - junior Tom Shields (100 fly and 100 back), sophomore Marcin Tarczynski (200 IM) and freshman Will Hamilton (200 fly). Cal topped second place Texas, 535.5 to 491, to win the team title.
Last season, Cal captured its first NCAA team title in 31 years under Durden. Now Durden and the Bears have won back-to-back national titles in swimming for the first time since the 1979 and 1980 seasons under former head coach Nort Thornton (now Head Coach Emeritus). Combined with Cal's women's swimming and diving program winning repeat titles in 2011 and 2012, Cal the only fourth school to ever win back-to-back NCAA crowns in both men's and women's swimming (joining Texas, Stanford and Auburn).
ESPNU will be airing a 90-minute show recapping the 2012 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships on Sunday, April 1at 9:30 a.m. Pacific Time.