April 9, 2012
WALNUT CREEK, CALIF. - Cal junior Tom Shields was named Pac-12 Men's Swimmer of the Year and Golden Bear head coach David Durden was named Pac-12 Men's Swimming Coach of the Year, it was announced by conference Commissioner Larry Scott today (April 9). The awards were voted on by the Pac-12 head men's swimming coaches.
Shields led Cal to its second straight team title at the NCAA Championships in Federal Way, Wash. A native of Huntington Beach, Calif., Shields was named NCAA Swimmer of the Meet after capturing the 100 fly and 100 back and swimming on the victorious 400 medley relay team. At the Pac-12 Championships, Shields won the 100 and 200 fly along with two relays.
Shields not only won three NCAA events, he was the national runner-up in four other events - 200 medley relay swimming the butterfly leg, the 800 free relay swimming the lead-off leg, the 200 fly and the 400 free relay swimming the anchor leg. He has now won nine NCAA titles, either individually or on relays.
Durden earned Pac-12 Men's Swimming Coach of the Year for the third year in a row after the Bears repeated as NCAA champions, claiming the program's fourth overall title. Cal also won back-to-back crowns in 1979-80. The Bears, who entered the NCAA Championships ranked sixth, won four individual events and two relays to finish with 535.5 points to second-place Texas' 491 points. Durden has been named the NCAA Coach of the Meet for three years in-a-row as well.