Cal Men's Swimming and Diving Garners Publicity
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  04/03/2012

April 3, 2012

BERKELEY - After guiding the Cal men's swimming and diving program to back-to-back NCAA championships this past March 22-24 in Federal Way, Wash., Golden Bear head coach David Durden and his squad are receiving quite a bit of publicity.

On March 27 Durden was interviewed on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area's Chronicle Live Durden's Chronicle Live Interview.

On March 30, junior standout Tom Shields was featured on Swimming World magazine's Morning Show Shield's Morning Show Interview.

And, on April 1, the Cal men's and women's swimming and diving programs were featured in the San Francisco Chronicle in an article written by John Crumpacker Cal Swimming and Diving Feature.

Additionally, both David Durden and women's head swimming and diving coach Teri McKeever will be featured in Sports Illustrated's Faces in the Crowd in the magazine's April 9 issue that is a special all-coaches Faces in the Crowd edition.

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).

Shields not only won three NCAA event, 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.