Feb. 3, 2009
BERKELEY, CALIF. - Golden Bears Entertain Trojans and Roadrunners
The No. 6-ranked California swimming and diving team (3-1, 2-1 Pac-10), led by 2008 Olympic gold medalist Nathan Adrian, host a pair of 1 p.m. dual meets this week at Spieker Aquatics Complex, hosting No. 23-ranked USC (4-1, 2-1) on Friday, Feb. 6 and Conference USA foe Cal State Bakersfield on Saturday, Feb. 7.
Last season, Cal defeated the Trojans, 136-102, in Los Angeles and topped the Roadrunners, 133-78, in Bakersfield. USC ended up fifth at the 2008 Pac-10 Championships.
Adrian, from Bremerton, Wash., was named the Pac-10 Swimmer of the Month for December when he helped the Bears win seven events during the Husky Invitational in Seattle. On Dec. 4 he won the 50 free in a Cal school record and NCAA automatic qualifying time of 18.94 (old record was 19.01 set by Duje Draganja in 2005, only the fifth swimmer to ever swim under 19.0 in the 50-yard free), led off the Bears' victory in the 200 free relay (Adrian, senior Bennett Clark, sophomore Josh Daniels, sophomore Graeme Moore, 1:17.62 NCAA A standard) and swam the freestyle leg in the 400 medley relay. On Dec. 5 Adrian won the 100 fly with a time of 47.47 and led off Cal's winning 800 free relay. Finally on Dec. 6, he won the 100 free with an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 41.83 (fourth fastest time in Cal history) and swam the second leg of the Bears' winning 400 free relay, which had an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 2:50.15 (Moore, Adrian, Daniels, Clark). Adrian won a gold in the 2008 Beijing Olympics swimming the prelims of Team USA's 400-meter free relay. He sat out last year to train for the Beijing Olympics after competing for Cal in 2006-07.
Another highlight for the Bears at the Husky Invitational was on Dec. 5 when sophomore Damir Dugonjic swam an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 52.14 in winning the 100 breast. Dugonjic also broke his own school record of 52.50 in the 100 breast, which was set in the prelims of last year's NCAA meet where he went on to finish second nationally.
Last Week Versus the Arizona Schools
On Jan. 23 in Tucson, Cal fell to defending NCAA champion Arizona, 171.5-128.5, but rebounded to defeat Arizona State, 148-93, Jan. 24 in Tempe. Against the Wildcats, Adrian captured the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle, and helped the Bears win the 400 free relay. Dugonjic was victorious in the 100 breast as well. The next day against the Sun Devils, Cal won 12 events with nine different swimmers winning races. The Bears also captured the 200 free and 200 medley relays and sophomore Tom Henninger won the one-meter diving.
Diver Henninger Two-Time Pac-10 Diver of the Month
Henninger was Pac-10 Diver of the Month for both November and December. Competing at the Texas Invitational Dec. 4-6, his 326.65 in the three-meter was an automatic NCAA Zone E qualifying mark. Earlier he posted NCAA Zone E qualifying marks on both the one -meter (328.80) and three-meter boards (336.00) Nov. 14 at San Jose State.
Other Cal Highlights
Besides Adrian and Dugonjic's exploits. The Bears have 20 NCAA B standard times - Adrian in the 200 free (1:35.37) and 100 fly (47.47); Clark in the 50 free (19.83); Moore in the 100 free (43.17) and 100 fly (47.32); senior David Russell in the 100 (47.19) and 200 back (1:44.21); sophomore Martti Aljand in the 100 breast (54.13) and 200 IM (1:46.51); junior Sean Mahoney in the 100 breast (54.53), 200 breast (1:55.68), 200 IM (1:47.12) and 400 IM (3:50.38); and freshman Martin Liivamagi in the 100 breast (54.46), 200 breast (1:57.59) and 200 IM (1:45.30). Cal also has B standards in the 200 medley relay (1:26.18), the 400 medley relay (3:10.01) and the 800 free relay (6:26.36). Additionally, sophomore Guy Barnea, due to his performances in Europe in December, has an NCAA A standard in the 100 back and an NCAA B standard in the 200 back. Coverted from meters to short course yards, Barnea has a 43.47 time in the 100 back and a 1:42.62 time in the 200 back.
Head Coach David Durden
David Durden, formerly the head coach of the Maryland men's and women's programs, joined Cal in 2007 upon the retirement of Hall of Fame Cal coach Nort Thornton. In the 2007-08 season, Durden led the Bears to a fourth-place NCAA finish, second-place Pac-10 finish and 5-2 dual-meet record.
Durden also spent five seasons at Auburn, including 2005 when he was the assistant head men's coach for the NCAA-champion Tigers. During his tenure, the Tiger men's and women's teams won a total of six NCAA team championships - the men winning in 2003, 2004 and 2005, and the women winning in 2002, 2003 and 2004. The Auburn women finished second at the national meet in 2005.