March 3, 2010
LONG BEACH, CALIF. - The No. 4-ranked University of California men's swimming team started the 2010 Pac-10 championships on a strong note Wednesday (March 3), winning the 200 medley relay for the third year in a row. The medley relay team of juniors Guy Barnea, Damir Dugonjic, Graeme Moore and Josh Daniels recorded a time of 1:24.85 to lead the Golden Bears to victory in the first event of the four-day meet, held at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach.
In the second of the only two events Wednesday, the Cal men placed third in the 800 free relay in a school record time of 6:19.79. The relay team of junior Nathan Adrian, Moore and freshmen standouts Ben Hinshaw and Tom Shields, topped the previous Bear record of 6:20.49 set in 2009.
"Today was good," said Cal coach David Durden, who has led the Bears to back-to-back Pac-10 runner-up finishes. "We were able to win the 200 medley relay without really doing everything right, but we'll take it. Now we are looking forward to getting on to tomorrow when the bulk of the meet really begins."
On Thursday, Cal will be competing in the 500 free, the 200 IM, the 50 free and the 200 free relay. The Bears feature the defending 2009 Pac-10 champion in the 200 IM, junior Martti Aljand, and the defending conference and NCAA champion in the 50 free, Adrian. Cal was also the runner-up in the 200 free relay at last year's Pac-10 meet.
Adrian was named the 2009 Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year and the defending conference champion in the 50, 100 and 200 free. Cal also returns defending 2009 Pac-10 champion Dugonjic in the 100 breast and sophomore Nolan Koon in the 200 breast, plus three members (Dugonjic, Moore, Adrian) of the champion 400 medley relay.