Nov. 8, 2011
BERKELEY - The 2011-12 California men's swimming team will host Bay Area rival Stanford for a Triple-Distance Meet on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 2 p.m. at Spieker Aquatics Complex. Wednesday's meet will not count towards either team's dual-meet record, but it will feature some of the very best collegiate swimmers in the nation competing in a non-standard event schedule. The official Pac-12 dual meet between the two rivals will be Saturday, Feb. 18 at 1 p.m. at Avery Aquatics Center on the Stanford campus.
In the Triple-Distance Meet, athletes divide into specialty groups that compete with one another in three races to determine a specialty champion in each of swimming's six event domains: sprinters (50, 100, 200 free), distance swimmers (200, 500, 1000 free), butterflyers (50, 100, 200 butterfly), breaststrokers (50, 100, 200 breaststroke), backstrokers (50, 100, 200 backstroke) and individual medlyists (100, 200, 400 IM).
Individual champions will be recognized in each domain as the athlete with the fastest cumulative times from three events.
Cal features 10 returning All-Americans from its 2011 NCAA championship squad. Junior Tom Shields is a six-time NCAA champion, winning the 100 fly as a freshman to go with his 100 back title as a sophomore, and had been on national champion 400 free and 400 medley (butterfly leg) relays the last two years. He was the 2010 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and the 2011 Pac-10 Swimmer of the Meet. Shields is the school record-holder in the 200 free (1:32.75), 100 back (45.02), 100 fly (44.78) and 200 fly (1:40.31).
Other top returning All-Americans are senior Nolan Koon, the 2009 and 2011 Pac-10 champion in the 200 breast, and the 2011 national runner-up in 100 breast. Senior Martin Liivamagi is another outstanding veteran, winning the 2010 Pac-10 title in the 200 IM, and placing fifth in both the 200 and 400 IM at the 2011 NCAA meet. Liivamagi is the school record-holder in the 200 (1:43.05) and 400 IM (3:43.55).
Stanford features senior Chad La Tourette, three-time Pac-10 champion in the 1650 free, and senior David Mosko, 2010 Pac-10 champion in the 500 free.