Nov. 10, 2010
STANFORD, CALIF. - The No. 2-ranked California men's swimming team performed extremely well in its Triple-Distance Meet at Stanford Wednesday, Nov. 10 at Avery Aquatics Center, capturing four of the six tri-distance events. Senior Nathan Adrian (sprint freestyle 2:43.00), junior Mathias Gydesen (backstroke 3:01.98), junior Martin Liivamagi (IM 4:38.22 tied with Stanford's Erik Ravnan) and sophomore Tom Shields (butterfly 2:56.70) won their specialty groups.
The CSCCA National Rankings were just released today (Nov. 10), with defending national champion Texas ranked first, 2010 national runner-up Cal second, and Stanford third.
In a Triple-Distance Meet, athletes divide into specialty groups and 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).
The Golden Bears also won the meet's two relays, the 200 medley relay (1:29.76 Guy Barnea, Damir Dugonjic, Tom Shields, Marcin Tarczynski) and 200 free relay (1:21.31 Nathan Adrian, Josh Daniels, Shayne Fleming, Martin Liivamagi).
In individual races, Cal standout Adrian, the two-time NCAA champion in the 100 free, won three events. Adrian placed first in the 50 free (19.67), the 100 free (43.27) and 200 free (1:40.06). Shields, the 2010 NCAA champion in the 100 fly, won the 50, 100 and 200 fly with times of 22.04, 48.09 and 1:46.57, respectively. Two-time winners were Liivamagi, the 2010 Pac-10 champ in the 200 IM, who won the meet's 100 (51.81) and 200 IM (1:53.00); and Gydesen was the winner of the 100 (49.70) and 200 back (1:49.00).
Another individual event winner for the Bears was senior Damir Dugonjic, two-time NCAA champion in the 100 breast, who captured the 50 breast (25.10). Senior Guy Barnea placed first in the 50 back (23.26).
"This was a good meet for us," said Cal coach David Durden. "It gave us a chance to break up our training and have an opportunity to race an outstanding Stanford team."
The Bears will next compete at the Short Course National Championships, Dec. 2-4 in Columbus, Ohio.