Oct. 14, 2010
BERKELEY - Sat. Oct. 16 at Pacific Invitational, Chris Kjeldsen Pool, Stockton, Calif. 11 a.m.
This Week: The California men's swimming team; which in 2009-10 placed second in the nation at the NCAA championships, had three individual national champions (Nathan Adrian 100 free, Damir Dugonjic 100 breast and Tom Shields 100 fly) and four relay titles (200 and 400 free, 200 and 400 medley); will travel to the Pacific Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 16 to compete one day of the two-day meet. On Saturday, the Golden Bears will be swimming the 200 free relay, the 200 fly, the 100 back, 500 free, 200 IM, 100 free, 200 back, 100 fly and 200 breast against athletes from BYU, Stanford and Pacific. Fourth-year Cal head swim coach David Durden has another talented squad, losing only Sean Mahoney, Aaron Casey and Peter Davis to graduation from last year's NCAA squad. The Bears not only include returning champions in seniors Adrian and Dugonjic, and sophomore Shields, but seniors Guy Barnea, Josh Daniels and Graeme Moore, who were members of national title relays. Junior Martin Liivamagi is the defending 2010 Pac-10 champion in the 200 IM as well.
Golden Bears Shine at Cal Poly Pentathlon:Cal started the season with an exhibition meet Sept. 24-25 at Cal Poly, swimming a pentathlon on the 24th and joining the Cal women in co-ed races (200 medley relay and 200 free relay) on the 25th. Bear freshman Marcin Tarczynski was crowned the "King of the Pool" in the pentathlon, combining the day's overall fastest times in the 100 fly, 100 back, 100 breast, 100 free and 100 individual medley. Tarczynski, from Warsaw, Poland, had the lowest aggregate time of 4:13.88, placing first in the 100 IM (50.55), and edging junior teammate Liivamagi's overall mark of 4:17.61 and Shield's 4:17.95. Besides Tarczynski's win in the 100 IM, he was second in the 100 fly, third in the 100 back, seventh in the 100 breast and second in the 100 free. Other individual event winners for Cal included Shields in the 100 fly (48.20), 100 back (49.00) and 100 free (45.37); and Dugonjic in the 100 breast (55.56). Tarczynski has had an outstanding career as a member of the Polish National Team, placing seventh at the 2010 European Championships in the 200-meter IM (2:00.81) and second in the 100-meter free (50.11) at the 2008 European Junior Championships. For more information on Cal's other 2010-11 newcomers click on Release on Cal Men's Swimming's 2010-11 newcomers.
2009-10 in Review:At the 2010 Men's NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Columbus, Ohio, the Bears won at least one national title each of the meet's three days on their way to a total of seven championships and a runner-up team finish (head coach Durden was named Coach of the Meet and was the 2010 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, while Shields was Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year). Cal captured the 200 free relay (1:15.71, Adrian, Moore, Daniels, Barnea) to open the meet and then placed first in the 400 medley relay (3:02.83, Barnea, Dugonjic, Shields, Adrian) to wrap-up day one. The Bears added three more titles in day two with Shields victory in the 100 fly in school record time (44.91), Dugonjic's repeat title in the 100 breast (51.65) and a win in the 200 medley relay (1:23.08, Barnea, Dugonjic, Moore, Daniels). Finally, on day three Adrian repeated as national champion in the 100 free (41.50) and Cal's 400 free relay team (Moore, Daniels, Shields, Adrian) won the competition's final event with a time of 2:48.78. The Bears to a second place finish at the NCAA championships was the best finish for Cal since placing as the national runners-up in 1986 with Matt Biondi. The Bears' four NCAA relay titles were also the most in school history.
Head Coach David Durden:David Durden is in his fourth season at Cal, owning a 16-6 (.727) dual meet record, three-straight Pac-10 second-place finishes and a runner-up finish at the 2010 NCAA championships. Durden was both the 2010 Pac-10 Coach of the Year and NCAA Coach of the Meet. He mentored three individual national champions (Nathan Adrian 100 free, Damir Dugonjic 100 breast, Tom Shields 100 fly) and four relay national titles (200 and 400 free relays, 200 and 400 medley relays). Durden joined the Golden Bears in 2007 upon the retirement of Hall of Fame coach Nort Thornton, who is now Head Coach Emeritus.