Feb. 15, 2012
BERKELEY - Sat., Feb. 18 at Stanford, Avery Aquatic Center, Stanford, Calif. 1 p.m.
The No. 6-ranked California men's swimming and diving team (4-1) - the 2011 NCAA team champions - concludes its 2011-12 dual meet season this Saturday (Feb. 18) at 1 p.m. in the Big Meet at No. 3-ranked Stanford's Avery Aquatic Center. The Golden Bears will be looking to upend Bay Area rival Cardinal (7-1) for the first time since Feb. 19, 2005 when they defeated Stanford, 129-114, at Spieker Aquatics Complex. Cal features 10 returning All-Americans from its 2011 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 won the 2010 Pac-10 title in the 200 IM, and is the school record-holder in the 200 (1:43.05) and 400 IM (3:43.55). Stanford features senior Chad La Tourette, who has the nation's top time in the 1000 free (8:59.21) and is the defending Pac-10 champion in the 1,650 free (14:38.13). The Cardinal also have junior Matt Thompson, who is the defending conference champion in the 400 IM (3:45.01), and are the defending Pac-10 champions in the 800 free relay. Stanford finished third in the 2011 NCAA team standings. The Cardinal have won 30-straight conference meet titles.
Golden Bears to Date
Shields' time of 45.67 in the 100 fly is the fastest in the nation and automatically qualifies him for the 2012 NCAA championships. Shields also owns the country's fastest time in the 200 fly (1:43.09), while Koon's 52.75 in the 100 breast is the third fastest in the nation and an NCAA automatic qualifier. Other NCAA consideration times for Cal includes Shield's third fastest mark in the 200 free (1:34.79) and fourth fastest time in the 100 back (46.53). In the 200 breast, junior Trevor Hoyt has the nation's fourth fastest time (1:55.24) and Koon the 10th best time (1:56.18). Liivamagi owns the nation's seventh-best mark in the 100 breast (53.25) and ninth-best in the 200 IM (1:45.49). Senior Mathias Gydesen has the eighth-best time in the 100 back (47.15) and ninth-best in the 100 fly (47.24). Freshman Adam Hinshaw has the 10th-best mark in the 1650 free (15:02.99). In the relays, Cal has the nation's fourth-best times in the 200 medley (1:26.23, sophomore Marcin Tarczynski, Liivamagi, Shields, freshman Fabio Gimondi) and 800 free (6:26.30, Shields, sophomore Sam Metz, junior Ben Hinshaw, freshman Will Hamilton), and sixth-best time in the 200 free (1:18.28, freshman Tyler Messerschmidt, sophomore Shayne Fleming, Gimondi, junior Dana Foster). Overall the Bears have 52 times that are NCAA B Standards, including the 200 and 400 medley relays; and the 200, 400 and 800 free relays.
2010-11 in Review
Last March in Minneapolis, David Durden led the Bears to their first NCAA team title since 1980 (31 years) with a dominating 493 to 470.5 point victory over second place Texas in the team standings. At the 2011 NCAA meet, Durden's squad collected seven titles - the 50 and 100 frees (senior Nathan Adrian), the 100 back (sophomore Tom Shields), the 100 breast (senior Damir Dugonjic), the 400 free relay (Graeme Moore, Josh Daniels, Shields and Adrian), the 200 medley relay (Guy Barnea, Dugonjic, Moore and Adrian) and the 400 medley relay (Barnea, Dugonjic, Shields and Adrian).
Head Coach David Durden
David Durden is in his fifth season at Cal, leading the Bears to the 2011 NCAA team title and owning a 24-8 (.750) dual meet record. Durden was both the 2010 and 2011 Pac-10 Coach of the Year and NCAA Coach of the Meet. In 2011, he mentored four individual national champions (Nathan Adrian 50 and 100 free, Damir Dugonjic 100 breast, Tom Shields 100 back) and three relay national titles (400 free relay, 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.