April 17, 2010
WALNUT CREEK, CALIF. - The University of California men's swimming and diving program, national runner-ups at the 2010 NCAA championships, was acknowledged by the Pac-10 Conference as Cal's third-year coach David Durden was named 2010 Pac-10 Coach of the Year and freshman standout Tom Shields was selected Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, conference commissioner Larry Scott announced.
Durden led the Golden Bears to a second place finish at the NCAA Championships, the best finish for Cal since placing as the national runners-up in 1986 with Matt Biondi. He coached the Bears to three individual national crowns (Nathan Adrian in the 100 free, Damir Dugonjic in the 100 breast, Shields in the 100 fly) and four relay national titles (200 and 400 free relays, 200 and 400 medley relays), and was named the 2010 NCAA Mens Swimming and Diving Championships Coach of the Meet. Cal placed higher than any other conference school at the NCAA meet, being edge only by Texas, 500-469.5.
Freshman Shields was a huge contributor for Cal this season. At the Pac-10 Mens Swimming Championship, the Huntington Beach, Calif. native won the 100 fly, finished as the runner-up in the 200 fly and placed third in the 200 free. At the NCAA Championships he earned a national title in the 100 fly (44.91) and finished as the national runner-up in the 200 fly, setting a new school record of 1:41.52. Shields also made an impact on the relays, helping the 400 free relay win the national title with a time of 2:48.78 and the 400 medley relay take first with a mark of 3:02.83.
In other Pac-10 news, the Bears had four members of the 2010 squad selected first-team all-academic, and four additional athletes named second-team all-academic. Included on the Pac-10 first-team all-academic squad were Adrian (3.75), junior Guy Barnea (3.52), sophomore Miller Douglas (3.66) and junior Nick Ferrif (3.50). Second-team all-academic picks were senior Peter Davis (3.05 political science), junior Andrew Godbe (3.03 film), sophomore Nolan Koon (3.13) and sophomore Isaac Howell (3.13).
Beyond winning the NCAA 100 free for the second year in a row, Adrian was also a member of Cal's national champion 200 free, 400 free and 400 medley relays. Barnea was a member of the Bears' NCAA title 200 free, 200 medley and 400 medley relays.