April 12, 2013
WALNUT CREEK, CALIF. - The 2012-13 California men's swimming program earned a pair of accolades from the Pac-12 Conference Thursday (March 11) as freshman Josh Prenot was named Pac-12 Men's Swimming Freshman/Newcomer of the Year, while head coach David Durden was named Pac-12 Men's Swimming Coach of the Year, the Conference office announced. The awards were voted on by the Pac-12 head men's swimming coaches.
Prenot broke the Cal school record in the 400 IM at the Georgia Fall Invitational in November and bettered the mark at the NCAA Championships in March with a time of 3:40.49. The Orcutt, Calif. native won this first career Pac-12 title in the event at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash. Prenot went on to finish fourth in the 400 IM at the NCAA championships and holds the fourth-fastest time in the nation in the event this year. He added a pair of fifth-place finishes in the 200 IM and 200 breaststroke at the national meet as well.
Cal's Durden was named the Pac-12 Men's Swimming Coach of the Year for the fourth year in a row after a season in which the Bears claimed their first conference title since 1981, upending Stanford's streak of 31 straight conference crowns, and finished second at the NCAA championships. Durden, who led Cal to NCAA team titles in 2011 and 2012, sent a league-high 16 swimmers to Indianapolis for the NCAA meet. His squad entered the NCAA Championships with a No. 2 national ranking, and Cal swimmers claimed two individual national titles (100 and 200 fly by senior Tom Shields) and three runner-up finishes at the national meet. The Bears have finished in the top two at the NCAA championships in four of Durden's six seasons at the helm.