March 1, 2011
BERKELEY - Wed.-Sat. March 2-5 at 2011 Pac-10 Championships, Belmont Plaza Pool, Long Beach, Calif. All Day
The California men's swimming and diving team (4-1, 3-1 Pac-10) - which in 2009-10 placed second at the NCAA championships with three individual champions (Nathan Adrian 100 free, Damir Dugonjic 100 breast, Tom Shields 100 fly) and four relay titles (200 and 400 free, 200 and 400 medley) - competes at the 2011 Pac-10 Swimming Championships this week (Wed.-Sat.) at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach (click 2011 Pac-10 Swim Championship Central). The Golden Bears will be looking to snap Stanford's streak of 29 straight conference team titles. In fact, the last school to win the Pac-10 meet was Cal in 1980 and 1981. Fourth-year head coach David Durden, the 2010 Pac-10 and NCAA Coach of the Meet, has another talented squad that not only includes seniors Adrian and Dugonjic and sophomore standout Shields (2010 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year), but three other NCAA relay champions (seniors Guy Barnea, Graeme Moore, Josh Daniels) and six additional 2010 All-Americans - senior Martti Aljand, juniors Mathias Gydesen, Martin Liivamagi, Nolan Koon and Robert Sullivan, and sophomore Ben Hinshaw.
Golden Bears Gear Up For 2011 Pac-10 Championships:
Currently, the Bears have automatic NCAA qualifiers in the 50 and 100 free (Adrian, 19.05 - nation's top time, 41.35), in the 200 fly (Shields, 1:42.79) and the 200 medley relay (1:25.39, Gydesen, Koon, Shields, Adrian). Cal has 43 additional times that are NCAA B qualifiers, including the four other relays. The Bears feature their share of returning 2010 Pac-10 champions. Adrian won the 50 and 100 free after earning Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year honors in 2009. Dugonjic was the 2010 Pac-10 winner in the 100 breast, Shields captured the 100 fly and Liivamagi won the 200 IM title. The Bears are also the defending conference champions in the 400 free, and the 200 and 400 medley relays. Cal owns seven Pac-10 championship meet records as well. Adrian is the record-holder in the 50 (18.82 in 2009), 100 (41.64 in 2009) and 200 free (1:32.98 in 2009). Dugonjic is the conference meet record-holder in the 100 breast (51.41 in 2009). Senior Aljand owns the meet record in the 200 IM (1:43.59 in 2009), while the Bears' 200 medley relay (1:23.98, David Russell, Dugonjic, Moore, Bennett Clark, 2009) and 400 medley relay (3:03.30, David Russell, Dugonjic, Moore, Adrian, 2009) are the conference meet record-holders.
2009-10 in Review/2011 Prospectus:
At the 2010 NCAA championships, the Bears won at least one national title each of the three days on their way to seven championships and a runner-up team finish. 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 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). 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 meet's final event (2:48.78). The Bears' second place NCAA finish was the best for Cal since it was runner-up in 1986 with Matt Biondi. The Bears' four NCAA relay titles were also the most in school history. Cal returns 12 of 14 All-Americans from last season, including all members of the national champion 200, 400 free and 200 and 400 medley relays, plus junior Liivamagi, who was the 2010 Pac-10 champion in the 200 IM and owns the school-record with a time of 1:43.05.
Head Coach David Durden:
David Durden is in his fourth season at Cal, owning a 20-7 (.741) 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.