Jan. 22, 2011
TUCSON, ARIZ. - The No. 4-ranked California men's swimming and diving team - paced by sophomore standout Tom Shields' victories in the 200 free, 100 fly and 200 fly - defeated No. 2-ranked Arizona, 174.5-123.5 Saturday (Jan. 22) at the Hillenbrand Aquatics Center in Tucson. The Golden Bears, who had fallen in dual meet competition to the Wildcats in each of the last four meetings, today captured nine of the meet's races, won both the 200 medley and the 400 free relays and finished 1-2 in seven events.
Shields, who as a freshman won the NCAA title in the 100 fly, captured the 200 free in 1:37.57, the 200 fly in 1:49.57 and the 100 fly in 47.85. He also swam the anchor leg of the Bears' 400 free relay with seniors Nathan Adrian, Graeme Moore and Josh Daniels that won with a mark of 2:56.27.
Sprint star Adrian was also a multiple winner, topping the field in the 50 (19.62) and 100 free (43.83), while Moore was second in both events with times of 20.28 and 44.35, respectively.
Other individual winners included senior and two-time defending NCAA champion Damir Dugonjic in the 100 breast (54.46), and junior Martin Liivamagi in the 200 IM (1:49.47). The Bears ended up going 1-2-3 in the 200 IM with freshman Marcin Tarczynski placing second (1:50.40) and senior Martti Aljand third (1:50.59).
The Bears won the opening race of the meet - placing first in the 200 medley relay behind senior Guy Barnea, Dugonjic, Moore and Daniels (1:23.38).
Cal senior diver Thomas Henninger also won the one-meter diving competition with 320.93, and placed second on the three-meter board with a 299.18.
"We were just good enough to win today against a competitive Arizona team," said Cal coach David Durden. "We some nice performances over the last two days (152-135 victory Friday at Arizona State), and we are looking forward to getting back home to work on some areas where we want to get better. Today, it was key for us that Tom Shields was able to pick up wins in his three individual races."
Cal men's swimming and diving team's next competition will be Friday, Feb. 4 when it hosts USC at 1 p.m. at Spieker Aquatics Complex.