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  Peter Rocca
Peter Rocca

Player Profile

The swimmer led the resurgence of California Swimming making the Bears a national powerhouse...was the first major recruit to come to Cal under Nort Thornton, starting a stampede of great players to follow...lettered four years from 1976 to '79 and led the Bears on a climb up the NCAA ladder from 11th to 8th to 3rd to the NCAA title, Cal's first, in 1979...won the NCAA individual title in the 200 backstroke in '79 with a then-school record 1:46.21, a mark that still stands in the upper echelon of the record books...also earned All-American honors in the 200-IM and 100-backstroke that season...earned All-American honors in 17 different events during his college career, missing only the 1977 NCAA championships due to mononucleosis...first broke onto the international scene the fall of his freshman year when he won the 1975 Pan Am gold medal in the 100-meter backstroke...won the silver medal in both the 100- and 200-backstroke at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal...also played one year of water polo at Cal in 1976.

Cal Bears Men's Swimming & Diving