June 5, 2013
BERKELEY - A contingent of swimmers from the Cal men's swimming program had some stellar performances last week (May 30-June 2) at The Arena Grand Prix, held at the George F. Haines International Swim Center in Santa Clara, Calif. Most notably from this group of Golden Bears was former Cal standout Nathan Adrian, a 2012 Olympic gold medalist who captured both the meet's 50 and 100 free in record time.
Adrian, who won the 2012 Olympic gold medal in the 100 free at the London Games and helped the Bears to the 2011 NCAA team title, swam a meet record 48.08 in the 100-meter free (long course meters) and won the 50-meter free in a meet record 21.76. Another Cal Olympic gold medalist, Anthony Ervin (who won the 50 free at the 2000 Olympics), was third in the 50 free at Santa Clara with a mark of 22.07, while Bear junior Shayne Fleming was ninth with a time of 23.06. Ervin had placed sixth (49.93) in the 100 free, and Cal sophomore Fabio Gimondi placed eighth (50.56), as well.
Other top performances were freshman Josh Prenot placing fourth in the 200 breast (2:14.40) and sixth in the 200 IM (2:02.91), Jacob Pebley finishing fifth in the 200 back (1:59.33) and seventh in the 100 back (55.22).
Prenot was the 2013 Pac-12 Newcomer of the Year and the conference champion in the 400 IM. Shields just concluded his Cal career winning the 100 and 200 fly at the 2013 NCAA champions and captured a total of 11 NCAA titles (either individual or relays) and 17 Pac-10/12 titles. Pebley is the Bears' school record holder in the 200-yard back (1:39.71).
Another notable accomplishment was the performance of junior Jeremy Bagshaw, who placed sixth in the 800 free (8:07.14), eighth in the 400 free (3:54.53) and swam the anchor leg of the champion 800 free relay.
A final top 10 finisher for the Bears in Santa Clara was sophomore Adam Hinshaw, who placed sixth in the 400 IM (4:24.48) and ninth in the 200 IM with a time of 2:05.07.
"We had some impressive performances, which was nice to see with the World Championship Trials coming soon (June 25-29 in Indianapolis)," said Durden, the 2013 Pac-12 Coach of the Year after leading the Bears to a perfect 7-0 dual meet mark and the 2013 Pac-12 Conference title. "It is always important to have a strong showing at one of the premier meets in Northern California."
Cal swimmers will next be competing this week, June 7-9, at the 2013 TYR Fran Crippen Memorial Swim Meet of Champions in Mission Viejo, Calif.