Another one of David Durden’s former standouts has performed well at the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona, as Slovenia’s Damir Dugonjic placed fourth in the 100-meter breaststroke Monday (July 29) at Palau Sanit Jordi.
Dugonjic, who swam Durden’s Golden Bears from 2008 through 2011 – winning three NCAA titles and owning Cal’s school record in the 100-yard breast (50.86, set in 2009) – clocked a time of 59.68 in Barcelona. Australia’s Christian Sprenger won the event with a mark of 58.79.
On Sunday, two former Bear Olympic gold medalists, Nathan Adrian and Anthony Ervin, helped Team USA capture a silver medal in the 400 free relay. Dugonjic competed for Slovenia in both the 2008 and 2012 Olympics and was a member of NCAA championship 200 and 400 medley relays with Adrian in 2010 and 2011.
Adrian, the gold medal winner in the 100 free at the 2012 London Olympics, propelled the Americans to the lead on Sunday after opening the relay with a mark of 47.95 after the first 100 meters. Ryan Lochte was overtaken by Australia’s Cameron McEvoy, before Ervin, the 50 free gold medalist in 2000, recaptured the lead for Team USA, swimming the third leg in a time of 47.44.
Unfortunately for the United States, France’s Jeremy Stravius edged James Feigen, 47.59 to 48.23, in the anchor leg to earn his country a gold medal tipping the Americans, 3:11.18 to 3:11.42.
Adrian, who helped the Bears to the 2011 NCAA team title along with Dugonjic, will be competing in the 50 and 100-meter freestyle in Barcelona after winning the 50 and 100 free earlier this summer at the Phillips 66 National Championships and World Championship Trials in Indianapolis.
Ervin, who finished second to Adrian in the 50 free and was third in the 100 free in Indianapolis, will also be competing in the 50 free in Spain. The last World Championships Ervin competed in was exactly 10 years ago, in 2003, at Palau Sanit Jordi in Barcelona.
Adrian's 100 free heats and semifinals with be held Wednesday, July 31, with the final on Thursday, Aug. 1. The 50 free heats and semifinals for Adrian and Ervin are slated for Friday, Aug. 2, and the 50 free finals will be Saturday, Aug. 3. For a complete listing of the television schedule for the World Championships, please click here. For results of the world championships, click here.