BERKELEY – Led by freshman Janardan Burns, a member of the U.S. National Junior Team in the 10K open water competition, the Cal men’s swimming team continues the early part of its 2012-13 season with Sunday’s (Sept. 29) Tiburon Mile Swim.
Robert C. Placak founded The Tiburon Mile in 1999, and members of the Golden Bears' squad will swim one nautical mile from San Francisco Bay's Angel Island to the shores of Downtown Tiburon.
Besides being a member of the 2012-2013 National team for 10K open water, Burns participated in the 2012 Junior Pan-Pacific Championships in Honolulu, swimming the 100, 200, 400, and 1500 meter freestyles, and placing third in the Open Water 10K. At Aliso Niguel High School, he was the 2012 CIF Southern Section Champion in the 500 freestyle.
Following the Tiberon Mile, David Durden’s squad will host Pacific on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 1 p.m. at Spieker Aquatics Complex in its first dual meet of the 2013-14 season.
The Bears will again vie for an NCAA crown in 2014 after winning national championships in 2011 and 2012 and finishing as the runners-up in 2013. Leading Cal will be two individual champions from 2012 – senior Marcin Tarczynski (200 individual medley) and junior Will Hamilton (200 butterfly) – plus four members (senior Shayne Fleming, juniors Seth Stubblefield and Fabio Gimondi, sophomore Tyler Messerschmidt) of title-winning relays. Additionally, Cal features standout sophomores Josh Prenot and Jacob Pebley (third in the NCAAs in the 200 backstroke), plus star recruit Ryan Murphy, one of the nation’s top young backstrokers who was third in the 200 back at this summer’s U.S. national championships.