BERKELEY – Senior Shayne Fleming and the rest of coach David Durden’s Cal men’s swimmers will open their 2013-14 dual meet season this Thursday (Oct. 3) versus Pacific at 1 p.m. at Spieker Aquatics Complex. Fleming, a 6-7 sprint freestyler from San Jose, has a close connection to the Tigers as his younger brother, Casey, is a member of both Pacific’s swimming and men’s water polo teams.
The two brothers both attended Valley Christian High School and are both 6-7. Shayne is one of seven seniors on this year’s Golden Bear swimming squad and is a 2012 NCAA champion, swimming the second leg of Cal’s title-winning 200 free relay. Casey Fleming is a key player on Pacific’s No. 3-ranked water polo team that will face the No. 4-ranked Bears’ water polo team this Saturday, Oct. 5 at 10:30 a.m. at Spieker Aquatics Complex.
Following the Pacific dual meet, Cal will have two more fall non-conference dual meets – Friday, Oct. 11 at 1 p.m. at Spieker Aquatics Complex versus Indiana, and Friday, Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. at Spieker Aquatics versus Wisconsin. Last season, the Bears were undefeated in dual meet competition, going 7-0, including defeating Stanford for the first time since 2005.
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 (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.