BERKELEY – In the first of two straight battles between the Pac-12 and the Big 10 at Spieker Aquatics Complex, David Durden’s Cal men’s swimming and diving team will be hosting Indiana this Friday (Oct. 11) at 1 p.m. The Golden Bears, last year’s national runners-up after winning the NCAA team title in 2011 and 2012, welcome a Hoosier squad that finished ninth at the NCAA meet in 2013. The last time Cal faced Indiana in a dual meet was Nov. 14, 2006, with the Bears prevailing, 202-157.
Following the meet against Indiana, Cal will host Wisconsin on Friday, Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. at Spieker Aquatics. Last season, the Bears were undefeated in dual meet competition, going 7-0, including defeating Stanford for the first time since 2005.
Cal opened its 2013-14 dual meet season with a 149-104 victory over Pacific on Oct. 3 in Berkeley. Against the Tigers, the Bears were led by multiple victories from senior Jeremy Bagshaw and sophomore Tyler Messerschmidt. Bagshaw, a senior from Victoria, British Columbia, captured the 200 (1:40.01) and 500 free (4:29.89), while Messerschmidt from Phoenix, Ariz. won the 50 (20.16) and 100 free (44.55).
Messerschmidt also was a member of the Golden Bears’ winning 200 medley relay, swimming the freestyle leg along with freshman backstroker Sven Campbell, sophomore breaststroker Josh Prenot and senior butterflyer Marcin Tarczynski (1:31.47).
Other individual winners for Cal against Pacific included freshman Janardan Burns in the 1000 free (9:38.27), freshman Long Gutierrez in the 200 fly (1:49.51), Tarczynski in the 100 back (48.84) and Prenot in the 200 breast (2:01.76).
The Bears will again vie for an NCAA crown in 2014. Leading Cal will be two individual champions from 2012 – senior Tarczynski (200 individual medley) and junior Will Hamilton (200 butterfly) – plus four members (Fleming, juniors Seth Stubblefield and Fabio Gimondi, 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.