BERKELEY – Led by seven different individual champions, the No. 3-ranked Cal men’s swimming and diving team (3-0) won the meet’s first nine events on the way to a 151-131 dual meet victory over No. 18 Wisconsin, Friday (Nov. 1) at Spieker Aquatics Complex.
David Durden’s squad, last year’s national runners-up after winning the NCAA team title in 2011 and 2012, were paced by victories in the 100 (44.06) and 200 free (1:37.79) by sophomore Tyler Messerschmidt. Other individual winners included senior Jeremy Bagshaw in the 1000 free (9:02.45), senior Marcin Tarczynski in the 200 fly (1:47.23), junior Seth Stubblefield in the 50 free with an impressive 19.99, sophomore Jacob Pebley in the 100 back (48.84), sophomore Josh Prenot in the 100 breast (55.31) and freshman Ryan Murphy in the 200 back (1:43.13).
The Golden Bears also captured the opening 200 medley relay behind the swims of Murphy, senior Ryan Studebaker, sophomore Nick Dillinger and senior Shayne Fleming with a time of 1:29.54.
Cal swam the final four events as exhibition with freshman Long Gutierrez tallying the fast time in the 500 free (4:31.04), Stubblefield had the fastest time in the 100 fly (47.78) and Tarczynski had the best mark in the 200 IM (1:48.84). The Bears also touched the wall first in the final 400 free relay (2:59.07, Messerschmidt, Fleming, Gutierrez, senior Fabio Gimondi).
“I thought with the great weather on Nov. 1 it brought out a lot of excitement to the meet,” said Durden. “We had some strong performances from several people in the two to three events they swam. Seth Stubblefield was outstanding in the 50 free as was Tyler Messerschmidt in the 200 free. Jeremy Bagshaw swam the last part of his 1000 free well and Long Gutierrez finished strong in his 500 free.”
Cal wrapped up its fall dual meet schedule with its win over Big 10 Wisconsin. The Bears will next host Stanford in a triple-distance meet on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. at Spieker Aquatics Complex. Cal has won 10 straight dual meets since the beginning of last season, including going 7-0 in dual meets during the 2012-13 campaign.
The Bears will again vie for an NCAA crown in 2014. Leading Cal will be two individual champions from 2012 –Tarczynski (200 individual medley) and junior Will Hamilton (200 butterfly) – plus four members (Fleming, Stubblefield, Gimondi, Messerschmidt) of title-winning relays. Additionally, Cal features standout sophomores Prenot (2013 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year) and Pebley (third in the NCAAs in the 200 backstroke), plus star recruit Murphy, one of the nation’s top young backstrokers who was third in the 200 back at this summer’s U.S. national championships.