BERKELEY – The No. 3-ranked California men's swimming team (3-0), winners of 10 straight dual meets carrying over from last season, will host No. 5 ranked and Bay Area rival Stanford (2-0) in a Triple-Distance Meet on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 2 p.m. at Spieker Aquatics Complex. Wednesday's meet will not count towards either team's dual-meet record, but it will feature some of the very best collegiate swimmers in the nation competing in a non-standard event schedule.
In the Triple-Distance Meet, athletes divide into specialty groups that compete with one another in three races to determine a specialty champion in each of swimming's six event domains: sprinters (50, 100, 200 free), distance swimmers (200, 500, 1000 free), butterflyers (50, 100, 200 butterfly), breaststrokers (50, 100, 200 breaststroke), backstrokers (50, 100, 200 backstroke) and individual medlyists (100, 200, 400 IM). Individual champions will be recognized in each domain as the athlete with the fastest cumulative times from three events.
The official Pac-12 dual meet between the two Bay Area teams will be Saturday, Feb. 22 at 11 a.m. at Stanford’s Avery Aquatics Center.
Last year, Cal finished second at the NCAA championships, while the Cardinal placed seventh. The Bears also snapped Stanford’s 31-year streak of winning the conference meet last season, capturing the Pac-12 title for the first time since 1981. In the spring of 2013, the Bears also defeated the Cardinal in dual meet competition 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, defeated Big 10 foe Indiana, 173-122, on Oct. 11 at Spieker Aquatics Complex, and most recently topped Wisconsin, 151-131, last Friday at home.
A top sprint freestyler for the Bears this season has been sophomore Tyler Messerschmidt, who was a member of Cal’s NCAA champion 200 free and 400 medley relays as a freshman in 2012. This year, Messerschmidt has won the 50 and 100 free in the first two of the Bears’ three dual meet competitions, and won the 100 and 200 free last week versus Wisconsin.
The Bears will again vie for an NCAA crown in 2014, after winning the national crown in 2011 and 2012. Leading Cal will be two individual champions from 2012 –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 Prenot and Jacob 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.