KNOXVILLE, TENN. – Sophomore Josh Prenot’s silver medal in the 400 IM and freshman Ryan Murphy’s bronze in the 100 back were the individual highlights for the Cal men’s swimming team during an outstanding second day (Dec. 6) of the 2013 Winter Nationals in Knoxville, Tenn. The Golden Bears also placed second in the final race of the day – the 800 free relay – behind the swims of sophomore Tyler Messerschmidt, freshman Long Gutierrez, sophomore Trent Williams and senior Jeremy Bagshaw.
Additionally, Cal had its second alum win a gold medal, as standout breaststroker Damir Dugonjic, who competed for David Durden’s squad from 2008-2011, placed first in the 100 breast (51.93).
Prenot, who as a freshman was the Pac-12 champion in the 400 IM and was named the conference’s Newcomer of the Year, placed second Friday in his premier event with a time of 3:43.86. Teammate Adam Hinshaw was fourth in the 400 IM with a time of 3:48.67.
Freshman Murphy led Cal’s talented backstroking crew with his bronze in the 100 back with a time of 45.77, while sophomore Jacob Pebley placed sixth in the 100 back final with a mark of 46.76.
Another highlight for the Bears in Day Two of the Winter Nationals were Cal’s 200 medley relay team of Murphy, senior Ryan Studebaker, senior Marcin Tarczynski and Messerschmidt placing fifth in the 200 medley relay (1:26.64), while Gutierrez was the B Final champion (ninth place) in the 200 free (1:36.08).
On Thursday, the Bears started the meet with a second-place finish in the 200 free relay (1:17.78) behind strong swims from Murphy, Messerschmidt, junior Henry Chung and junior Seth Stubblefield. Cal also garnered a pair of fourth-place finishes. Bagshaw was fourth in the 500 free with a time of 4:16.15, and Prenot finished fourth in the 200 IM with a mark of 1:44.18.
In the 50 free final, Cal alumnus Nathan Adrian won gold with a time of 18.89 for Cal Aquatics. Messerschmidt was seventh in the 50 free with a time of 19.64. In the last event Thursday, the Bears’ 400 medley relay team of Murphy, Prenot, Stubblefield and senior Fabio Gimondi placed fifth with a mark of 3:10.56.
The Winter National’s conclude Saturday with the prelims and the finals of the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly and 400 free relay. Cal currently sits in third place in the teams standings with 148.5 points, trailing only Michigan (230) and SwimMAC Carolina (215).