AUSTIN, TEXAS – Cal men’s swimmers, under the guidance of coach David Durden, are thriving at the 2014 Arena Grand Prix in Austin (Texas). During the first two days of the prestigious three-day long course meters meet held at the Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center on the campus of the University of Texas, Golden Bear me have won four events, including freshman Ryan Murphy (1:57.29) and sophomore Jacob Pebley (1:57.50) placing 1-2 in the 200 back on Saturday (Jan. 18).
Also on Saturday, two Cal Olympic gold medalists – Nathan Adrian and Anthony Ervin – were 1-2 in the 50 free with times of 21.89 and 22.48, respectively. Adrian won the 100 free at the 2012 London Olympics, while Ervin won the 50 free at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Both Adrian and Ervin train under Durden at Cal’s Spieker Aquatics Complex, as does Olympic standout and Cal graduate Natalie Coughlin, who won the women’s 50 free (25.17) Saturday.
Yet another winner representing the Bears was Tom Shields, the meet champion in the 100 fly (52.72) on Friday. Adrian had placed first the 100 free (48.26) on Friday, and Ervin was fourth (49.42).
Cal senior Jeremy Bagshaw was sixth in the 400 free (3:54.96) on Friday and was eighth in the 200 free (1:52.51) on Saturday. Shields placed fifth in the 200 free (1:51.12).
Bear sophomore Josh Prenot produced another outstanding performance for the Cal contingent with a third place finish in the 400 IM (4:19.13).