STANFORD - In a dominating performance against its arch rival, the Cal men's swimming and diving team won all 11 of the swimming events in a 169-74 victory at Stanford Saturday (Feb. 22) at Avery Aquatic Center. The Golden Bears, led by two wins apiece by senior Jeremy Bagshaw (500 and 1000 free) and Tyler Messerschmidt (50 and 100 free), finish the 2013-14 dual meet season 8-0 and have now won 15 straight dual meets the past two years.
Stanford was 7-0 in dual meets entering the contest. Cal also won both relays today, including setting an Avery Aquatic Center pool record in the 200 medley relay (1:26.77, snapping the old record of 1:27.19 set by Stanford in 2002) behind the swims of freshman Ryan Murphy, junior Chuck Katis, senior Tony Cox and junior Seth Stubblefield.
The Bears won the meet's final event - the 200 free relay - with a time of 1:19.52 (Messerschmidt, senior Shayne Fleming, junior Fabio Gimondi, Stubblefield).
Bagshaw, who owns the nation’s top time in the 1000 free this season, clocked a time of 9:04.20 in that event while winning the 500 free with a mark of 4:20.85. Messerschmidt captured the sprint events, winning the 50 free in 20.13 and the 100 free in 43.39.
The only competition Stanford won in the meet was on the one-meter and three-meter diving where defending NCAA champion Kristian Ipsen placed first with marks of 440.48 and 463.05, respectively.
“It is always good to come out on top in a dual meet against your rival,” said Durden. “To defeat Stanford is important for our team and our fans. It gives us momentum as we enter the championship part of our season.”
The Bears’ divers will next compete at the 2014 Pac-12 Diving Championships, Feb. 27-March 1 in Federal Way, Wash. The Cal men swimmers next compete at the 2014 Pac-12 Swimming Championships, March 5-8, in Federal Way. The Bears are the defending Pac-12 team champions after snapping Stanford’s streak of 31-straght conference titles in 2013.