SANTA CLARA – Former Golden Bear standout Anthony Ervin continues to impress as the 2000 Olympic gold medalist placed second in the 50-meter freestyle Saturday at the Arena Grand Prix at Santa Clara. Ervin, who competed at Cal from 2000-03, produced a time of 22.58, trailing only Brazil’s Bruno Fratus (22.03).
On Friday, Ervin had placed sixth in the 100 free with a time of 50.03.
Other highlights for Cal swimmers on Saturday were junior to be Jacob Pebley placing fourth in the 200 back (1:59.92), while senior Seth Stubblefield was sixth (23.31) and junior Tyler Messerschmidt (23.43) ninth in the 50 free B Final.
On Friday, former Golden Bear star Tom Shields and 22-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps raced to a tie in the 100-meter butterfly, while Cal Olympic gold medalist Nathan Adrian topped Phelps in the 100-meter freestyle.
Both Shields and Phelps swam the 100 fly in 52.11 seconds. Adrian won the 100 free in 48.17, topping Phelps’ 48.80.
Shields competed at Cal from 2010-13, while Adrian swam for the Bears from 2007-11. The two swimmers (Adrian 13, Shields 17) won a combined 30 NCAA titles (individual and relays) while leading Cal to NCAA team titles in 2011 and 2012 under coach David Durden.
The Arena Grand Prix at Santa Clara serves as a key tune-up meet for the 2014 Phillips 66 National Championships, slated for Aug. 6-10 in Irvine, Calif.