Several Cal water polo players, both past and present, were involved in the 2010 USA Water Polo Men's National Championships this past Aug. 6-8 in Orange County. In the championship match, Jeff Tyrrell and his New York Athletic Club team upended the San Francisco Olympic Club, 11-5. Members of the Olympic Club with Cal connections included assistant coach and goalie Sean Nolan and members of the Bears' 2006 and 2007 national championship squads - Spencer Warden, Mark Sheredy, Frank Reynolds, Kevin Platshon, Adam Haley, Brian Bacharach and Zac Monsees. Cal's Lamorinda Club Team, which placed third, had current Bears Wil Toppen, Zach White, Brian Dudley, Ivan Rackov, Charlie Steffens, Cory Nasoff, Zach Greenwood, Scott Siegel, Steve Giahos and Marker Anderson.
Cal standout Nathan Adrian again showed why he is one of the world's top sprinters as he captured both the 50 and 100-meter free at the 2010 ConocoPhillips National Championships, held Aug. 3-7 at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine, Calif. Adrian assured himself a spot on the United States' squad that will compete at the 2010 Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships, August 18-23, in Irvine (with squads from the United States, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and Brazil) by winning the 50 free in a time of 21.70 and the 100 free in 48.41. Both his 50 and 100 free times were the second fastest times in the world this season.
Former Cal standout right-hander Brandon Morrow threw a near no-hitter for the Toronto Blue Jays Sunday, August 8 in a 1-0 shutout of the Tampa Bay Rays in Toronto. Morrow, who has the distinction of being the highest draft pick ever in Cal
baseball history despite being diabetic, threw a complete game and was one out away from the no-hitter when Evan Longoria hit a ground ball just out of the reach of Blue Jay second baseman Aaron Hill. Morrow still finished with his first Major League complete game and a career-high 17 strikeouts. After an impressive 2005
summer in the Cape Cod League and a 2006 spring with the Bears (7-4,
2.05 ERA, 97 strikeouts in 96.2 innings) under the tutelage head coach David Esquer and pitching coach Dan Hubbs,
the hard-throwing right-hander was selected a first-rounder, and the
fifth pick overall, by the Seattle Mariners in the 2006 June draft.