Feb. 23, 2013
BERKELEY -In front of a packed crowd at Spieker Aquatics Complex, the No. 2-ranked Cal men's swimming and diving team upended Stanford, 139-104, Saturday (Feb. 23) to finish the 2012-13 dual meet season undefeated (7-0) and defeat the Bay Area rival Cardinal for the first time since 2005. Senior Tom Shields was again outstanding for the Golden Bears, winning the 200 free (1:34.70) and 100 fly (46.02).
Shields' mark of 46.02 in the 100 fly was the second fastest time in the nation this year, while his time of 1:34.70 in the 200 free was the nation's sixth fastest.
"More important than the score, I thought we had several good swims today from a lot of different people, which is important entering into the Pac-12 meet (March 3-5 in Federal Way, Wash.) and then the NCAA championships (March 28-30 in Indianapolis)" said Cal coach David Durden. "Our team is doing a good job of keeping focused, and that is what is really important."
Besides defeating Stanford in a dual meet for the first time since Feb. 19, 2005 (also at Spieker Aquatics Complex), it was also the first time Cal finished its dual meet schedule undefeated since finishing 9-0 in 2005. The Bears are the defending 2011 and 2012 NCAA team champions.
Joining Shields as an individual champions Saturday were sophomore Adam Hinshaw in the 1000 free (9:02.77), junior Shayne Fleming in the 50 free (20.10), freshman Josh Prenot in the 400 IM (3:51.43) and Jeremy Bagshaw in the 500 free (4:24.01). The Bears also captured the meet's final event, the 200 free relay (1:19.89), behind the swims of Fleming, sophomore Fabio Gimondi, freshman Nick Dillinger and sophomore Seth Stubblefield.
Cal was also bolstered by its diving corps, with freshman Collin Pollard placing second in both the one-meter (351.60) and three-meter board (364.73), and sophomore Thomas Selby finishing third on the one-meter (344.85).