March 3, 2013
FEDERAL WAY, WASH. -Powered by a conference title in the 200 medley relay (1:24.42, junior Tony Cox, senior Trevor Hoyt, senior Tom Shields, junior Shayne Fleming) and a runner-up finish in the 800 free relay, the No. 2-ranked Cal men's swimming team sits in first place after Day One (Sunday, March 3) of the 2013 Pac-12 Men's Swimming and Diving Championship in Federal Way, Wash.
The Golden Bears, the defending 2011 and 2012 NCAA team champions, have now won the conference's 200 medley relay title for the sixth year in a row. The Bears are trying to snap Stanford's streak of 31-straight conference team titles in 2013.
Cal's 800 free relay team of freshman Trent Williams, Shields, freshman Michael Haney and sophomore Will Hamilton had a strong showing with its conference runner-up finish, trailing USC, 6:16.88 to 6:18.83. Cal is leading the Pac-12 meet with 74 points, followed by USC (70), Stanford (66) and Arizona (62) among the top four teams.
"These were two solid relays for us to start the session," said Cal coach David Durden. "The 200 medley relay was a good win for us to begin the competition. Trent (Williams) lead-off of the 800 free relay was a nice swim to set the tone for that relay. 6:18 is a strong time for that foursome."
On Monday (March 4), the Bears will be competing in the 500 free, the 200 IM, the 50 free and the 200 freestyle relay.