March 4, 2011
LONG BEACH, CALIF. -Senior Damir Dugonjic captured the Pac-10 title in the 100 breast (51.88) for the third year in a row and sophomore Tom Shields picked up the conference crown in the 100 back (45.65) during the third day of the 2011 Pac-10 Championships Friday (March 4) at the Belmont Plaza Pool in Long Beach. The Golden Bears also won the day's final event, the 400 medley relay, behind the strong swims of junior Mathias Gydesen, Dugonjic, Shields and senior Nathan Adrian (3:05.92).
After the strong showing Friday, Cal only trails Stanford, 599-580. The Cardinal have won the Pac-10 meet 29 straight seasons.
The Bears had an extremely impressive effort in the 100 breast. Not only did Dugonjic win the 100 breast for the third time, junior Nolan Koon was second (52.54), senior Nick Ferrif was third (52.77) and senior Martti Aljand was fourth (52.81) to give Cal 68 points.
Other top swims for the Bears Friday were in the 100 fly. Shields placed second with an NCAA automatic time of 44.78, senior Graeme Moore was third (46.20), Adrian was fourth (46.21), sophomore Austin Brown was fifth (46.66) and Gydesen was seventh (46.85) to give the Bears 74 points.
On Saturday, Cal will attempt to dethrone Stanford when it competes in the 1,650 free, the 200 back, the 100 free, the 200 breast, the 200 fly and the 400 free relay. Adrian is the defending Pac-10 and NCAA champ in the 100 free and the Bears are also the defending Pac-10 and NCAA champions in the 400 free relay.
On Thursday, Adrian had captured the Pac-10 title in the 50 free for the third year in a row and the Bears won the 200 free relay. On Wednesday night, Cal won the 200 medley relay.
Following the Pac-10 championships, the Bears will compete at the 2011 NCAA Championships, March 24-26, in Minneapolis, Minn. Last season, Cal was the national runners-up to Texas.