March 5, 2011
LONG BEACH, CALIF. -The California men's swimming team won four more conference titles and sophomore Tom Shields was named the Pac-10 Swimmer of the Meet Saturday (March 5) as the Golden Bears concluded the 2011 Pac-10 Men's Swimming and Diving Championships at the Belmont Plaza Pool in Long Beach. Cal placed second at Pac-10 meet, trailing only Stanford, 911-864. The rest of the conference standings included USC (534), Arizona (483), Arizona State (273), UC Santa Barbara (184) and Cal Poly (158).
On Saturday, Shields captured the 200 fly in a time of 1:40.31 and swam the third leg of the Bears' 400 free relay that set a new Pac-10 meet record in 2:48.16. Senior Graeme Moore swam the lead-off leg of the 400 free relay, followed by senior Josh Daniels and senior standout Nathan Adrian was the anchor.
Adrian also had a big day Saturday, winning the conference's 100 free for the third time in his career with a time of 41.75. Junior Nolan Koon was the third individual winner of the day when he placed first in the 200 breast at 1:54.42, while senior Nick Ferrif was second in the 200 breast (1:54.57). Koon also won the 200 breast as a freshman in 2009.
In all, Cal won nine events over the Pac-10 championships' four days. On Friday, senior Damir Dugonjic won the Pac-10 title in the 100 breast (51.88) for the third year in a row, Shields picked up the conference crown in the 100 back (45.65) and the Bears won the 400 medley relay behind the strong swims of junior Mathias Gydesen, Dugonjic, Shields and Adrian (3:05.92).
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 (1:16.62, Adrian, Moore, Daniels, Shields). On Wednesday night, Cal place first in the 200 medley relay (senior Guy Barnea, Dugonjic, Moore, Adrian), setting a new Pac-10 meet record with a time of 1:23.92.
Following the Pac-10 championships, the Bears will next compete at the 2011 NCAA Championships, March 24-26, in Minneapolis, Minn. Last season, Cal was the national runners-up to Texas and return 12 All-Americans from the 2010 NCAA squad.