Oct. 10, 2012
BERKELEY -Eight different swimmers captured victories as the Cal men's swimming team defeated Pacific, 141-107, in the Golden Bears' opening dual meet of the 2012-13 campaign Wednesday (Oct. 10) afternoon at Spieker Aquatics Complex. David Durden's squad, back-to-back NCAA team champions in 2011 and 2012, won the opening 200 medley relay (1:31.53) behind the swims of junior Marcin Tarczynski, senior Trevor Hoyt, senior Austin Brown and senior Dana Foster.
Cal then rattled off wins in the next eight events with sophomore Adam Hinshaw's win in the 1000 free (9:28.85), senior Ben Hinshaw's victory in the 200 free (1:41.29), Tarczynski's first place in the 100 back (49.29), Hoyt's win in the 100 breast (56.00), sophomore Will Hamilton's victory in the 200 fly (1:48.67), freshman Nick Dillinger's first place in the 50 free (20.89), junior Shayne Fleming's win in the 100 free (45.59) and freshman Jacob Pebley's victory in the 200 back (1:49.39).
The Bears finished the competition swimming the final five races as exhibitions.
The Cal men's swimming dual meet versus Pacific was designated as a one-of-a-kind "Pink Out" swim meet sponsored by global swimwear brand Arena and benefiting the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and Arena, the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation, the Golden Bears and the Tigers joined forces for the "Pink Out." event. Both teams sported pink swim caps and t-shirts, and fans were given pink t-shirts as well. For more information on the "Pink Out" event, contact Shannon Burton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"An important part of the meet was the turnout to support the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation and we appreciate the efforts from our sponsor Arena," said Durden. "Our guys kept their focus during the meet and it was to support a good cause. This meet helped us to see where we need to go in the next couple of weeks of training. I think, overall, our team is in a good spot."
The Cal squad will next have a Nov. 3 non-conference dual meet versus Wisconsin (12 p.m.) at Spieker Aquatics Complex. The Bears return 13 members from their 2012 national championship squad, including last year's individual NCAA champs Tom Shields (100 fly and 100 back), Hamilton (200 fly) and Tarczynski (200 IM). Additionally, Cal returns five members from its national champion relays - Shields, Fleming, and sophomores Fabio Gimondi, Seth Stubblefield and Tyler Messerschmidt - for the upcoming campaign.