Nov. 3, 2012
BERKELEY -Junior Marcin Tarczynski captured both the 100 and 200 back, while six other Golden Bears won individual events, as Cal defeated Wisconsin, 158-125, in a Saturday (Nov. 3) dual meet at Spieker Aquatics Complex. David Durden's squad (2-0) - which also won the meet's opening event, the 200 medley relay, behind the swims of freshman Josh Prenot, Tarczynski, sophomore Will Hamilton and junior Shayne Fleming (1:30.86) -swam the final five events as exhibitions.
Tarczynski, who as a sophomore was the NCAA champion in the 200 IM, won the 100 back in a time of 49.07 and the 200 back with a mark of 1:46.85. Another returning individual national champ, Hamilton, placed first in the 200 fly with a time of 1:48.44. He won the NCAA title in the 200 fly as a freshman.
Other individual winners for the Bears Saturday were Fleming in the 50 free (20.32), Prenot in the 1000 free (9:15.55), sophomore Fabio Gimondi in the 100 free (45.06), sophomore Christian Higgins in the 100 breast (57.20) and freshman diver Collin Pollard in the one-meter competition (343.73). Fleming and Gimondi were member of Cal's 2012 NCAA champion 200 free relay.
"I think we are racing a little better," said Durden. "I feel our guys are feeling a little me comfortable and getting into a better rhythm. I was pleased with the meet."
The Cal squad next travels to Stanford on Wednesday, Nov. 7 for a 2 p.m. triple distance meet at Avery 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.