Nov. 30, 2012
ATHENS, GA -The No. 3-ranked Cal men's swimming and diving team had a strong opening day performance Friday (Nov. 30) during the first session of the Georgia Fall Invitational at the Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Ga., leading the field after winning the 400 medley relay (3:09.36) behind the swims of junior Marcin Tarczynski, senior Trevor Hoyt, sophomore Seth Stubblefield and sophomore Fabio Gimondi. Tarczynski also captured the 200 IM with a time of 1:44.36.
The Golden Bears, the defending 2011 and 2012 NCAA team champions, scored 261 points Friday to place ahead of Virginia (211) and host Georgia (200).
Other strong performances by Cal included junior Shayne Fleming finishing as the runner-up in the 50 free (19.78) and freshman Josh Prenot coming in second behind Tarczynski in the 200 IM with a mark of 1:44.69. In addition, the Bears placed second (1:18.51, freshman Nick Dillinger, Gimondi, Stubblefield, Fleming) and third (1:19.55, senior Dana Foster, freshman Michael Haney, senior Ben Hinshaw, Tarczynski) in the 200 free relay. Junior Jeremy Bagshaw finished fifth in the 500 free (4:20.54).
On Saturday, Cal swimmers will be competing in the 200 medley relay, the 400 IM, the 100 fly, the 200 free, the 100 breast, the 100 back and the 800 free relay.
"We were a little bit better tonight than the morning (prelims)" said Cal coach David Durden. "Marcin (Tarczynski), Josh (Prenot), Ben (Hinshaw) and Will (Hamilton) all had solid 200 IMs; and Shayne (Fleming) and Fabio (Gimondi) were good in the 50 free. I thought all of our relays had some bright spots. We are going to need to come out of the gates tomorrow morning ready to go."