June 23, 2012
An impressive 35 Golden Bears will be representing California's men's swimming and diving team at the June 25-July 2 USA Olympic Swimming Team Trials held at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb. Among those 35 athletes competing in Omaha will be Nathan Adrian, who swam for Cal from 2007-11, and is the nation's top seed entering the meet in both the 50 (21.55) and 100-meter (long course) freestyle (48.05). Adrian is the No. 1 seed in the 100 free ahead of the legendary Michael Phelps (48.08).
Adrian concluded his collegiate career by propelling the Bears to the 2011 NCAA team title, capturing five NCAA crowns - the 50-yard freestyle, 100 free, 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay and 400 free relay. He also won a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 as a member of the United States' 400 free relay, and ended up garnering five individual national crowns and was part of six NCAA championship relays during his years at Cal.
Of the 35 Bears swimming for a chance to compete at the 2012 London Olympic Games, 10 are former Cal athletes, 19 are current members of coach David Durden's squad, and six will be joining the Bears in the fall of 2012. Several of Cal's competitors in Omaha have been training under Durden, associate head coach Greg Meehan and strength coach Nick Folker, at Spieker Aquatics Complex.
Other Bear notables in Omaha include freestyler Anthony Ervin (2000-03), who won the gold medal in the 50 free at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia before taking a break from competitive swimming in 2003. Ervin is now back among the nation's top sprinters and will be competing in the 50 (seventh seed, 22.24) and 100 free. Another Cal standout in the 50 and 100 free will be Will Copeland (2005-08), who is seeded just behind Ervin with a time of 22.26 (eighth) in the 50 free.
Additional members of the Bear swimming family seeded in the Top 10 entering the Olympic Trials are - Sean Mahoney (2008-10) seeded fourth in the 200 breast (2:11.47), David Russell (2006-09) seeded seventh in the 100 back (54.22), incoming freshman Jacob Pebley from Corvallis, Ore. seeded eighth in the 200 backstroke (1:58.30), junior Tom Shields seeded ninth in the 100 fly (52.62), freshman Seth Stubblefield seeded 10th in the 200 fly (1:59.15) and incoming freshman Josh Prenot from Orcutt, Calif. seeded 10th in the 400 IM (4:18.44).
For a complete schedule of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Swim Trials click HERE.
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For the complete results of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Swim Trials click HERE
List of Golden Bears competing at the 2012 USA Olympic Trials
Nathan Adrian (Top seeded) 50 free, 100 free
Bennett Clark 50 free
William Copeland 50 free, 100 free
Anthony Ervin 50 free, 100 free
Nolan Koon 100 breast, 200 breast
Sean Mahoney 100 breast, 200 breast
Chris Rogers 100 back, 200 back
David Russell 100 back, 200 back, 100 fly, 200 fly
Daniel Smith 100 back
Robert Sullivan 100 fly, 200 fly
Austin Brown 200 fly, 100 fly
Anthony Cox 100 back
Scott Farley 400 free
Shayne Fleming 50 free, 100 free
Dana Foster 50 free
Will Hamilton 400 free, 200 free, 200 fly, 100 fly
Greg Harper 200 fly
Adam Jorgensen 200 fly
Christian Higgins 100 breast, 200 breast
Adam Hinshaw 400 IM, 400 free, 200 free, 200 IM, 1500 free
Ben Hinshaw 400 IM, 200 fly, 200 IM
Trevor Hoyt 100 breast, 200 breast
Tyler Messerschmidt 200 free, 100 back, 100 free, 50 free
Sam Metz 400 free, 200 free, 200 breast, 200 IM
Chris Packer 50 free
Tom Shields 100 fly, 200 fly, 200 free
Seth Stubblefield 200 free, 200 fly, 100 free, 50 free, 100 fly
Ryan Studebaker 200 breast
Nick Trowbridge 100 back, 200 back
Michael Henry 200 fly, 100 free
Jameson Lyon 1500 free
Jacob Pebley 100 back, 400 IM, 200 back, 200 IM
Josh Prenot 400 IM, 100 breast, 200 fly, 200 breast, 200 IM
Sam Shimomura 200 free, 400 free, 1500 free
Trent Williams 200 free