Oct. 9, 2012
BERKELEY -The Cal men's swimming dual meet versus Pacific on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 1 p.m. at Spieker Aquatics Complex has been 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 will be joining forces for a "Pink Out." event. The goal is to turn Spieker Aquatics Complex entirely pink - including pink swim caps and pink t-shirts for the meet's competitors - in support of the cause.
Admission to Wednesday's swim meet is free, but donations to the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation will be accepted at the entrance of Spieker Aquatics Complex. Swimming fans are also requested to wear pink to the meet.
Additionally, Arena will be presenting a check for $20,000 to the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation, in recognition to the first world record broken this year in an individual swimming race - a part of Arena's worldwide "Swim Challenge." For more information contact Shannon Burton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
David Durden's Cal squad, the two-time defending NCAA team champions, begins its 2012-13 dual meet schedule Oct. 10 versus Pacific, and will also have a Nov. 3 non-conference dual meet versus Wisconsin (12 p.m.) at Spieker Aquatics Complex.
The Bears, NCAA team champions in 2011 and 2012, return 13 members from their 2012 national championship squad, including last year's individual NCAA champs Tom Shields (100 fly and 100 back), Will Hamilton (200 fly) and Marcin Tarczynski (200 IM). Additionally, Cal returns five members from its national champion relays -Shields, junior Shayne Fleming, sophomores Fabio Gimondi, Seth Stubblefield and Tyler Messerschmidt - for the upcoming campaign.
After the Pacific and Wisconsin dual meets, Cal will visit Bay Area rival Stanford for the annual Triple Distance Meet on Nov. 7. In a Triple-Distance Meet, athletes divide into specialty groups that compete with one another in three races to determine a specialty champion in each of swimming's six event domains: sprinters (50, 100, 200 free), distance swimmers (200, 500, 1000 free), butterflyers (50, 100, 200 butterfly), breaststrokers (50, 100, 200 breaststroke), backstrokers (50, 100, 200 backstroke) and individual medlyists (100, 200, 400 IM). Individual champions will be recognized in each domain as the athlete with the fastest cumulative times from three events.
After visiting Stanford, the Bears will send a contingent to the three-day Georgia Invitational, Nov. 30-Dec. 2 in Athens, Ga. Cal then begins Pac-12 dual meet competition Jan. 25-26 at Arizona and Arizona State. The Bears also host key conference dual meets versus USC and Stanford, Feb. 8 and Feb. 23, respectively, at Spieker Aquatics Complex.