Oct. 20, 2011
10-20-11 Cal Men's Swimming and Diving Release
Fri., Oct. 21 Utah, Spieker Aquatics Complex, Berkeley, Calif. 1 p.m.
California's men's swimming and diving team (1-0) - the 2011 NCAA team champions with four individual champions (Nathan Adrian 50 and100 free, Damir Dugonjic 100 breast, Tom Shields 100 back) and three relay titles (400 free, 200 and 400 medley) - will compete in its first-ever Pac-12 dual meet as it hosts conference newcomer Utah (2-0) Friday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. at Spieker Aquatics Complex. The Golden Bears - despite losing standouts Adrian, Dugonjic, relay stars Graeme Moore, Guy Barnea and Josh Daniels, and Martti Aljand to graduation - still feature 10 returning All-Americans. Junior Shields is a six-time NCAA champion, winning the 100 fly as a freshman to go with his 100 back title as a sophomore, and had been on national champion 400 free and 400 medley (butterfly leg) relays the last two years. He was the 2010 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and the 2011 Pac-10 Swimmer of the Meet. Shields is the school record-holder in the 200 free (1:32.75), 100 back (45.02), 100 fly (44.78) and 200 fly (1:40.31). Other top returning All-Americans are senior Nolan Koon, the 2009 and 2011 Pac-10 champion in the 200 breast, and the 2011 national runner-up in 100 breast. Senior Martin Liivamagi is another outstanding veteran, winning the 2010 Pac-10 title in the 200 IM, and placing fifth in both the 200 and 400 IM at the 2011 NCAA meet. Liivamagi is the school record-holder in the 200 (1:43.05) and 400 IM (3:43.55). The Utah Utes are 2-0 in dual meets with wins over Air Force (190-164) and Colorado Mesa (270-83) during the Oct. 7-8 Intermountain Shootout in Grand Junction, Colo. Utah is coached by Greg Winslow and led by senior Major Robinson, who was All-Mountain West Conference in the 200 back in 2011.
Golden Bears to Date
In Cal's opening dual meet it defeated Hawaii, 154-135, Oct. 13 at Spieker Aquatics. The Bears won nine events with nine different individuals placing first. Cal also won the opening event, the 200 medley relay (1:29.77) behind the swims of seniors Mathias Gydesen, Koon, Liivamagi, and sophomore Shayne Fleming. Three Bear freshman won races in their first collegiate dual meet. Adam Hinshaw placed first in the 1000 free with a time of 9:29.77, Will Hamilton clocked a 1:49.58 to win the 200 fly and Tyler Messerschmidt won the 100 free in a time of 45.43. Other Cal winners included sophomores Fleming (50 free, 20.36), Sam Metz (200 free, 1:39.16) and Marcin Tarczynski (100 back, 49.02). Junior Nick Trowbridge was the 200 back (1:50.03) champion and junior Trevor Hoyt won the 200 breast (2:03.39). Senior Koon placed first in the 100 breast (54.81).
2010-11 in Review/2011-12 Newcomers
Last March in Minneapolis, Durden guided the Bears to their first NCAA team title since 1980. He brought the program its first national championship in 31 years with a dominating 493 to 470.5 point victory over second place Texas in the team standings. At the 2011 NCAA meet, Durden's squad collected seven titles - the 50 and 100 frees (senior Nathan Adrian), the 100 back (sophomore Tom Shields), the 100 breast (senior Damir Dugonjic), the 400 free relay (Graeme Moore, Josh Daniels, Shields and Adrian), the 200 medley relay (Guy Barnea, Dugonjic, Moore and Adrian) and the 400 medley relay (Barnea, Dugonjic, Shields and Adrian). This season, the Bears welcome in six new swimmers who signed letters of intent back in November, 2010 - Will Hamilton, Christian Higgins, Adam Hinshaw, Adam Jorgensen, Tyler Messerschmidt and Seth Stubblefield. For more information on the Cal's newcomers click on Cal Swimming Signs Six.
Head Coach David Durden
David Durden is in his fifth season at Cal, leading the Bears to the 2011 NCAA team title and owning a 21-7 (.750) dual meet record. Durden was both the 2010 and 2011 Pac-10 Coach of the Year and NCAA Coach of the Meet. In 2011, he mentored four individual national champions (Nathan Adrian 50 and 100 free, Damir Dugonjic 100 breast, Tom Shields 100 back) and three relay national titles (400 free relay, 200 and 400 medley relays). Durden, assisted by associate head coach Greg Meehan, joined the Golden Bears in 2007 upon the retirement of Hall of Fame coach Nort Thornton, who is now Head Coach Emeritus.