Nov. 6, 2012
BERKELEY -The 2012-13 California men's swimming team (2-0) will visit Bay Area rival Stanford (1-0) for a Triple-Distance Meet on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 2 p.m. at Avery Aquatics Complex on the Stanford campus. Wednesday's meet will not count towards either team's dual-meet record, but it will feature some of the very best collegiate swimmers in the nation competing in a non-standard event schedule. The official Pac-12 dual meet between the two teams will be Saturday, Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. at Cal's Spieker Aquatics Complex.
In the 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.
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 two national champion relays (200 free and 400 medley) -Shields, junior Shayne Fleming, sophomores Fabio Gimondi, Seth Stubblefield and Tyler Messerschmidt - for the upcoming campaign.
The Bears also include senior breaststroker Trevor Hoyt, who was the 2012 NCAA runner-up in the 200 breast with a school-record time of 1:51.90. Stanford features the 2012 Pac-12 Conference Freshman of the Year David Nolan, a seven-time All-American and NCAA runner-up in the 200 back (1:39.74) and the 100 back (45.53).