Nov. 28, 2012
The No. 3-ranked Cal men's swimming and diving team, the defending 2011 and 2012 NCAA team champions, will wrap up the fall version of its 2012-13 schedule when the Golden Bears travel to the Georgia Fall Invitational, Nov. 30-Dec. 2 at the Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Ga.
Cal, which returns 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), will get a chance to compete against swimmers from other top schools - No. 4 Texas, No. 9 Virginia, No. 11 Georgia and No. 16 Auburn. In addition to the Bears' three returning individual national champions, Cal has five members from its national champion relays -Shields, junior Shayne Fleming, sophomores Fabio Gimondi, Seth Stubblefield and Tyler Messerschmidt - for the upcoming campaign.
"This meet will be a good gage to see where we are at this stage of the season, wrapping up the fall and getting ready for the spring," said Cal coach David Durden. "This meet mirrors the NCAA championships and will feature a lot of talent. It will be a valuable experience for us."
This fall, the Bears have gone 2-0 in dual meets with an Oct. 10 victory over Pacific (141-107) and a Nov. 3 win over Wisconsin (158-125). Cal has also swum well in a Nov. 7 triple-distance meet at Stanford. Currently the Bears' 400 free relay of Hamilton, freshman Sam Shimomura, senior Nick Trowbridge and freshman Trent Williams have the fastest time in the nation at 2:43.32; and Cal's 200 free relay of sophomore Gimondi, freshman Nick Dillinger, senior Ben Hinshaw and junior Shayne Fleming has the ninth fastest time with a mark of 1:20.71.
Three of Todd Mulzet's men's divers will be traveling to Athens - junior Grayson Huston, sophomore Thomas Selby and freshman Collin Pollard. Pollard has been impressive early in his college career, qualifying for the finals in both the one-meter (fourth) and three-meter board (sixth) at the Nov. 16-18 Arizona Diving Invitational. He also won the one-meter competition in the Bears' Nov. 3 dual meet victory over Wisconsin with a score of 343.73.