Dec. 14, 2012
BERKELEY -California's men's swimming and diving coach, David Durden, who has led the Golden Bears to two straight NCAA team titles and is a three-time NCAA Coach of the Meet, was recently interviewed by SwimmingWorld on their Morning Show discussing the Golden Bears' impressive 2012 fall season, plus several other topics Durden SwimmingWorld Interview.
Additionally, a contingent of Cal men's swimmers, all coached by Durden at Cal's Spieker Aquatics Complex, are performing well at the 2012 World Short Course Championships in Istanbul, Turkey.
On Wednesday (Dec. 12), former Bear standout and 2000 Olympic gold medalist Anthony Ervin took gold in the 400 free relay. Ervin led off the Americans' relay team and had a split time of 47.28. Then on Friday (Dec. 14), he took home the bronze medal in the 50 freestyle with a mark of 20.99.
Current Cal swimmer, senior Tom Shields, is also having quite a World Championship. Today (Dec. 14) in the semifinals of the 50 butterfly, Shields set an American record and placed second with a time of 22.58. On Thursday (Dec. 13), he captured the silver medal in the 100 butterfly with a time of 49.54, topping American Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte along the way.
Also, former Cal swimmer Damir Dugonjic of Slovenia won silver in the 100 breaststroke on Thursday in a time of 57.32. Another former Bear, Martti Aljand of Estonia, finished fourth in the same race with a mark of 57.85.