Pac-12 Swimming Awards Announced
California's Tom Shields (left) and Caitlin Leverenz were named Pac-12 Swimmers of the Year.
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Pac-12 Conference announced its men's and women's swimming awards for 2012 on Monday. CALIFORNIA junior Tom Shields was named Pac-12 Men's Swimmer of the Year, Golden Bear head coach David Durden was named Pac-12 Men's Swimming Coach of the Year and STANFORD freshman David Nolan was named Pac-12 Men's Swimming Freshman/Newcomer of the Year. CALIFORNIA junior Caitlin Leverenz was named Pac-12 Women's Swimmer of the Year, Golden Bear head coach Teri McKeever was named Pac-12 Women's Swimming Coach of the Year and STANFORD freshman Maddy Schaefer was named Pac-12 Women's Swimming Freshman/Newcomer of the Year. The awards were voted on by the Conference's head swimming coaches.
Pac-12 Men's Swimmer of the Year: Cal's Tom Shields
Shields helped lead the Golden Bears to their second straight team title at the NCAA Championships in Federal Way, Wash. A native of Huntington Beach, Calif., Shields was named NCAA Swimmer of the Meet after capturing the 100 fly and 100 back and swimming on the victorious 400 medley relay team. He is a nine-time NCAA champion, winning four individual titles and swimming on five national championship relays. At the Pac-12 Championships, Shields won the 100 and 200 fly along with two relays.
Pac-12 Men's Swimming Freshman/Newcomer of the Year: Stanford's David Nolan
Nolan was named Swimmer of the Meet at the Pac-12 Championships after winning three individual events while also helping three Cardinal relay teams to titles. The Hershey, Pa., native won the 100 back, 200 back and 200 IM and was a member of the 400 medley, 200 free and 800 free relays as Stanford won its 31st consecutive Conference title. His winning times in the individual events rank in the top-five at Stanford all-time. At the NCAA Championships, Nolan finished second in the 100 and 200 back and third in the 200 IM.
Pac-12 Men's Swimming Coach of the Year: Cal's David Durden
Cal's Durden earned Pac-12 Men's Swimming Coach of the Year for the third year in a row after the Bears repeated as NCAA champions, claiming the program's fourth overall title. Cal also won back-to-back crowns in 1979-80. The Bears, who entered the NCAA Championships ranked sixth, won four individual events and two relays to finish with 535.5 points to second-place Texas' 491.
Pac-12 Women's Swimmer of the Year: Cal's Caitlin Leverenz
Leverenz was named Swimmer of the Meet at the Pac-12 Championships and NCAA Championships as the Golden Bears captured both titles. Named the Honda Sports Award winner for swimming and diving, the Tucson., Ariz., native played a significant role as Cal won its second NCAA championship in a row. Leverenz scored 57 points and posted three American and three NCAA records at the national meet, held in Auburn, Ala. She captured the 200 IM and 200 breast and swam on the winning 200 and 400 medley relay teams. At the Pac-12 Championships, Leverenz won the 200 breast, 400 IM and 400 medley relay.
Pac-12 Women's Swimming Freshman/Newcomer of the Year: Stanford's Maddy Schaefer
Schaefer, from Los Altos, Calif., was a member of Stanford's victorious 200 and 400 free relay teams at both the Pac-12 Championships and the NCAA Championships. Both winning times were school records, and the 400 free relay time of 3:10.77 broke the American record of 3:11.03 by Georgia in 2011. Individually, Schaefer finished eighth in the 100 free as Stanford placed fourth. At the Pac-12 Championships, she and the Cardinal won the 200 and 400 free relays and finished second in the final team standings. Schaefer was also fifth in the 100 free and sixth in the 50 free.
Pac-12 Women's Swimming Coach of the Year: Cal's Teri McKeever
McKeever led to the Golden Bears to their third national title in four years as well as the program's second Pac-12 crown. Cal claimed five individual events and two relays at the NCAA Championships, setting NCAA and U.S. Open records in the 400 medley relay. In addition to Leverenz's two wins, Liv Jensen (50 free), Sara Isakovic (100 fly) and Cindy Tran (100 back) captured titles. McKeever, who is in her 20th year at the helm of the Cal program, will serve as the head women's coach for Team USA at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.