Cal Men's Swimming Travels to Pacific Invitational

Oct. 15, 2009


Sat. Oct. 17at Pacific Invitational, Chris Kjeldsen Pool, Stockton, Calif. 12 p.m.

This Week: The California men's swimming team, featuring 2009 NCAA champions Nathan Adrian and Damir Dugonjic, will travel to the Pacific Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 17 to compete in one day of the two-day meet. Men's teams competing at the Pacific Invite include Cal (Sat.), Stanford (Sat.), Air Force, BYU and Pacific. The Golden Bears have started the 2009-10 season off 2-0 in dual meets with a 156-139 victory over Hawaii, and a 143-107 win over Pacific last week at Spieker Aquatics Complex. Third-year Cal head swim coach David Durden has another talented squad, not only including juniors Adrian and Dugonjic, but six fellow 2009 All-Americans - senior Sean Mahoney, juniors Martti Aljand, Guy Barnea, Josh Daniels and Graeme Moore, and sophomore Nolan Koon.

Golden Bears Rack Up Wins Versus Hawaii and Pacific: Cal won 19 races last week. Against Hawaii, the Bears won eight of the meet's 16 events and had seven different individual winners, including freshman Tom Shields in the 200 free (1:40.46) and freshman Andre Blyth in the 200 fly (1:48.60). Cal also captured the 200 medley relay (1:30.38, Mathias Gydesen, Dugonjic, Shields, Moore). Other individual winners were Barnea in the 100 back (49.63), Moore in the 50 free (20.34), sophomore Martin Liivamagi in the 200 IM (1:51.53), Koon in the 200 breast (2:05.12) and Dugonjic in the 100 breast (56.08).

Versus Pacific, Cal won the meet's first 11 events before swimming exhibition for the final three races. Barnea captured two events, the 50 free (20.82) and the 200 back (1:50.67), and was a member of the Bears' winning 200 medley relay (1:31.42, Barnea, Koon, Gydesen, Daniels). Shields joined Barnea as a double winner, placing first in the 200 fly (1:51.85) and the 500 free (4:39.41). Moore won the 200 free (1:43.27), freshman Austin Brown captured the 100 back (52.26), freshman Ben Hinshaw won the 1000 free (9:39.73), Koon placed first in the 100 breast (57.02), junior Alex Cushing won the 100 free (46.36) and junior Andrew Godbe captured the 200 breast (2:06.21).

2008-09 in Review: The Bears placed fourth (350 points) at the 2009 NCAA championships in College Station, Texas. Adrian captured the NCAA 100 free in an American record time of 41.08 and the 50 free in an American record 18.71. Joining Adrian as national champ was Dugonjic, who won the 100-yard breast in an NCAA-record 50.86.

Other highlights were Mahoney placing second in the 200 breast in1:52.34. Mahoney had set an then-NCAA record with a 1:51.96 in the morning prelims. In the 100 back, David Russell was second, breaking his own school record of 45.42 with a time of 45.30. Cal's 200 medley relay team of Barnea, Dugonjic, Moore and Adrian placed second with an NCAA-record 1:22.50, while the 400 medley relay of Russell, Dugonjic, Moore and Adrian swam a new school record 3:01.69, narrowly missing a national title as they were edged by Auburn's 3:01.39.

At the 2009 conference meet, Cal had Pac-10 champions in the 50, 100 and 200 free (Adrian is the first Cal swimmer to win all three of those freestyle events at the Pac-10 meet), in the 200 IM (Aljand), the 100 breast (Dugonjic), the 200 breast (Koon), the 400 medley relay (3:03.30; Russell, Dugonjic, Moore, Adrian) and the 200 medley relay (1:23.98; Russell, Dugonjic, Moore, Bennett Clark). The Bears won eight Pac-10 crowns in 2009 after winning six conference titles in 2008, when they also placed second at the meet.

Head Coach David Durden: David Durden is in his third season at Cal, owing a 13-4 (.765) dual meet record with back-to-back Pac-10 second-place finishes at the conference meet and two fourth-place finishes at the NCAA championships. Durden joined the Golden Bears in 2007 upon the retirement of Hall of Fame coach Nort Thornton, who is now Head Coach Emeritus. Durden has coached 16 All-Americans at Cal, including 2009 NCAA champions Nathan Adrian (50 and 100 free) and Damir Dugonjic (100 breast), plus 2009 NCAA runner-ups - the 200 and 400 medley relays, David Russell (100 back) and Sean Mahoney (200 breast).

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