California's Durden and Shields and Stanford's Godsoe Capture 2010 Pac-10 Men's Swimming Honors

April 16, 2010

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.- STANFORD senior Eugene Godsoe was named Pac-10 Men’s Swimmer of the Year, CALIFORNIA freshman Tom Shields was named Pac-10 Men’s Freshman/Newcomer of the Year and his coach David Durden was named Pac-10 Men’s Swimming Coach of the Year, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today. The awards were voted on by all the men’s swimming head coaches throughout the Conference. 

Senior Eugene Godsoe had a strong senior season. At the Pac-10 Men’s Swimming Championships, the Greensboro, NC native won both the 100-yard backstroke (46.03) and 200-yard backstroke (1:40.97) for the second-straight year. He was also a runner-up in the 100-yard butterfly. He was named the Pac-10 Swimmer of the Meet, helping lead Stanford to its 29th-straight Pac-10 title.  At the NCAA Championships, Godsoe took first in the 100-meter backstroke (45.11), third in the 200-meter backstroke (1:40.07) and third in the 100-meter butterfly (45.96), earning All-American honors in all three events. He also helped the 400-yard medley relay finish in third (3:05.41), with Godsoe turning in a school-record in his leg of the 100-yard backstroke (44.93). Finally he was also a part of the 200-yard medley relay which turned in a fourth place performance (1:25.12).  Godsoe finished his career with 52 points scored in his final NCAAs for 112 combined points, good for 28th-best all-time. 

Freshman Tom Shields burst onto the scene for the Bears in a big way this season. At the Pac-10 Men’s Swimming Championship, the Huntington Beach, Calif. native won the 100-yard butterfly (45.75),  finished as the runner-up in the 200-yard butterfly (1:42.63) and placed third in the 200-yard freestyle (1:35.87). At the NCAA Championships he earned a national title in the 100-yard butterfly (44.91) and finished as the national runner-up in the 200-yard butterfly, setting a new school record of 1:41.52. He also made an impact on the relays, helping the 400-yard free relay team win the title with a score of 2:48.78 and the 400-yard medley relay take first with a score of 3:02.83. 

California third-year head coach David Durden owns a 16-6 dual meet record and three-straight Pac-10 second-place finishes. Durden led the Bears to a second place finish at the NCAA Championships, the best finish for the team since placing as the national runners-up in 1986. He coached the Bears to three individual national crowns and four relay national titles and was named the 2010 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships Coach of the Meet.

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