Bears Power Past Arizona, 205-93
TUCSON, ARIZ. – Paced by another outstanding performance from junior Josh Prenot, the Cal men’s swimming and diving team powered past host Arizona, 205-93, in a Saturday dual meet at Hillenbrand Aquatic Center in Tucson. The Golden Bears (5-0, 2-0), who have won 20-straight dual meets since the 2012-13 season, were led by Prenot’s victories in the 200 fly (1:47.65), the 200 breast (1:56.69) and the 400 IM (3:50.53).
On Friday, Prenot had won the 100 breast and 200 back at Arizona State. Sophomore standout Ryan Murphy was also a huge contributor in Saturday’s big win at Arizona, winning the 100 back (47.77) and the 100 free (43.98). Murphy is the defending NCAA champion in the 100 and 200 back. He also swam on Cal’s victorious 400 medley (3:13.36, Murphy, senior breaststroker Chuck Katis, senior butterflyer Will Hamilton, junior freestyler Tyler Messerschmidt) and 200 free relays (1:20.21, Messerschmidt, Murphy, freshman Justin Lynch, senior Fabio Gimondi).
Other victories for David Durden’s squad included senior Adam Hinshaw in the 1000 free (9:18.76), junior Trent Williams in the 200 free (1:36.80), senior Katis in the 100 breast (53.84, over defending NCAA champion Kevin Cordes), junior Jacob Pebley in the 200 back (1:46.90), sophomore Long Gutierrez in the 500 free (4:27.89) and Lynch in the 100 fly (48.41). In all, Cal won 13 of the 14 men’s swimming events in a televised dual meet on the Pac-12 Networks.
In diving, the Bears’ best performance was freshman Finn Scribbick placing second on the three-meter board with a score of 338.70.
“Our guys responded a little better today (than Friday at ASU),” said Durden. “We had good contributions from all of our guys, from our seniors to our freshmen. I think everyone can take away a good point from this meet to carry over into our preparation for the next couple of weeks.”
The Bears will next be hosting Pac-12 foe USC in two weeks, Friday, Feb. 6, in a 1 p.m. dual meet at Spieker Aquatics Complex.