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Bears Host Wildcats, Sun Devils At Spieker

Jan 19, 2022
Dare Rose and the Golden Bears are back in action this weekend against Arizona and Arizona State.

BERKELEY – The second-ranked California men's swimming & diving team returns to the pool this week as it hosts No. 20 Arizona and No. 6 Arizona State in a pair of Pac-12 dual meets at Spieker Aquatics Complex. Cal will face the Wildcats at 2 p.m. Friday and the Sun Devils at noon Saturday.
 
Both meets will be live streamed via Pac-12 Plus and will feature the men's and women's teams from each school. Cal's men's divers will not compete. Fans attending both meets are strongly encouraged to wear facial coverings in outdoor areas. Facial coverings are required at all times in indoor spaces (i.e. restrooms) for guests ages 2 and up regardless of vaccination status, unless actively eating or drinking. Masks will be available at entrances, upon request.
 
Prior to Saturday's meet, Cal will recognize nine senior student-athletes who will be competing at Spieker Aquatics Complex for the final time in their collegiate careers. The group includes fifth-year seniors, Daniel Carr, Sean Grieshop, Trenton Julian, Bryce Mefford, seniors Hugo González, Kyle Millis, Chris Jhong and Reece Whitley and graduate student Will Roberts.
 
DUAL MEET STREAK
The Bears have won 16 consecutive dual meets dating back to Oct. 3, 2018, including two so far this season against then-No. 9 Virginia on Oct. 15 in Berkeley and at Utah on Oct. 22. Cal is 79-11 in dual meets under the guidance of head coach David Durden.
 
LAST TIME IN THE POOL
The Bears competed at the four-day Minnesota Invitational on Dec. 1-4, earning three total individual wins – two by Destin Lasco (200-yard backstroke, 200 individual medley) and one by Gabriel Jett (200 freestyle). Cal clocked a pair of NCAA "A" qualifying times in the 200 free relay (1:16.46) and the 400 free relay (2:48.80), while Reece Whitley tallied two "A" cuts of his own in the 100 (51.22) and 200 (1:51.11) breaststroke events.
 
LASCO NAMED PAC-12 SWIMMER OF THE MONTH
Destin Lasco was named the Pac-12 Men's Swimmer of the Month for December on Jan. 14 after his impressive individual performance at the Minnesota Invitational. Lasco earned two wins in the 200 back (1:39.24) and the 200 IM (1:41.53) and posted a runner-up finish in his three individual events, while swimming in five relays as well. His finishes in the 200 back and 200 IM were the fastest and second-fastest, respectively, in the NCAA this season.
 
ON THE WORLD STAGE
Trenton Julian (USA), Hugo González (Spain) and Ziyad Saleem (Sudan) swam for their respective countries at the 2021 FINA Short-Course World Championships in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. on Dec. 16-21. Julian returned to Berkeley as a three-time medalist (two gold, one silver) in the 4x200-meter free relay (gold, American record of 6:47.00), 4x50m medley relay (gold) and the 4x100m medley relay (silver). He also was a finalist in the 200m free, taking fourth place in 1:50.01 to become the second-fastest American in event history. González swam in six different events, earning his best finish of ninth place in the 200m back (1:52.47). Saleem took 43rd and 29th in the 100 and 200 back events.
 
AMONG THE GREATEST
Cal was well-represented in the CSCAA's 100th-year celebration lists of the 100 greatest men's swimmers & divers and the 100 greatest swimming & diving coaches of the past century. Six swimmers – Nathan Adrian, Matt Biondi, Anthony Ervin, Ryan Murphy, Graham Smith and Tom Shields – were picked among the top 100 swimmers while David Durden and the late Nort Thornton were named to the list of top 100 coaches.
 
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