BERKELEY, Calif. — California started off the season with a strong performance, defeating Hawaii 154-135 Thursday afternoon at Spieker Aquatics Complex. The Golden Bears won nine of the meet’s events with nine different individuals placing first.
Cal also won the meet’s opening event, the 200 medley relay (1:29.77) behind the swims of seniors Mathias Gydesen, Nolan Koon and Martin Liivamagi, and sophomore Shayne Fleming.
Three Bear freshmen won races in their first collegiate dual meet. Adam Hinshaw placed first in the 1000 free with a time of 9:29.77, Will Hamilton clocked a 1:49.58 to win the 200 fly and Tyler Messerschmidt won the 100 free in a time of 45.43.
Other Cal winners included sophomores Shayne Fleming (50 free, 20.36), Sam Metz (200 free, 1:39.16) and Marcin Tarczynski (100 back, 49.02). Junior Nick Trowbridge was the 200 back (1:50.03) champion and junior Trevor Hoyt won the 200 breast (2:03.39). Senior Nolan Koon placed first in the 100 breast (54.81).
Cal also had 1-2-3 finishes in the 200 free, the 100 back and 100 free — plus 1-2 finishes in the 200 fly and 50 free — before swimming the last four events as exhibitions.
In diving competition, freshman Thomas Selby was second on the three-meter board (312.53), while sophomore Tyler Pullen was third in the one-meter competition (265.14).
“It was nice to get the dual meet season started,” said Durden. “And, it was nice to get a win. Hawaii is a good team with good athletes. They were the Conference USA champions last season and have a talented squad. It was great for us to get in the water and compete a little bit.”