Cal cruises past Utah in Pac-12 opener
Gydesen wins pair of races to propel Bears to victory
BERKELEY, Calif. -- In the first Pac-12 dual meet in school history, California (2-0) defeated conference newcomer Utah 158-119 on Friday afternoon at Spieker Aquatics Complex. The Golden Bears were led by senior Mathias Gydesen, who placed first in both the 100 and 200 back with times of 48.76 and 1:46.65, respectively. Gydesen also swam the butterfly leg of Cal's 200 medley relay that won the meet's opening event (1:29.11), joining junior Tom Shields, senior Martin Liivamagi and freshman Tyler Messerschmidt.
Other individual winners for the Bears, the defending national champions, included Shields in the 200 fly (1:49.12), Liivamagi in the 100 breast (55.44) and Messerschmidt in the 100 free (44.87). Junior Nick Trowbridge placed first in the 200 free (1:40.11), while sophomore Jeremy Bagshaw won the 1,000 free (9:26.30) and sophomore Shayne Fleming captured the 50 free (20.43).
After winning the first nine swimming events, Cal swam the rest of the meet's events as exhibitions.
In diving, Bear sophomore Tyler Pullen placed first on the one-meter board with a score of 308.93, followed by freshman teammate Thomas Selby with a mark of 299.85. Selby was second on the three-meter board as well, recording a score of 3:13.28.
"I think Mathias' (Gydesen) swims were really good today," Cal coach David Durden said. "He was able to put into action some of the things he had been doing in practice and work through some different aspects of his racing. I was also pleased with the way the entire team performed throughout the course of the day. I thought our relays were good, and our guys who competed in multiple events held up well until the end, which is something we like to see."