TUCSON, Ariz. – Led by two victories apiece from senior Tom Shields and junior Jeremy Bagshaw, No. 4 California defeated No. 1 Arizona 159-134 Friday in a highly anticipated dual meet. The Golden Bears, winners of the 2011 and 2012 NCAA team titles, proved that Cal is once again a national powerhouse.
Shields captured the 100 (46.54) and 200 fly (1:46.02), while distance freestyler Bagshaw won the 500 (4:27.06) and 1,000 free (9:17.06). The Bears started the meet with an impressive win in the 200 medley relay (1:27.59) led by sophomore backstroker Tony Cox, senior breaststroker Trevor Hoyt, butterflyer Shields and junior freestyler Shayne Fleming
“It was impressive for us to come to Arizona, which has a very strong team and performs well at home, and come out with a win,” Cal coach David Durden said. “A key was coming from behind to win the first event [the 200 medley relay]. From there, we just gained momentum, going 1-2-3 in the 1,000 free and 1-2 in the 200 free. We came out of the gates well, and that really helped get us going,”
The other individual winners for the Bears included freshman Michael Haney in the 200 free (1:39.05), freshman Jacob Pebley in the 200 back (1:44.50), freshman Josh Prenot in the 200 breast (1:59.68) and sophomore Seth Stubblefield in the 100 free (44.51).
Additional top swims for Cal included freshman Nick Dillinger placing second in the 100 free (45.02), and senior Nick Trowbridge and junior Marcin Tarczynski helping the Bears go 1-2-3 in the 200 back (in addition to winner Pebley) with times of 1:48.71 and 1:49.60, respectively. Sophomore Adam Hinshaw placed second to Bagshaw in the 500 free with a time of 4:28.46. Cal swam the final two events, the 400 IM and 400 free relay, as exhibitions.