BERKELEY, Calif. – Led by senior Tom Shields and freshmen Jacob Pebley and Josh Prenot, Cal had a dominating 175.5-120.5 dual meet victory against No. 3 USC on Friday at Spieker Aquatics Complex. The Golden Bears’ Shields, Pebley and Prenot each won two events with Shields establishing a new pool record with a 45.85 in the 100 fly.
With the win against the Trojans, head coach David Durden’s squad improved its dual meet record to 6-0. Cal, the defending 2011 and 2012 NCAA team champion, was ranked sixth entering the week despite having upended then-No. 1 Arizona 159-134.
Shields swam the butterfly leg of Cal’s victorious 200 medley relay (1:26.88) along with junior backstroker Tony Cox, senior breaststroker Trevor Hoyt and junior freestyler Shayne Fleming. Shields then won the 200 freestyle in a time of 1:34.68 before topping Milorad Cavic’s former Spieker Complex record of 46.10 in the 100 fly.
Not to be outdone by Shields, Pebley placed first in both the 100 (47.84) and 200 back (1:43.55), while Prenot won the 200 breast (1:57.37) and the 200 IM (1:47.35).
Other individual champions for the Bears were sophomore Will Hamilton in the 200 fly (1:47.21) and junior Jeremy Bagshaw in the 500 free (4:24.50). The Cal divers were impressive, as well. Sophomore Thomas Selby was first on the three-meter board with a score of 360.98 and freshman Collin Pollard won the one-meter board with a mark of 316.65.
“The key for us is that we are better than we were two weeks ago and hopefully we’ll be better two weeks from now when we host Stanford,” Durden said. “USC is a great team, and fortunately for us our top-tier talent was a little bit stronger than theirs [Friday]. The important thing is that our team is continuing to improve.”