Bears host wildcat strikes, sun devils at Spieker


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Dare Rose and the Golden Bears return to action this weekend against Arizona and the State of Arizona.

Cal opens the schedule for 2022 with a few double encounters this weekend

BERKELEY – The third-ranked California men’s swim and dive team returns to the pool this week, hosting the No. 20 Arizona and No. 6 Arizona State in a pair of Pac-12 dual-meets at Spieker Aquatics Complex. Cal takes on the Wildcats on Friday at 2 p.m. and the Sun Devils on Saturday at noon.

Both encounters will be streamed live via Pac-12 Plus and will feature the men’s and women’s teams from each school. Cal’s male divers are not participating. Fans attending both matches are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings in the outdoor areas. Face coverings are mandatory at all times in indoor areas (ie toilets) for guests aged 2 years and older, regardless of vaccination status, unless actively eating or drinking. Masks are available at the entrances upon request.

Ahead of Saturday’s game, Cal will recognize nine senior student athletes who will compete for the final time in their collegiate careers at Spieker Aquatics Complex. The group consists of 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 MEASURE TIGHT

The Bears have won 16 consecutive double encounters dating back to October 3, 2018, including two so far this season against then-No. 9 Virginia on October 15 at Berkeley and in Utah on October 22. Cal is 79-11 in double encounters led by head coach David Durden.

LAST TIME IN THE POOL

The Bears competed in the four-day Minnesota Invitational on December 1-4, taking 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 himself counted two “A” cuts in the 100 (51.22) and 200 (1:51.11) breaststroke events.

LASCO NAMED PAC-12 SWIMMER OF THE MONTH
Destin Lasco was named December’s Pac-12 Men’s Swimmer of the Month on January 14 after his impressive individual performance at the Minnesota Invitational. Lasco took two wins in the 200 back (1:39.24) and the 200 IM (1:41.53) and placed second in his three individual events, while also swimming in five relays. His finishes in the 200 back and 200 IM were the fastest and second fastest in the NCAA, respectively, this season.

ON THE WORLD PODIUM
Trenton Julian (USA), Hugo González (Spain) and Ziyad Saleem (Sudan) swam to their respective countries at the 2021 FINA World Short Course Championships in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on December 16-21. Julian returned to Berkeley as a three-time medalist (two gold, one silver) in the 4×200-meter free relay (gold, US record of 6:47.00), 4×50-meter medley relay (gold), and the 4×100-meter medley relay ( silver). He was also a finalist in the 200m free, finishing fourth in 1:50.01 to become the second fastest American in the event’s history. González swam in six different events and had his best result of ninth in the 200m down (1:52.47). Saleem was 43rd and 29th in the 100 and 200 backup events.

AMONG THE BIGGEST
Cal was well represented in the CSCAA’s 100th anniversary celebrations of the 100 greatest men’s swimmers and divers and the 100 greatest swimming and diving coaches of the past century. Six swimmers – Nathan Adrian, Matt Biondi, Anthony Ervin, Ryan Murphy, Graham Smith and Tom Shields – were chosen from the top 100 swimmers, while David Durden and the late North Thornton were named to the list of top 100 coaches.

STAY PLACED

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