It was a great week in the pool for Cal. The Bears won their first conference title since 1981 and, even better, ended Stanford's 31-year winning streak.
Behind senior Tom Shields' victory in the 200 fly (1:43.23) and several other strong performances, the Cal men's swimming and diving team has broken Stanford's 31-year streak of winning the conference team title as the Golden Bears captured the 2013 Pac-12 championship, 825-800, over the Cardinal Wednesday night (March 6). USC was third with 638.5 points and Arizona fourth at 483.
"I am proud of the way our men competed over the last three and a half days," said Cal coach David Durden. "It is amazing to think about a 31-year streak such as Stanford's and all of the great teams that they have held off over the years. I am glad that we were able to do this for our fans, alums, parents, and for Nort (Thornton)."
Cal, the defending 2011 and 2012 NCAA team champions, was the last school besides Stanford to win the conference team title, accomplishing the feat back in 1981 when Nort Thornton was the head coach. This season, the Bears are 7-0 in dual meets and are looking for a third straight national title at the 2013 NCAA championships, March 28-30 in Indianapolis.
Shields was named the 2013 Pac-12 Swimmer of the Meet after five first place finishes and a second place finish during the championship. He won individual Pac-12 titles in the 100 and 200 fly and the 100 back, and was a member of the Bears' 200 and 400 medley relays. In addition, he was a member of Cal's second place 800 free relay. The senior finished his career with a total of 16 Pac-12 titles.
Now it's time for the three-peat.
- Allan Bridgford has left the team after being surpassed by the younger quarterbacks. He will report back to the coaches by Monday with a decision on his future.
- Today is Gorcey's turn in the Rivals/Scout/Bear Insider free-practice-report-roulette. Goff had the best performance of the day while Kline excelled in the screen drills and Hinder used his superior mobility to make big plays on the ground. Dykes praised the improvement from the wide receivers. Dykes says the two-deep is still being sorted out on the offensive line, with Matt Cochran spending more time at center and Freddie Tagaloa locking down the left tackle position. The coaches will hold a team scrimmage on Saturday and release a public depth chart by Monday.
- Todd McShay's latest mock draft foresees Keenan Allen taking his talents to Miami as the 12th overall pick. Keenan is the first receiver off the board in McShay's draft.
- Tavon Austin and Justin Hunter climbed Mel Kiper's receiver rankings and pushed Keenan down to the 4th position.
- It looks like Haas only had room for one dramatic Senior Day comeback victory. The men's team suffered a terrible loss to Stanford.
- Relive the agony with Faraudo's game thread.
- Monty says the team has plenty of work to do if it wants a successful postseason run.
- For reasons unknown to mankind the Pac-12 coaches voted Tara VanDerveer as the Pac-12 Coach of the Year.
- The Women's Basketball Coaches Association gave Teresa Gould (Ron Gould's wife) the 2013 Administrator of the Year Award. She serves as a deputy director of athletics and senior administrator for Cal.
- No. 1 Cal set a school record with its 7th win of the year. Michael Kim, Brandon Hagy, and Michael Weaver finished 1-2-3 as the Bears won by a whopping 37 strokes.
- The women's team finished third at the Juli Inkster Spartan Invite.