Men's Swimming & Diving
BERKELEY - The Cal men's swimming team heads to the Pacific Northwest for the annual Pac-12 Championships at Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash. Competition begins Wednesday, March 2 and carries through Saturday, March 5.
The Bears head to Washington on the heels of a strong finish to the dual meet season. A 130-113 win over Stanford in the Big Meet on Feb. 20 gave Cal a 7-1 record in dual meets and a 4-1 mark in Pac-12 competition. Senior Josh Prenot set two pool records in the victory and seven individuals won races to beat the rival Cardinal.
LOS CABOS, MEXICO - Freshman Collin Morikawa (70-68-67 - 205, -8) posted the best finish of his young collegiate career by tying for second place and Cal (281-285-283 - 849, -3) tied for fourth at the conclusion Tuesday of the Querencia Cabo Collegiate co-hosted by Arkansas and Houston at the par-71, 6928-yard Los Cabos Querencia.
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIF. --- After beginning the final round of the 2016 Bruin Wave Invitational in fifth place, the California women's golf completed the three-round event by moving up two spots and clinching its second consecutive third place finish of the spring season.
The Golden Bears posted a team score of 888 (295-298-295) to fall in behind second place Arizona State (882, +18) and tournament winner UCLA (868, +4).
Senior Hannah Suh and junior Lucia Gutierrez were the Bears' top two performers in the tournament, making up two parts of a three-way tie for fifth place individually (217, +1).
Cal is now a lock to make the NCAA Tournament, and the primary reason is Jaylen Brown. The bruising freshman led the Golden Bears to a sweep of USC and UCLA last week, improving Cal to 21-8 and matching the longest in-league win streak (seven games) in three seasons.
Brown -- who had the most important month of any freshman in February, I think -- averaged 17 points and nine rebounds in the USC and UCLA games. Brown is averaging 17.8 points and 5.9 boards in his last nine games. He constantly draws fouls and is involved in 31.2 percent of Cal's possessions, per KenPom.com, which explains the stat like this: "A measure of personal possessions used while the player is on the court. [It] simply assigns credit or blame to a player when his actions end a possession, either by making a shot, missing a shot that isn't rebounded by the offense, or committing a turnover."