RIO DE JANEIRO - Representing his mother's homeland at the Rio Olympics, California alumnus David Torrence qualified for the final of the men's 5,000 meters with his finish in Wednesday's heats at Olympic Stadium. Torrence, who competed at Cal from 2004-2008, posted a time of 13:23.20, which was the 10th fastest time in the second heat and the 10th-fastest time over both heats.
The final is scheduled for Saturday at 9:30 p.m. Brazil time (BRT)/5:30 p.m. PT.
The former Golden Bear, whose mother was born in Peru and is a dual citizen of Peru and the United States, also qualified for the 1,500 meters but is only running in the 5,000 in Rio.
Men's Water Polo
BERKELEY - When the first weekend of December rolls around, all of college water polo will turn its attention to Spieker Aquatics Complex and the crowning of a new national champion when Cal hosts the NCAA Championships.
So, the goal seems simple for the Golden Bears -- be the ones playing in your own pool when the curtain comes down on the 2016 season.
That might serve as long-term motivation, but nobody taking part in Wednesday's first official practice was too concerned with what will take place in December. Instead, the Bears began a new year with the more immediate goal of combining the skills of a large returning group with those of a talented bunch of newcomers.
For one day, at least, that meant sunny skies and a pair of practices for head coach Kirk Everist's squad as work began to prepare for a season-opening trip to the Princeton Invitational on Sept. 9-11. Many of the faces peering out from under blue and gold caps looked the same as last year, with a host of players back from a team that went 24-7 and took third at the NCAA Championships. At the same time, a group of eight new players underwent their first day of official practice just looking to find a niche for a team already hungry for a return to the postseason.
"It starts not only with the returning guys but also getting the incoming guys involved," said senior Farrel South. "It's giving us a chance to see how they play and giving Kirk and Jeff (Tyrrell) a chance to see how they play. Everyone is contributing and with this being the first day of camp, overall it went really well."
SEATTLE — When Jeff Tedford exercised an option to walk away from his contract after one season as head coach of the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League, he had only one goal in mind.
Return to college football.
He has, though not in a capacity like any he's used to. The former California Golden Bears head coach — he won 82 games there from 2002-2012 — is now in his first season as an offensive consultant for the Washington Huskies, drawing on his longtime friendship with UW coach Chris Petersen to get back in the college game.
As a consultant, Tedford isn't allowed to coach any players, though he can have unlimited contact with the Huskies' coaching staff and will travel with the team to road games.
"I'm just here to help in any way I can," Tedford said after UW's Monday practice, his first media availability since joining the Huskies' staff.
"I'm just here as a resource, really. I can't coach the players or anything like that, but if I can offer some resources to the coaches with the game plan or watching tape or whatever, I'm here to do anything I can to help them."