The Cal Golden Bears cruised to victory on a cold, rainy Thursday night road dual with California State University – Bakersfield, getting a pair of wins from Adam Hinshaw and Will Hamilton.
The junior duo combined to capture some of the lengthier events in a meet where Cal swept all 14 event wins for a 140-108 victory.
Hinshaw dominated his two individual swims, going 1:52.32 to win the 200 fly by about five seconds and taking the 500 free by several seconds, going 4:30.98.
Hamilton first had to touch out teammate Jeremy Bagshaw to win the 200 free 1:39.82 to 1:39.91. He then returned to run away with the 200 IM, topping new teammate Chuck Katis by a second. Hamilton was 1:49.23, the fastest time of the field, although Cal was exhibitioning all of its swimmers by that point.
The Bears swam a lot of off-events and seemed to limit most athletes to just two swims for the meet, presumably keeping their top swimmers fresh for Friday’s road battle with USC. No doubt the Cal men are aware of what happened to their female counterparts at Southern Cal’s Uytengsu Swim Center a week ago, and don’t wish to repeat the feat in their own dual.
Josh Prenot swam and won the 200 backstroke (1:48.99) while also manning the butterfly leg of the 200 medley relay. New breaststroke addition Katis swam backstroke on the B medley relay and took second in the 200 IM.
Freshman Long Gutierrez won the 1000 free in 9:22.66 and also took second to Hinshaw in that 200 fly. Junior Henry Chung and senior Ryan Studebaker handled the two opening legs of the 200 medley relay before winning the 100s of those respective strokes later in the meet. Chung was 51.52 in the back and Studebaker 57.37 in the breast.
Seth Stubblefield had to touch out teammate Tony Cox for the 50 free win, going 20.91. The 100 was another tight race, with Trent Williams topping Jacob Pebley.
CSUB got a couple of runner-up finishes from Jordan Singleton and Mitchell Huxhold. Singleton was 2nd in the 100 back, just behind Cal’s Chung, and added a 3rd place finish in the 200 back. Huxhold was 2nd to Hinshaw in the 500 and third in the 200 free.
Other winners for Cal were Ryan Murphy in the 100 fly (48.74) and Hunter Cobleigh in the 200 breast (2:04.76).
This was the final dual meet for CSUB, as the Roadrunners will now prepare for the WAC Championships in a few weeks. Cal will take on USC Friday and Stanford next week before Pac-12s.