The Cal Golden Bears are a nationally-renowned collegiate program, having won 36 combined individual and relay NCAA titles under just 9 years of coaching by Dave Durden. This summer, though, they’re going global and will have plenty of representation at the 2016 Olympic Games.
At the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials, six current or former Cal Bears qualified for the 2016 U.S. Olympic team, and Durden himself was named as an assistant coach to the U.S. Men’s Olympic swim team. Check out the short but powerful video below that announces the Cal names that will represent the USA in Rio.
Video courtesy of Cal Men’s Swimming & Diving on Facebook
Cal Men on the 2016 USA Olympic Team
- Nathan Adrian
- 50 free, 100 free, 4×100 free relay
- Anthony Ervin
- 50 free, 4×100 free relay
- Ryan Murphy
- 100 back, 200 back
- Jacob Pebley
- 200 back
- Josh Prenot
- 200 breast
- Tom Shields
- 100 fly, 200 fly
- Dave Durden
- Assistant coach
The Golden Bears had a very strong showing at the Olympic Trials in Omaha. Ryan Murphy, Jacob Pebley, Josh Prenot, and Tom Shields all qualified for their first Olympic team, while Prenot smashed the 200 breast American record in the final of that event. This isn’t the first rodeo for veterans Nathan Adrian and Anthony Ervin, meanwhile, who could both be on the American 4×100 free relay contending for gold in the Olympic final.
On the women’s side, Cal put current swimmer Kathleen Baker, former Bears Missy Franklin, Dana Vollmer, Cierra Runge, and future Bear Abbey Weitzeil on the Olympic team. Rising Cal sophomore Amy Bilquist and former Bears Caitlin Leverenz and Madison Kennedy were nearly named to the Olympic team, each finishing third in races where only the top two were eligible to make the team.