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A banner summer for the California Aquatics men left them with a truckload of international travel roster spots for Team USA. And if the month of June is any indication, they’re gearing up to make the most of them.
Coach Dave Durden‘s current collegiate swimmers and Cal-based post-grads put up some great swims this month, mostly at the long course dual meet between Cal (California Aquatics) and Stanford (Alto Swim Club).
Maybe most notable were two very strong performances from Nathan Adrian, competing in just his second meet since undergoing treatment for testicular cancer. Adrian competed on the Pro Swim Series in May, going 22.2 and 49.3 in the sprint freestyles. But this month, he was 22.17 and 48.50, showing great improvement in that 100 free over just a month. His 100 free ranks #2 among Americans for the month of June.
Andrew Seliskar continued to impress after a great summer of 2018 and a stellar 2018 NCAA Championships. Seliskar went 1:46.89 in the 200 free, the fastest American this month. He also hit a new lifetime-best in the 100 fly, going 51.42 for the 2nd-fastest time among Americans this month.
Most of Durden’s top athletes are tuning up for major international meets in the next month, and only swam light lineups. Still, they managed to be among the best American swimmers this month. Backstroke star Ryan Murphy was 1:55.77 in the 200 back, fastest among Americans this month. Josh Prenot hit a 2:10.43 in the 200 breast, #2 among Americans this month. Tom Shields was 1:58.44 in the 200 fly, one of the better in-season 200 flys of his career. Shields sits #3 among Americans this month, and also went 52.45 in the 100 fly (6th among Americans in June).
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