Congratulations California — 2014 Men’s NCAA Team Champions!

by Amanda Smith 40

March 29th, 2014 College, News

The California Bears captured the men’s Division I NCAA Championship title tonight in Austin, Texas, by surpassing the Texas Longhorns in the final night of competition.

Cal was down six points after finals on day two to the Longhorns. The Bears came back big in preliminaries, putting up 7 A finalists and 2 consolation final swims compared to Texas’ 5/5 — without accounting for the milers. The team then moved up from their seeds all night, and by the 200 butterfly, they had a 64.5 point lead heading into diving.

We at SwimSwam like to do the math, and this was the scenario at hand. For Cal to lose the title, Texas would have to win the diving, win the 400 freestyle relay and have Cal disqualify their relay. And it would leave the Bears just 1 point behind the Longhorns. But Duke’s Nick McCrory won platform diving on a massive last dive from Nick McCrory, which then sealed the fate for the Bears and allowed them to rip on the 400 freestyle relay.

Cal had quite the weekend in Austin. They walked away with relay titles in the 200 medley, 200 freestyle and 400 medley relays; plus individual event winner, Ryan Murphy, won the 100 and 200 backstroke. But it was non-winning swims that were just as pivotal in this victory.  Like Jeremy Bagshaw on the last day of the meet placing second in the 1650 in the new school record from the “early” heats, and Marcin Tarczynski finishing third in the 200 butterfly — putting on their “big boy senior pants” as Cal fans would say.

This is the fifth team title for the Bears. They won in 1979 and 1980, then again in 2011 and 2012; making this the third title in four years for Durden and his Cal men.

Congratulations to the Cal swimmers and their staff, including:

  • Dave Durden, Head Coach
  • Yuri Suguiyama, Assistant Coach
  • Todd Mulzet, Diving Head
  • Joel Smith, Strength Coach
  • Jay, Della, Corina and Eddie, Masseuses

Your 2014 Men’s NCAA Swimming & Diving Champions: the Cal Golden Bears

Name Yr. Hometown (Prev School)
Bagshaw, Jeremy Sr. Victoria, B.C., Canada (St. Michaels Univ. School)
Burns, Janardan Fr. Aliso Viejo, Calif. (Aliso Niguel)
Campbell, Sven Fr. Oakland, Calif. (Campolindo)
Chung, Henry Jr. Hong Kong (Ventura College) (Diocesan Boy’s School)
Cobleigh, Hunter Fr. Thousand Oaks, Calif. (Westlake)
Cox, Tony Sr. Northridge, Calif. (Bishop Alemany)
Cyr, Peter So. Hamden, CT (Hamden)
DeZwirek, Jeremie Jr. San Jose, Calif. (Archbishop Mitty)
Dillinger, Nick So. Gillette, Wy. (Gillette)
Farley, Scott Sr. Pasadena, Calif. (San Marino)
Fiepke, Jonathan Fr. West Des Moines, Iowa (Dowling Catholic)
Fleming, Shayne Sr. San Jose, Calif. (Valley Christian)
Gimondi, Fabio Jr. Milan, Italy (Primo Levi)
Gutierrez, Long Fr. Cottonwood, Utah (Brighton)
Haeberle, Scott So. Bloomington, Ind. (Bloomington South)
Hamilton, Will Jr. Franklin, Mich. (Detroit Country Day)
Haney, Michael So. Rialto, Calif. (Bloomington)
Hinshaw, Adam Jr. Saratoga, Calif. (Saratoga)
Huston, Grayson Sr. Carmel, Calif. (Carmel)
Katis, Chuck Jr. Falls Church, Va. (Langley)
Leon, Chris Jr. Walnut Creek, Calif. (Berean Christian)
Lyon, Jameson So. Carlsbad, Calif. (La Costa Canyon)
Messerschmidt, Tyler So. Phoenix, Ariz. (Desert Edge)
Murphy, Ryan Fr. Ponte Vedre, Fla. (The Bolles School)
Pebley, Jacob So. Corvallis, Ore. (Crescent Valley)
Prenot, Josh So. Orcutt, Calif. (Family Partnership Charter School)
Pullen, Tyler Sr. Pleasanton, Calif. (Amador Valley)
Ryckman, Jesse Jr. Westlake Village, Calif. (Oaks Christian)
Selby, Thomas Jr. Menlo Park, Calif. (Sacred Heart Prep)
Shimomura, Sam So. Santa Cruz, Calif. (Bellarmine College Prep)
Stassi, Dane Jr. Irvine, Calif. (UC San Diego)
Stubblefield, Seth Jr. Plano, Texas (Plano Senior)
Studebaker, Ryan Sr. Auburn, Calif. (Placer)
Tarczynski, Marcin Sr. Warsaw, Poland (LO im. Janusza Kusocinskiego)
Thai, Harrison Fr. La Canada, Calif. (Crescenta Valley)
Tyrrell, Jamie Sr. Granite Bay, Calif. (Granite Bay)
Williams, Dillon Fr. Danville, Calif. (Monte Vista)
Williams, Trent So. San Diego, Calif. (Rancho Bernardo)

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calswimfan

Congrats Bears!! And shout-outs to the seniors! You guys have been great and will be missed!

HulkSmash

Jeremie Dezwirek for MVP!

GC

Why post as Hulk Swim when you are not? Hulk Swim is an awesome part of this site. I know Hulk Swim (obviously not me) and this isn’t him – be yourself.

C Martin

Durden was right when he said Bagshaw opened the flood gates–and who knew the title would start with a Cal miler! Outstanding meet for Cal, and congratulations to all swimmers this weekend in Austin!

PS – we’ll see who can convert to long course success this summer! (Cordes, Bosch, etc.)

anonymous

No, Chuck Katis for MVP!

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Amanda Smith is a former swimmer at both Indiana and USC, where she earned a total of nine All-American honors at the NCAA Championships. Smith, a middle-distance specialist as a swimmer, was also 3-time USC School Record holder, a 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year nominee, and an Olympic Trials …

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