Defending NCAA Champions Cal Men Release schedule

  6 Braden Keith | September 06th, 2012 | College, Featured, News

The two-time defending NCAA men’s champion from Cal have released their schedule, and the Golden Bears will begin competing very early in the season, as they often do, at this weekend’s Tiburon Mile Open Water swim.

After that, their season will follow a fairly predictable path, with the Cal Poly Invitational meet (renamed from King & Queen of the Pool), before welcoming in a pair of mid-level dual meets (this year’s are against Pacific and Wisconsin). With Wisconsin bringing their new star Michael Weiss to town, we should get some great IM battles with him and Marcin Tarczynski.

Next up is the traditional Stanford Triple Dual Meet, hosted across the bay in Palo Alto this year, where swimmers divide into stroke groups and race three distances for their stroke, with the event win going to the fastest aggregate time.

Up next will be the Georgia Invitational in late November/early December, where the Bears in their own words will send a “contingent”. That implies that a part of the team will also head to Winter Nationals in Austin, which are in yards this season.

After a 6-week meet break for the holidays, the Bears return for their hosted two-day Cal Invitational before beginning the tough part of their competition: the Pac-12 schedule.

This year’s meets will feature an away trip to face off against the Arizona schools, and then welcoming in USC and a return trip from Stanford to end the regular season.

Pac-12’s will head back to the legendary Belmont Plaza this season, after a one year hiatus in East LA while Belmont underwent emergency repairs. Then it’s off to Indianapolis for the NCAA Championships, where the Golden Bears will seek a threepeat.

The Bears tend to shy away from any huge, head-on tests early in the season; aside from the Winter Nationals/Georgia Invite, there aren’t really any huge meets on the schedule in the first semester. What this allows, however, is for head coach Dave Durden to play with his lineups a bit: a luxury that gives him the opportunity to discover things like Tom Shields being capable of pulling off a 100 fly-100 back NCAA Championship double on day 2 of that schedule.

“Overall, our schedule provides some good balance,” Durden said of his newest marching orders. “We will see some great competition early, and we will have the opportunity to evaluate our squad in some different line-up situations.”

2012-2013 Cal Men’s SCHEDULE
DateOpponent / EventLocationTime / Result
09/09/12vs. Tiburon Mile SwimTiburon, Calif.9:00 a.m. PT
Cal Poly Invitational
09/21/12vs. Cal Poly InvitationalSan Luis Obispo, Calif.All Day
09/22/12vs. Cal Poly InvitationalSan Luis Obispo, Calif.All Day
10/10/12vs. PacificBerkeley, Calif.1:00 p.m. PT
11/03/12vs. WisconsinBerkeley, Calif.12:00 p.m. PT
11/07/12at Triple Distance MeetStanford, Calif.2:00 p.m. PT
Georgia Invitational
11/30/12Georgia InvitationalAthens, Ga.All Day
12/01/12Georgia InvitationalAthens, Ga.All Day
12/02/12Georgia InvitationalAthens, Ga.All Day
Cal Invitational
01/19/13Cal InvitationalBerkeley, Calif.All Day
01/20/13Cal InvitationalBerkeley, Calif.All Day
01/25/13at ArizonaTucson, Ariz.2:00 p.m. PT
01/26/13at Arizona StateTempe, Ariz.12:00 p.m. PT
02/07/13vs. CSU BakersfieldBerkeley, Calif.11:00 a.m. PT
02/08/13vs. USCBerkeley, Calif.TBA
02/23/13vs. StanfordBerkeley, Calif.1:00 p.m. PT
Pac-12 Diving Championships
02/28/13Pac-12 Diving Championships TVFederal Way, Wash.All Day
03/01/13Pac-12 Diving Championships TVFederal Way, Wash.All Day
03/02/13Pac-12 Diving Championships TVFederal Way, Wash.All Day
Pac-12 Swimming Championships
03/06/13Pac-12 Swimming Championships TVLong Beach, Calif.All Day
03/07/13Pac-12 Swimming Championships TVLong Beach, Calif.All Day
03/08/13Pac-12 Swimming Championships TVLong Beach, Calif.All Day
03/09/13Pac-12 Swimming Championships TVLong Beach, Calif.All Day
Pac-12 Invitational
03/10/13Pac-12 InvitationalLong Beach, Calif.All Day
NCAA Championships
03/28/13NCAA ChampionshipsIndianapolis, Ind.All Day
03/29/13NCAA ChampionshipsIndianapolis, Ind.All Day
03/30/13NCAA ChampionshipsIndianapolis, Ind.All Day

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6 Comments on "Defending NCAA Champions Cal Men Release schedule"

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3 years 11 months ago

now that skip’s gone, cal better watch out. no more mr. nice trees.

3 years 11 months ago

I think Skip being gone will help Stanford’s program. I think Arizona will win PAC-12’s this year as the pressure of the streak for conference titles is lessened some with Skip being gone (IMO) and NCAA’s will be a battle between Cal and Stanford with the divers keeping Stanford in the race…..BUT in the end…..Cal wins again

3 years 11 months ago

It’s a solid schedule for Cal, where there isn’t too much emphasis on dual meets. Nearly a third of the 2013 team is new: 8 freshmen and 3 transfers (Tony Cox-Auburn, Jeremie DeZwiek-Columbia, and Chris Leon-UCSB), so Durden needs some variety in the schedule to get the kinks out and see who fits where.

3 years 11 months ago

The schedule does not include the women’s NCAA champs March 21-23 in Indianapolis

3 years 11 months ago

Sorry, this is men’s schedule!


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