The 2019 NCAA men’s team champions, the Cal Golden Bears, have released their 2019-20 schedule. Among the schedule revelations, the Cal Bears will not be competing against Utah this season, in spite of their female Cal colleagues having the Utes on the schedule.
The Golden Bears’ mid-season campaign will take place at the Minnesota Invitational, which is to also feature Texas, Michigan, Arizona, and Iowa on the men’s side. Among that representation are 4 of the 5 teams that have won men’s NCAA Division I team titles in the last 20 years (with Auburn being the exception). Below is the full 2019-20 meet schedule for the Cal men.
2019-20 Meet Schedule
|9/20||King of the Pool||@ Cal Poly|
|11/8-11/10||USC Diving Invitational||@ USC|
|11/8||Triple Distance Meet (w/ Stanford)||@ Cal|
|11/21-11/23||Texas Diving Invitational||@ Texas|
|12/4-12/7||Minnesota Invitational||@ Minnesota|
|1/17-1/19||UCLA Diving Invitational||@ UCLA|
|1/18-1/19||Cal Invitational||@ Cal|
|1/25||Arizona State||@ Cal|
|2/7-2/8||UC San Diego Invitational||@ UC San Diego|
|2/26-2/29||Pac-12 Diving Championships||@ Federal Way|
|3/4-3/7||Pac-12 Men’s Swimming Championships||@ Federal Way|
|3/8||Pac-12 Last Chance Invitational||@ Federal Way|
|3/9-3/11||NCAA Zone E Diving Championships||@ Federal Way|
|3/25-3/28||NCAA Men’s Swimming Championships||@ IUPUI|
This season, the Cal men will place more emphasis on training in the first half of the season, with only three dual meets and the Minnesota Invitational to contest in the 2019 half. To open the 2020 calendar year, the Bears will host the ‘Cal Invitational’ (which is actually a club meet/fundraiser) followed by back-to-back dual meets against Arizona and Arizona State.
After their 2020 openers, the Golden Bears will split in early February and travel to San Diego and USC for invites, much as they did last year. The Bears are scheduled to close regular season with a dual against their arch-rivals the Stanford men before traveling to Federal Way to defend their Pac-12 title and IUPUI to defend their NCAA title.
A big loss for the Bears in 2019-2020 is 3-time 2019 NCAA champion and Worlds team member Andrew Seliskar, who scored big in middle-distance stroke events as a senior last year. However, returning this season will be elite sprinters Ryan Hoffer, Michael Jensen, and Pawel Sendyk, along with distance swimmers Sean Grieshop and Trenton Julian, backstrokers Bryce Mefford and Daniel Carr, and breaststroke stud Reece Whitley. The team also adds former SEC champion Hugo Gonzalez, who is transferring in after sitting out last year to train at home in Spain.