NCAA Champion Cal Men Have 3 Home Meets in Title Defense Season.

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

Date Opponent Host
9/20 King of the Pool @ Cal Poly
10/3 Pacific @ Pacific
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
1/24 Arizona @ Cal
1/25 Arizona State @ Cal
2/7-2/8 UC San Diego Invitational @ UC San Diego
2/7 USC @ USC
2/22 Stanford @ Stanford
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.

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Ragnar
2 years ago

King of the pool is always a really cool concept, every team ought to run one early season.

Heyitsme
Reply to  Ragnar
2 years ago

Don’t give my coach the idea

JP input is too short
Reply to  Ragnar
2 years ago

We did a similar thing as part of our intrasquad competition on my team. “Sprint King” was always Friday night, and then Saturday morning was “High School Meet” where everybody raced the whole high school meet lineup (minus relays, but with getting out and diving in between events) without a break.

Greg Spire SWIM SAN DIEGO
Reply to  JP input is too short
2 years ago

what is Sprint King?? you can email me at [email protected]

Swimminisgood
2 years ago

That’s actually Arvidsson in the photo, so shout out to that senior!

Jay Ryan
Reply to  Swimminisgood
2 years ago

Maybe they changed the photo after your post, but that is indeed Sean G not Karl A

Chaitha D.
Reply to  Jay Ryan
2 years ago

Yeah they changed it

(G)olden Bear
Reply to  Swimminisgood
2 years ago

That’s Grieshop in the photo.

Miles
2 years ago

The Triple Distance is in Berkeley this year

JFO
2 years ago

Isn’t Zheng Quah returning as well?

Don Megerle
2 years ago

Mackenzie Padington is redshirting this season.

Hambone
Reply to  Don Megerle
2 years ago

Pertinent?

Here Comes Lezak
2 years ago

My god that’s one more than two

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