Kusch Posts 44.8 Fly, Shields Posts 45.6 Back in Exhibition; Cal Beats UCSD


  • February 7, 2020
  • Hosted by UC San Diego
  • Short Course Yards
  • Full Results


  • CAL: 166
  • UC SAN DIEGO: 90

The Cal men’s team was split on the road this weekend as some of the swimmers traveled to USC and others traveled to UC San Diego. They won both meets handily, taking down UC San Diego 166 to 90.

The Bears had 4 men pick up multiple wins. Ethan Young swept the backstrokes, swimming under the former Pool Record with a 48.51 in the 100 back and a 1:47.07 in the 200 back. The 100 back record now belongs to Tom Shields, however, as he exhibitioned in 45.67. That’s his fastest swim since 2016. Calvin David took a pair of freestyle wins. He swept the distance events, recording a 4:32.28 in the 500 free and a 9:22.88 in the 1000 free.

Michael Petrides battled closely with teammate Colby Mefford in the 200 free. Petrides was out quicker at the 100, but Mefford took over on the 3rd 50. Petrides was able to take his lead back on the closing split, winning 1:38.44 to 1:38.90. Petrides went on to win the 100 free in what would have been a Pool Record time of 44.85. However, Team Elite’s Artyom Machekin broke that with a 43.41 in exhibition, dropping half a second from his best.

Christopher Jhong also picked up a couple of Cal wins swimming under the former Pool Record with his 1:48.14 in his 200 IM victory and winning the 200 breast in 2:02.10. That Pool Record didn’t last, however, as postgrad Tommy Wang exhibitioned with a 1:47.98.

The UCSD men earned a trio of wins. Their 200 medley relay squad of Tyler James (back- 23.42), Edgar Chin (breast- 24.97), Lance Freiman (fly- 21.19), and Spencer Daily (free- 19.47) set a new Pool Record in 1:29.05. Daily went on to win the 50 free (20.34) and 100 fly (48.65).

There were some postgrads competing in exhibition at this meet. Cal’s Tom Shields posted a 1:38.80 Pool Record in the 200 fly, setting a lifetime best for the first time since 2013 and becoming the 4th fastest man in history. Team Elite’s Ali Deloof smashed the Pool Record in the 100 back (53.55). Teammate Linnea Mack‘s 22.57 in the 50 free and 48.83 in the 100 free were both good for Pool Records.

Marius Kusch swam the 3rd fastest 100 fly of his career, blasting a Pool Record in 44.84. Kristian Gkolomeev joined him in the record books as he won the 50 free in 19.37. Olympic finalist Jacob Pebley clipped the 200 back Pool Record in 1:44.93.


LOS ANGELES – California flexed its depth on Friday afternoon with a pair of dual meet victories against Pac-12 Conference foe USC and UC San Diego at Uytengsu Aquatics Center and Canyonview Aquatic Center, respectively.

Half of Cal’s squad cruised past USC, 161-130, in Los Angeles before the other half handled its own business in a 166-90 win over the Tritons in San Diego. Cal improved to 5-0 in the dual meet format this season and has won 11 consecutive dual meets dating back to Oct. 3, 2018.

In Los Angeles, Zheng Wen Quah and Reece Whitley anchored Cal’s performance with 18 points apiece. Quah won both butterfly events, touching the wall in 46.76 in the 100 fly and 1:43.95 in the 200 fly, while Whitley swept the breaststroke races (53.22 in the 100 breast; 1:54.64 in the 200 breast). Both swimmers also won the 200 medley relay as they paired with Daniel Carr and Michael Jensen for a 1:26.11 finish.

Other individual victories over USC were earned by Sean Grieshop in the 500 free (4:24.65), Ryan Hoffer in the 50 free (19.64), Jensen in the 100 free (44.41), Trenton Julian in the 1000 free (9:02.88) and Bryce Mefford in the 100 back (47.18).

In San Diego, a four-pronged attack by Calvin DavidChris JhongMichael Petrides and Ethan Young paved the way to Cal’s second win of the afternoon. David captured victories in the 1000 free (9:22.88) and 500 free (4:32.28).  Jhong was the fastest finisher in the 200 breast (2:02.10) and 200 IM (1:48.14). Petrides won the 200 free (1:38.44) and 100 free (44.85) and played a role in Cal’s 400 free relay win (2:59.41). Young swept the backstroke events, taking the 100 in 48.51 and the 200 in 1:47.07.

Marcos Rico Peng earned a win in the 100 breast (55.86) while Jack Xie won in the 200 fly (1:48.04).

Cal will round out its two-day trip to SoCal with a non-scoring long course competition against UC San Diego at noon on Saturday, Feb. 8. The meet will be held at Southwestern College in Chula Vista.

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LA JOLLA, Calif. – The University of California, San Diego men’s swimming team wrapped up its first day of competition against California at Canyonview Aquatic Center. Their score against Cal

The competition featured swimmers from Team Elite, post graduate California swimmers and some of the top swimmers in the sport including Jacob Pebley, Tom Shield and Gabby Deluth.

The Tritons started the meet with bang and won the 200-yard Medley Relay with a ppol record time of 1:29.05. Tyler JamesEdgar ChinLance Freiman and Spencer Daily made up the relay team.

Spencer Daily’s performance was the highlight of the day. He won the first event of the day in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 20.34. Later he would pick up a win in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 48.65.

Edgar Chin came in second in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke. His time in the 100 was 55.93 and his 200 time was 2:04.99. Hayden Johnson had a strong race in the 500-yard and finished second with a time of 4:33.04.

The Tritons resume competition and will race long course February 8 at Southwestern College at noon.

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2 years ago

Is Gkolomeev training with team elite?

Ol’ Longhorn
Reply to  Scott
2 years ago

Hope not for his sake.

2 years ago

Not only did Shields move from number 9 to number 4 on the all time list, he moved into #2 American, behind only Conger.

2 years ago

I would love it if shields took the 2nd 2 fly spot behind Luca

Reply to  Bruh
2 years ago

I’m rooting for Shields in the 100, Wright in the 200.

All depends on Luca’s shoulder as well, 200 fly is a brutal event to take on if you’ve been in restricted training for 2-3 months, particularly as he hasn’t been able to build the kind of aerobic base that a 25 year old pro has.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Togger
2 years ago

Ah yes. The legendary “aerobic base.” After a point, “aerobic base” doesn’t contribute to anything. There are no further gains in capillary or mitochondrial density without more significant stimuli (like HIIT), the heart doesn’t remodel and hypertrophy more (it just runs into problems like SVT, which we’ve seen in Pernille, King Kyle, Clark Smith) than it already has, and lung volumes don’t further change. I’m sure Luca has plenty “aerobic base” to last him a lifetime. If total years of aerobic base training contributed significantly to 200 fly speed, there’s a thousand of us old farts you used to do 15,000 meters a day (and that took a long time since we were so slow) 6 days a week who… Read more »

OG Prodigy
Reply to  Bruh
2 years ago

Doubtful he makes 200m Fly. But if hes 1:38 Scy this weekend, that 100m fly is looking good for him! Best of luck Shields!

Daeleb Cressel
2 years ago

Shields was very impressive, but there was also a super impressive 100 fly from Marius Kusch in 44.8!

Daeleb Cressel
Reply to  Daeleb Cressel
2 years ago

Lol looks like the headline changed after I commented

Reply to  Lauren Neidigh
2 years ago

Pro swimmers aren’t allowed in “regular events”. I’m assuming they swam during the breaks, and the results somehow combined them?

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Lauren Neidigh

Lauren Neidigh is a former NCAA swimmer at the University of Arizona (2013-2015) and the University of Florida (2011-2013). While her college swimming career left a bit to be desired, her Snapchat chin selfies and hot takes on Twitter do not disappoint. She's also a high school graduate of The …

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