Cal Men is ready for a weekend in Split in Southern California

Courtesy of Cal Athletics

BERKELEY – The second-ranked California men’s swimming and diving team returns to the pool this week as it travels south for split-team action in Los Angeles and San Diego. The Bears open Friday at No. 8 USC and UC San Diego at 2 p.m., then return for the Triton Invitational at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Friday’s game with the Trojans will take place at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center while the two meetings in San Diego will take place at the Canyonview Aquatic Center.

There will be no video feeds of the fixtures, but the live results can be found here.

DOUBLE ENCOUNTER SERIES
The Bears have won 18 straight doubleheaders since Oct. 3, 2018, including four so far this season against the then No. 1. 9 Virginia on Oct. 15 at Berkeley, at Utah on Oct. 22 and at home against then-No. 20 Arizona and then-No. 6 Arizona State on Jan. 21 and 22, respectively. Cal is 81-11 in dual meet under the head coach David Durden.

LAST TIME IN THE POOL
Cal swept the Arizona Schools in dominant fashion, beating the Wildcats 173-80 before defeating the Sun Devils 176-117 on senior day at the Spieker Aquatics Complex. Gabriel Jet picked up three individual wins to start the weekend against UA, starting with the best time (9:01.56) by a Bear this season in the 1,000 free yards, followed by an NCAA “B” cut of 46.90 in the 100 butterfly and a time of 1:44.53 in the 200 butterfly. Cal swept the podium spots in the 500 free, 200 free, 100 free, 50 free, 200 backstroke and 200 butterfly against Arizona. The Bears won 11 of 15 events against the Sun Devils, and ASU automatically received 30 points for Cal not competing in the diving competition.

JET ENGINE
Gabriel Jet won all five of its individual events across the weekend’s two competitions. His 1000 yard freestyle win was his lifetime best 9:01.56 and his other four wins were NCAA “B” cups. Jett has already won 12 events during his college career. The Clovis, Calif. native opened his weekend with the fastest time (9:01.56) by a bear this season in the 1,000m freestyle, went 46.90 in the 100m butterfly and posted a time of 1:44.53 in the 200 fly against then-No. 20 Arizona Saturday. Jett won the 500 free against then-No. 6 Arizona State by more than nine seconds and trailed in the 200 free before the final turn, but swam past ASU’s Grant House in the final 25 yards to take the win in 1:34.13.

DAVID MARSH JOINS BEARS IN ACTING ROLE
Cal has added internationally acclaimed coach David Marsh to its interim coaching staff, head coach David Durden announced last week. Marsh will assist Durden and volunteer assistant coach Matt Martinez for the remainder of the 2021-22 season as an assistant coach Chase Kreitler is absent from the program on paternity leave. Marsh will join the Golden Bears at the start of the month.

Inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 2021, Marsh is the founder and director of Team Elite Aquatics, considered one of the top professional swimming training groups in the United States. Marsh served as the 2016 U.S. Olympics head coach and three-time U.S. Olympics assistant coach in 1996, 2000 and 2012.

Marsh served as Auburn’s head coach from 1990 to 2007, leading the Tigers to an unprecedented streak of success with seven NCAA Men’s Tag Team Championships (1997, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007) and five women’s championships. NCAA Tag Team Championships (2002, ’03, ’04, ’06, ’07). He amassed 17 SEC titles (13 men, four women) at Auburn. Durden was an assistant staff coach at Marsh’s Auburn from 2000 to 2005, helping the Tiger’s men’s and women’s teams win six national championships during that time.

ON THE WORLD STAGE
Julian Trenton (United States), Hugo González (Spain) and Ziyad Saleem (Sudan) swam for their respective countries at the 2021 FINA World Short Course Championships in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, from December 16-21. Julian returned to Berkeley as a three-time medalist (two gold, one silver) in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay (gold, US record 6:47.00), 4x50m medley relay (gold) and 4x100m medley relay swims (silver). ). He was also a runner-up in the 200 freestyle, taking fourth place in 1:50.01 to become the second-fastest American in the event’s history. González swam in six different events, notching her best result with a ninth-place finish in the 200m backstroke (1:52.47). Saleem finished 43rd and 29th in the 100 and 200 backstroke events.

AMONG THE GREATEST
Cal was well represented in the CSCAA’s 100th anniversary celebration lists of the 100 Greatest Male Swimmers and Divers and the 100 Greatest Swimming and Diving Coaches of the Last Century. Six swimmers – Nathan Adrian, Matt Biondi, Anthony Ervin, Ryan Murphy, Graham Smith and Tom Shields – were chosen from the top 100 swimmers while David Durden and the end North Thornton were named to the list of top 100 coaches.

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