Tom Shields Swimming Feature 11/11/11

In between dreams

Junior standout Tom Shields once dreamed of swimming for USC. But his bigger dream was winning a team title — which he did last season with Cal.

The rain at Spieker Aquatics Center is relentless. As the Cal men’s swim team finishes its practice, the players and coaches stream towards the exit. After over an hour in the pool, the swimmers clearly prefer pool water to rainwater. It’s odd how water from the sky affects these swimmers
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Cal claims three events at home meet

Stanford’s Chad La Tourette is a world-class long-distance swimmer. An NCAA champion in the 1650 free and an All-American in all three years on the Cardinal squad, the senior also finished sixth at last year’s NCAA Championships in the 500 free. At Wednesday’s Triple-Distance Meet between Cal and Stanford, La
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Cal feels no pressure to repeat after banner year

How does a defending national champion enter the season as an underdog? The 2010-11 Cal men’s swim team capped one of the most spectacular seasons in the program’s history with a national championship, holding off Texas to win the Bears’ first team title since 1980. After finishing second to the
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Bears open season against Cal Poly

Cal men’s swimming is not the same as it was last year. Given the success of last year’s team, that might cause some to worry. Last year’s squad finished the 2010-11 season No. 1 in the country, culminating the year with its first NCAA team championship since 1980. But as
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Almost Famous

With the London Olympics a year away, Nathan Adrian is on the edge of glory. And he's the last to know it.

Editor: Hey, we need to run a feature soon. Got any ideas? Katie: I just realized we’ve never written one on Nathan Adrian. How could that be? The guy’s one of the most decorated athletes in Cal history. I’m looking at his bio right now: 11 national championships, seven conference
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