200 medley relay backstroke starter, Marcin Tarczynski

Relays only bright spots as Bears fall in Big Meet

STANFORD, Calif. — The Big Meet ended as it began: full-throated whistles punctuating the electric air, a spirited anchor leg from a charging challenger, a raucous crowd’s crescendo as two competing hands reached for final wall in sync. For three minutes each, two relays befit the Cal-Stanford rivalry at its
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Bears win decisive victory against USC

In a matchup of teams ranked just a spot apart in the national rankings, No. 5 USC and No. 6 Cal were supposed to play it close. If either team was to blow the other out of the water, it would be the higher-ranked Trojans. But in Friday’s dual meet
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Bears look to upset talented USC squad

The USC men’s swim team consistently ranks among the best in the nation. In the 11 dual meets against Cal since 2000, the Trojans have been nationally ranked all but twice, reaching the top 10 seven of those years. Yet in spite of USC’s perennial talent, the Cal men’s swim
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Bears to face first test of season

It has been more than 47 days since the Cal men’s swimming team last competed. But when the Bears hit the pool at Spieker Aquatics Center this weekend, it will be for their last two home meets of the season. In No. 1 Arizona, the Bears will face their greatest
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Bears split time in two meets in Georgia

The Cal men’s swim team will be over 2,000 miles from Berkeley this weekend, its four-day trip to Georgia as far as any Bear will travel this season. So it makes sense that No. 6 Cal will be making the most out of its trip. Current and former Bear swimmers
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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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