Olympic Moment of the Week: Matt Biondi wins eight gold medals

Besides Mark Spitz and Michael Phelps, no swimmer has ever matched the eight golds Matt Biondi racked up from 1984-92 in Los Angeles, Seoul and Barcelona. Only five athletes have surpassed Biondi’s mark in any sport. You could make the argument that Biondi is not just the greatest swimmer Cal has ever produced, but the best athlete the school has had in any sport.
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Speaking out from beyond Spieker

You can smell the chlorine before you even step on the deck of Spieker Aquatics Center. The potent smell wafts over you well before you walk toward the grandstands by the pool, a captivating mix of sterility, purity and pure, water-muted athleticism. Only a select few people at Cal recognize
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upcoming Olympic Trials.

Array of Cal swimmers heads to Omaha for Olympic Trials

An array of former, current and future Cal men’s swimmers will compete for a trip to London this summer as a part of USA Swimming’s contingent at the 2012 Olympic Games. While most of the 32 Bears competing will return from the trials in Omaha, Neb. from June 25 to July 2 without advancing to the Olympics, a few members have their sights set on London.
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The top 10 moments in Cal sports this year: Part two

The last year was a memorable one in Cal athletics for a variety of moments. From softball’s run to the Women’s College World Series to the national titles for both swim teams, there were more great moments than we could fit. Read on to see which ones made our list.

The last year was a memorable one in Cal athletics for a variety of moments. From softball’s run to the Women’s College World Series to the national titles for both swim teams, there were more great moments than we could fit. Read on to see which ones made our list.
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Look past the pigskin and the hardwood court

News flash: People care about football and basketball teams more than other Cal sports! Until Ivan Rackov becomes a household name like Aaron Rodgers, that’s not going to change. Tens of thousands will flock to Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoons, Haas Pavilion will host thousands more throughout the winter, and
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Keep those expectations to yourself

If each and every Cal swimmer turns in the meet of his life this weekend, the Cal men’s swim team has a chance to leave Seattle with its second consecutive national championship. And if the squad wins another national title, the city of Berkeley needs to throw a ticker-tape parade
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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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