Array of Cal swimmers heads to Omaha for Olympic Trials

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If you’re a fan of Cal men’s swimming, you’re likely to see some familiar faces at the upcoming USA Olympic Swimming Team Trials — 35 of them, in fact.

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 35 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.

Most likely to make a name for himself at the Games is former Cal star Nathan Adrian, who decorated his resumé with the Bears from 2007-11. Adrian, who won a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics as a member of the 400 free relay, is the country’s No. 1 seed in the 100 free, three-hundredths of a second ahead of 14-time gold medalist Michael Phelps. The three-time NCAA champion in the 100 free will also compete in the 50 free.

Adrian isn’t the only former Cal swimmer who’s made a name for himself. Former gold medalist Anthony Ervin, 31, will begin his comeback from retirement by competing in the same events as Adrian. Ervin, who won a gold medal in the 50 free in 2000, retired from the sport in 2003, but resumed training last year to prepare for the Olympics, which begin on July 27.

Of the Cal contingent in Omaha, ten are former Cal athletes, 19 are currently on the Cal men’s swimming roster, and six will join the team in the fall of 2012. The 32 swimmers will combine to swim 78 events, and 24 athletes will swim in multiple events.

Most of the Bears who will compete in Omaha earned championship experience the last two years, as the men’s swim team won back-to-back NCAA titles in 2011 and 2012. 23 swimmers from the two teams will compete this week, including six-time NCAA Tom Shields.

The Cal swimmers who advance to London will join three former Cal swimmers who have already qualified for the Games, and likely several more. Graeme Moore, who swam with Cal from 2007-11, will take part in South Africa’s 4 by 100 freestyle relay. Former Cal swimmers Sara Isakovic and Lauren Boyle will compete for their national squads — Slovenia and New Zealand, respectively. Teri McKeever, a fixture of Cal women’s swimming for 20 years, will head the USA women’s swim team, an honor earned in part by the three NCAA team titles she has earned Cal in the last four years.

Below is a list of former, future, and current Cal men’s swimmers who will be competing in the Games, along with the events in which they will compete.

Former Cal swimmers
Nathan Adrian — 50 free, 100 free
Bennett Clark — 50 free
William Copeland — 50 free, 100 free
Anthony Ervin — 50 free, 100 free
Nolan Koon — 100 breast, 200 breast
Sean Mahoney — 100 breast, 200 breast
Chris Rogers — 100 back, 200 back
David Russell — 100 back, 200 back, 100 fly, 200 fly
Daniel Smith — 100 back
Robert Sullivan — 100 fly, 200 fly

Current swimmers
Austin Brown — 200 fly, 100 fly
Anthony Cox — 100 back
Scott Farley — 400 free
Shayne Fleming — 50 free, 100 free
Dana Foster — 50 free
Will Hamilton — 400 free, 200 free, 200 fly, 100 fly
Greg Harper — 200 fly
Adam Jorgensen — 200 fly
Christian Higgins — 100 breast, 200 breast
Adam Hinshaw — 400 IM, 400 free, 200 free, 200 IM, 1500 free
Ben Hinshaw — 400 IM, 200 fly, 200 IM
Trevor Hoyt — 100 breast, 200 breast
Tyler Messerschmidt — 200 free, 100 back, 100 free, 50 free
Sam Metz — 400 free, 200 free, 200 breast, 200 IM
Chris Packer — 50 free
Tom Shields — 100 fly, 200 fly, 200 free
Seth Stubblefield — 200 free, 200 fly, 100 free, 50 free, 100 fly
Ryan Studebaker — 200 breast
Nick Trowbridge — 100 back, 200 back

Swimmers committed to Cal for 2012-13 season
Michael Haney — 200 fly, 100 free
Jameson Lyon — 1500 free
Jacob Pebley — 100 back, 400 IM, 200 back, 200 IM
Josh Prenot — 400 IM, 100 breast, 200 fly, 200 breast, 200 IM
Sam Shimomura — 200 free, 400 free, 1500 free
Trent Williams — 200 free