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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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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Men’s swimming dominates Cal Poly meet

In the Cal men’s swimming team’s meet with Cal Poly this weekend, the rules dictated that neither team was to be declared winner. In spite of the rules, it was obvious which team left the pool with the more talented swimmers.

All the world’s a stage

Summertime is traditionally a dead-zone for sports and — most importantly — a time for unyielding relaxation after a grueling school year. Apparently, no one told these Cal athletes. Many have passed up on the comforts of leisurely sunbathing to continue competing on the national and international levels. Here’s a
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