TEMPE, Arizona, January 26. THE California Golden Bears wrapped up a road trip to Arizona today with wins in men's and women's competition against Pac-12 opponent Arizona State. The Cal women won 177-121, while the men managed a 163-126 win.
Courtesy of: Peter H. Bick
Courtesy of: Peter H. Bick
Josh Prenot was the star of the meet on the men's side, taking two official wins in two diverse events, with another unofficial win as an exhibition swimmer in another, continuing a great dual meet season for the Bears. Prenot won the 100 breast in 56.64 in a come-from-behind victory over ASU's Thibaut Capitaine, then followed it up with a 4:32.16 win in the 500 free. He wrapped up his meet with that unofficial win, coming in the 200 IM with a 1:49.75.
Tom Shields had a more relaxed schedule today, after making his senior-season collegiate competition debut yesterday against the University of Arizona. Shields won the 100 back in 47.97, one of the two events he is expected to defend in the March NCAA championships. Shields was also part of the winning 200 medley relay, but it was later disqualified.
After posting a 1:44.50 in the 200 back yesterday in the dual meet against Arizona, Jacob Pebley cruised to victory today with a 1:46.19. Ben Hinshaw also notched a win for the Golden Bears with a 45.44 in the 100 free, while Shayne Fleming captured the 50 free win with a 20.27. Trent Williams and Michael Haney allowed Cal to sweep all the freestyle events in the men's meet, as Williams won the 200 free in 1:39.09, and Haney captured the 1000 free with a 9:22.31.
Alex Coci had an impressive day, taking the win in both butterfly events. He won the 200 fly in 1:49.90 over reigning NCAA champion Will Hamilton's 1:50.11, then took the 100 fly in 48.79. Coci finished in the top 16 in both butterfly events last season while representing Alabama.
After missing out on the win in the 100 breast, Capitaine was able to win the 200 breast for the Sun Devils with a 2:04.31. And Zac Dalby got the first-place points in the 200 IM with a 1:55.65, thanks to exhibition swims by Cal swimmers.
Harrison Jones had his hands full in diving competition yesterday, but was able to comfortably win the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events today.
Caitlin Leverenz won three events as the Cal women put on a show this afternoon. Leverenz won the 200 fly (2:00.70), 200 breast (2:15.61) and 200 IM (2:02.50).
The two Rachels, Bootsma and Acker, both notched double victories today. Bootsma won the 100 back in 54.06 over teammate and reigning 100 back champion Cindy Tran, then took the 100 fly with a 54.95. Acker was the sprint queen of the day winning the 50 free with a 23.63 and the 100 free with a 50.40.
Yvette Kong was the other individual event winner of the day for California, taking the 100 breast in 1:04.75. The Golden Bears also were able to win both the 200 medley and 200 free relays.
Arizona State's women's teams came away with four victories, two of them by Tristin Baxter. First, she won the 1000 free with a 10:04.41 then captured the 500 free with a 4:49.42. Shannon Landgrebe was able to win the 200 free with a 1:49.36, while Lizzy Luttrell captured the 200 back with a 2:00.74.
Morgan Weller and Hailey Casper both went1-2 on diving for Arizona State, with Casper winning the 1-meter event and Weller taking the 3-meter competition.
Results: California vs. Arizona State