Cal Men’s Swimming Recognized at Oakland A’s Home Game; Dave Durden Throws First Pitch

Photo Courtesy: Oakland Athletics/Cal Athletics

OAKLAND, California, April 22. THE members of the NCAA championships men’s swimming team from the University of California-Berkeley traveled to Oakland tonight for a special appearance at an Oakland Athletics home baseball game, where head coach Dave Durden threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

The event was a special moment to commemorate the team title won by the Bears last month in Austin, Texas, over the Texas Longhorns. Tonight’s game featured the Dallas/Fort Worth-based Texas Rangers, putting a bit of symbolism in the proceedings.

Following are a sequence of photos featuring Durden preparing for and executing his pitch. It’s fitting that as he was as close as he could be to cheer on his swimmers at the NCAA championships, his swimmers stood just off the mound to cheer for Durden in his moment in the sun.

(Photos via Oakland Athletics)

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Author: Jeff Commings

Jeff Commings is the host of several shows on SwimmingWorld.TV, including "The Morning Swim Show," which features interviews with people making headlines in aquatic sports. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism and was a nine-time NCAA All-American.

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