BAKERSFIELD, California, February 6. THE California Golden Bears used today’s dual meet against Cal State-Bakersfield as a warm-up for tomorrow’s battle with Southern California, beating the Roadrunners 140-108.
The word “warm-up” might be a bit misleading, as temperatures hovered in the mid-50s during the meet. But each team performed despite the chilly and cloudy weather, with Cal posting the top time in each event.
After California went 1-2 in the meet’s opening event, the 200 medley relay, Long Gutierrez took the 1000 freestyle with a 9:22.66 ahead of CSUB’s Gabriel Bertrand, who posted a 9:41.15 as the only two under 10 minutes in the event today.
Will Hamilton, looking to return to the top of the podium in the 200 fly at the NCAAs after winning in 2012, won the 200 free with a 1:39.82. Most notable about his win was his come-from-behind victory over distance ace Jeremy Bagshaw, who was second with a 1:39.91.
With Cal’s backstroke duo of Ryan Murphy and Jacob Pebley sitting out the 100 back, that gave teammate Henry Chung the opportunity to win the event with a 51.52. Ryan Studebaker and Marcin Tarczynski went 1-2 for Cal in the 100 breast with times of 57.37 and 58.90, respectively.
Gutierrez attempted to post a double win today, but settled for second in the 200 fly with a 1:57.17 behind Adam Hinshaw’s 1:52.32. The men’s 50 freestyle illustrated how much the weather affected performances, with Seth Stubblefield getting to the wall first with a 20.91. He’s been much faster this season, with two sub-20 second swims to his credit.
Trent Williams got the win in the men’s 100 free with a 46.11, with Pebley second in 46.79. In the 200 back, multiple NCAA finalist Josh Prenot won with a 1:48.99, with Jeremy Bagshaw second in 1:49.11.
Freshman Hunter Cobleigh got his first dual meet win with a 2:04.76 in the 200 breast, followed by Adam Hinshaw taking the 500 free with a 4:30.98.
With the meet victory secured after the 500 free, Cal swam exhibition in the final three races. Ryan Murphy posted a 48.74 in the 100 fly for the top time in the event, but the first-place points went to CSUB’s Louis Wojciechowski, the younger brother of Michigan All-American John, who swam a 52.27.
Dennis Cassidy officially won the 200 IM with a 2:02.77, though four Cal swimmers that could likely be point scorers in the event swam faster. Hamilton was fastest with a 1:49.23, Chuck Katis second in 1:50.27, Tarczynski third with a 1:50.90 and Pebley fourth with a 1:52.76.
Tyler Messerschmidt also found the weather to keep him from a stellar 50 free, leading off the 200 free relay with a 20.94 to conclude the meet.