SAN LUIS OBISPO, California, September 22. SHOWING his impressive versatility, Cal's Marcin Tarczynski was crowned the “King of the Pool” for the third year in a row during an exhibition pentathlon swim meet Friday (Sept. 21) at Cal Poly's Anderson Aquatic Center in San Luis Obispo.
Tarczynski combined the day's overall fastest times in the 100 fly, 100 back, 100 breast, 100 free and 100 individual medley. The junior from Warsaw, Poland, who was the 2012 NCAA champion in the 200 IM and competed at the 2012 London Olympics, had the lowest aggregate time of 4:12.39 at the meet, edging sophomore teammate Will Hamilton's overall mark of 4:14.18.
Tarczynski captured the “King of the Pool” honor by placing first in the 100 fly (48.29), 100 back (49.22) and 100 IM (50.20). He also had the fourth fastest time in the 100 breast (58.03) and the sixth fastest time in the 100 free (46.65). He had competed in the 100-meter back at the 2012 Olympics, placing seventh in his heat with a time of 55.06, after capturing the NCAA title in the 200 IM in a school record time of 1:41.97.
Other individual event winners included Hamilton in the 100 free (45.64) and Golden Bear senior Trevor Hoyt in the 100 breast (55.94). Hamilton was the 2012 NCAA champion in the 200 fly (1:40.94) as a freshman. Hoyt was the national runner-up in the 200 breast (school record 1:51.90) at the 2012 NCAA meet.
On Saturday (Sept. 22), the Cal men will team up with the Cal women for co-ed races in the 200-yard medley relay and 200 freestyle relay.
The Bears' men's swimming and diving program, winners of two straight NCAA team titles under head coach David Durden, return three individual NCAA champions from 2012 – senior Tom Shields (100 fly and 100 back), Tarczynski (200 IM) and Hamilton (200 fly) — plus five members from national champion relays (Shields, junior Shayne Fleming, sophomores Fabio Gimondi, Seth Stubblefield and Tyler Messerschmidt) — for the upcoming campaign.
Following the Cal Poly meet, Durden's squad begins its 2012-13 dual meet schedule Oct. 10 versus Pacific (1 p.m. start), and Nov. 3 versus Wisconsin (12 p.m.) at Spieker Aquatics Complex.
Rachel Bootsma won her first competition as a Golden Bear, dethroning California and U.S. Olympic teammate Caitlin Leverenz as the Queen of the Pool in the annual Cal Poly season opener on Friday at the Anderson Aquatic Center. After swimming in five 100-yard events, Bootsma accumulated the lowest combined time (4:42.68), with Leverenz — who had won the previous three events at Cal Poly — finishing in second place (4:43.40).
Elizabeth Pelton, another Cal freshman, took third place with a combined time of 4:45.01; freshman teammate Kelly Naze was fourth (4:48.73); junior Bear Cindy Tran was fifth (4:57.36). In fact, Bears filled the first 14 out of 39 places, with Cal Poly's Chrissy Thomas taking 15th (5:07.07) and the Mustangs' Angie Haven placing 16th (5:07.40).
Bootsma — who earned gold in the 400-meter medley relay in the London Olympics — won three of the five individual events — the 100 butterfly (54.48), 100 backstroke (54.49) and 100 freestyle (50.74). Leverenz — who took bronze in the 200-meter individual medley in the London Olympics and the 200-yard IM and 200 breaststroke at last year's NCAA Championships — captured the 100-yard IM (55.52) and the 100 breaststroke (1:02.36) at Cal Poly.
On Saturday, the Cal women will team up with the Cal men's team for co-ed races in the 200-yard medley relay and 200-freestyle relay. There is no diving competition on either day of the Cal Poly meet.
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