March 04, 2018
Cal men's swimming team captures fifth Pac-12 championship
San Rafael, CA: The Cal men's swimming team finished off a dominant performance to secure the fifth Pac-12 championship in program history at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, WA.
Cal will travel home to Berkeley with four relay titles and seven individual crowns and the Bears' team total of 971 points was more than 200 points to the good of second-place Stanford.
But, once all the races finished and Cal head coach Dave Durden had a chance to reflect on what his team did over the last four days, he pointed not to the significance of the last four days but rather the overall payoff for a school year filled with hard work.
"Every year is different and this year we had a great group of seniors," Durden told the Pac-12 Networks. "We had great balance. I'm probably the most proud of how our guys did in the classroom in the fall. When we have balance, and when we're doing well in the classroom, I know everything else is going to fall in line for us to swim fast."
And, while the tendency might be to fast forward three weeks and look to the NCAA Championships in Minneapolis, Minn., Saturday's accomplishment will stand on its own as another example of Cal swimming's legacy in the Pac-12 pool. The NCAA Championships are set for March 21-24 at the University of Minnesota.
"I think every coach would say, especially when we're in this position, we just need to give our guys some rest," Durden said. "We're really in a good spot. It's not so much that we're thinking about the next three weeks but we're thinking about this moment and getting back to our hotel, getting some rest and getting back home tomorrow. We know where the meet is in a couple weeks and that'll take care of itself. Right now, we're just enjoying this moment right here."
Cal men’s swimming has established itself as the premier collegiate and post-graduate program in the country under the guidance of head coach David Durden. Coach Durden is excited to offer three sessions of summer swim camps in 2018: June 10-12, June 17-19 and June 24-26. Campers will train each day on the beautiful campus of the University of California, Berkeley.
Parents, Coaches, and campers interested in Cal Men's Swimming Camps can visit //www.calsportscamps.com or call 1-800-645-3226 for more details and to register.
Join us at Cal Berkeley this summer and learn about the programs philosophy and see what the coaching staff values in their student athletes. You will also have the opportunity to hear from the current student athletes on the team and hear what they learned from their time at Cal.
About US Sports Camps: US Sports Camps (USSC), headquartered in San Rafael, California. The company has offered summer camps since 1975 with the same mission that defines it today: to shape a lifelong enjoyment of athletics through high quality sports education and skill.