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Swimming: Cal men fall short of NCAA 3-peat

By Jeff Faraudo
Sunday, March 31st, 2013 at 12:44 am in Swimming.

Tom Shields set an American short-course record in the 200-yard butterfly, but Michigan dethroned two-time champion Cal in the NCAA men’s swimming championships at Indianapolis.

The Wolverines won their first national crown since 1995. They scored 480 points to 406.5 for the runnerup Bears.

Shields won the 200 fly in 1 minute, 39.65 seconds for his 11th NCAA title.

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The Cal rugby team beat Utah 51-29 at Witter Field to clinch the inaugural PAC Rugby Conference title. The Bears improved to 18-0 on the season, 5-0 in conference play.

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Cal football signee Takkarist McKinley of Kennedy HS in Richmond won the high school section of the 100 meters at the Stanford Invitational, running 10.71 seconds.

Keep in mind, this is a 6-foot-3, 240-pound defense end . . . with sprinter’s speed.

Amador Valley HS’s Matt Esparza, who will compete next season for the Cal track team, won the shot put with a toss of 59 feet, 6 1/4 inches and was third in the discus at 158-0.

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  • Eric

    Last weekend, at the Mt. Carmel invitational, Kalfani Muhammed won the 100 meter and 200 meter, and anchored the 4×100 meter and 4×400 meter winning teams. He is currently ranked first in California in both the 100 (10.47) and 200 (21.39).

    We are getting us some FAST recruits.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    I can’t wait for the WR that runs a reverse and gets caught from behind by a DE before he turns the corner.

  • milo

    No 3-peat but back-to-backs aren’t chopped liver. The Bears will be back!

  • Juancho

    I cant swim.

  • ScottyBear

    Why isn’t he being considered at running back? That size and that speed? C’mon Sonny, you might have another Chuck Muncie fall in your lap!

  • wehofx

    I heard from 2 different sources – 1 in the athletic department – that Z Kline is about to be kicked out of school for cheating on a final.

  • Picard

    Wow, wehofx, that’s a big rumor. If true, I blame it on juancho.

  • calbearclaw

    Whoa. Why am I instinctively believe this? If ture, we move forward with Goff and gang. You don’t cheat at Berkeley.

  • Juancho

    Wow.

    I told you all it was a bad sign when he got a tattoo.

  • CalBearClaw

    I can’t concentrate after reading the Kline rumor. My productivity has tanked. Yo Jeff, ferret this one out ASAP buddy….

  • Juancho

    Thankfully im on vacation today. Otherwise id be useless at work. I cant stop looking at this page. Wehofx you have to provide more details.

  • Juancho

    I just reqlized its april fools day.

    Crisis averted.

  • CalBearClaw

    I’m a fool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Juancho

    Wehofx with great power comes great responsibility. You hurt me greatly today. Thankfully now that lent is over i can drink again. So i will calm my nerves my traditional mexican way.

  • Juancho

    My heart still hurts from this scare.

  • Juancho

    Everybody hurts…. Sometimes…

  • Picard

    @wehofx-
    Speak up scoundrel! Is this an April Fools joke? If so, it is akin to shouting “fire” in a crowded theater. If you are guilty of poor taste in humor, I suggest you be censured and your case reviewed for disciplinary action. Further, I propose a close scruting of your Cal credentials.

  • Picard

    Close scrutiny, that is.

  • wehofx

    :)

  • Picard

    This just in: wehofx is actually Jeff Tedford.

  • wehofx

    …yeah. But we won the second half.

  • Will

    Midterm would have been more believable at this time of year :p

  • milo

    Holy cow, man up lads! Always verify the source before you panic, especially on April 1st.

  • Jeff Faraudo

    You guys are having too much fun. But anyone who has ever talked just once with Kline would never swallow that wild fish story. Way to fool ‘em, Wehofx!

  • wehofx

    ;)