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Cal Men's Swimming & Diving 2012 national champions

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S: University of California Men's Swimming and Diving 2011-2012

BC: Roll On You Bears...

FC: California Swimming & Diving 2012 National Champions

1: The various swimming sites and bloggers had strong opinions in their NCAA predictions..... "Cal will be in a great battle for 5th or 6th" "Texas is the clear pick" "The 'Horns should win, and I make that pick with confidence" "I am picking the Longhorns because they just look good in every single event" "I don't think it is going to be like last year where Cal had it wrapped up" "It could be a real dog fight between Texas, Stanford and Arizona for the title" "It is almost as guaranteed as death and taxes that Auburn will win the 200 free relay" "Cal just lost too many scorers from last year to contend" "After all the graduations, if Cal can squeak into the top 3, it would be amazing"

2: 200 Freestyle Relay, 1st, 1:16.58 Messerschmidt (19.37) Fleming (18.94) Gimondi (19.27) Stubblefield (19.00) "The 200FRR was unreal. After that relay, we just knew that this was our meet; our time." -Ben Hinshaw, junior "It was amazing to see the underdogs absolutely kill it." -Tom Shields, junior

3: "Before the relay, we gathered in a circle and I was about to speak when I heard 'We can win this.' Not once, but from all three freshmen at the same time. I suddenly heard myself saying 'We WILL win this.'" -Shayne Fleming, sophomore "When our 200FRR won out of lane 8, I don't think I have ever smiled so much in my life." -Nolan Koon, senior "I remember screaming with my relay, and in that moment I felt really proud to be a Golden Bear. It will be one of the best moments in my life." -Fabio Gimondi, freshman

4: 500 Freestyle Will Hamilton, 9th, 4:15.04

5: 200 Individual Medley Marcin Tarczynski, 1st, 1:41.97 Martin Liivamagi, 4th, 1:42.90 Ben Hinshaw, 11th, 1:44.17 Nolan Koon, 16th, 1:46.47 "After the 200FRR and Will's 500, I tried to remain calm and focus on my race. But seeing the euphoria spread around our team, I just couldn't; I have never been so ready to race my heart out." -Marcin Tarczynski, sophomore "Best moment of the year was hearing the crowd's silence except for the Bears when Marcin won the 200IM. That swim was epic." -Christian Higgins, freshman

6: 50 Freestyle Seth Stubblefield, 5th, 19.57 Tyler Messerschmidt, 9th, 19.45 Shayne Fleming, 13th, 19.52 "Right before the 50, I was sitting on the bleachers and just soaking in the whole environment. Our team and parents were having a great time and enjoying each other's company. Every other team looked so solemn and serious. It was so obvious that we were just trying to enjoy each moment as it was happening." -Seth Stubblefield, freshman

7: 400 Medley Relay, 1st, 3:03.24 | Gydesen (46.07), Koon (51.93), Shields (43.56), Messerschmidt (41.68)

8: 200 Medley Relay, 2nd, 1:23.91 | Gydesen (21.67), Liivamagi (23.61), Shields (19.80), Messerschmidt (18.83)

9: 400 Individual Medley The Hinshaw brothers have it covered! | Adam Hinshaw, 5th, 3:44.74 Ben Hinshaw, 11th, 3:44.65

10: 100 Butterfly Tom Shields, 1st 44.76 Mathias Gydesen, 7th 46.36 "All of our races just showed so much heart throughout the entire meet." -Jeremy Bagshaw, sophomore

11: 200 Freestyle Will Hamilton, 10th, 1:34.44 Tyler Messerschmidt, 12th, 1:35.04 | "My favorite NCAA moment was seeing all the freshmen perform so well. I felt extremely proud to have the opportunity to see them grow throughout the year. I really felt like their youthful exuberance and supportive attitudes really epitomized our team culture." -Sam Metz, sophomore

12: 100 Breaststroke Martin Liivamagi, 3rd, 51.93 Nolan Koon, 5th, 52.42 Trevor Hoyt, 6th, 52.55 Christian Higgins, 13th, 53.32 | "My favorite part of the meet was getting to race with my two senior breaststrokers, Martin and Nolan. It was an honor training and racing with them and putting everything I had into winning a championship for them." -Trevor Hoyt, junior

13: 100 Backstroke Tom Shields, 1st, 44.86 Marcin Tarczynski, 5th, 46.02 Mathias Gydesen, 9th, 46.52

14: 800 Freestyle Relay 2nd, 6:15.70 Shields 1:33.72 Metz 1:33.81 Hamilton 1:33.19 B. Hinshaw 1:34.98 "It was amazing how loud Cal was when we finished 2nd in the 800FRR." -Mathias Gydesen, senior

15: Heading into the last day, Cal held a 36 point lead over Texas. Still, all the "experts" said Cal's third day was very weak.... "The second night, I was awake in my bed all night tossing and turning from excitement and nervousness. Before the meet, I couldn't imagine winning an event title let alone the team title. And here we stood, one day away and all I could think was 'this could be something very special.'" -Tyler Messerschmidt, freshman "It was so amazing to be part of a group of guys working toward a common goal of winning a team championship." -Will Hamilton, freshman "I will never forget the last team meeting before we went over to the pool on the final day. I could hear the excitement in the voices of the seniors, and I remember looking around and being so proud of what every single person contributed." -Adam Hinshaw, freshman "My favorite memory was receiving the usual text from Greg about when vans were leaving for the pool, right before the last session. However, at the end of this one he wrote 'Also, guys, bring a spare set of clothes, just in case.'" -Austin Brown, junior

16: 1650 Freestyle Adam Hinshaw, 11th, 14:49.24

17: 200 Backstroke Mathias Gydesen, 5th, 1:42.21 Marcin Tarczynski, 9th, 1:41.97

18: 100 Freestyle Tyler Messerschmidt, 8th, 42.82

19: 200 Breaststroke Trevor Hoyt, 2nd, 1:51.90 Martin Liivamagi, 5th, 1:52.67 Nolan Koon, 6th, 1:54.75 | "When the meet was over, I had a chance to take a step back and appreciate the hard work we had put in throughout the year. It wasn't until that moment that I realized what we had accomplished. We did it. Again." -Martin Liivamagi, senior

20: 200 Butterfly Will Hamilton, 1st, 1:40.94 Tom Shields, 2nd, 1:41.07 Robbie Sullivan, 15th, 1:45.09 "The third day came with a nice sense of closure. Our long, collective effort eventually turned into 18 very close friends wearing brand new 'National Champions' hats." -Robbie Sullivan, senior

21: 400 Freestyle Relay, 2nd, 2:50.34 Messerschmidt (43.19) Fleming (42.71) Gimondi (42.65) Shields (41.79)

25: 2012 National Champions Jeremy Bagshaw...Austin Brown...Anthony Cox...Scott Farley...Shayne Fleming...Dana Foster...Fabio Gimondi...Mathias Gydesen...Will Hamilton...Greg Harper...Christian Higgins...Adam Hinshaw...Ben Hinshaw...Isaac Howell...Trevor Hoyt...Grayson Hutson...Adam Jorgensen...Nolan Koon...Martin Liivamagi...Tyler Messerschmidt...Sam Metz...Chris Packer...Mark Prior...Tyler Pullen...Chris Rogers...Jesse Ryckman...Andreas Santucci...Thomas Selby...Tom Shields...Seth Stubblefield...Ryan Studebaker...Robbie Sullivan...Marcin Tarczynski...Nick Trowbridge...Jamie Tyrrell David Durden...Nort Thornton...Greg Meehan...Todd Mulzet...Nick Folker Special thanks to Tim Binning at

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