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Dave Durden Named To Team USA Coaching Staff

June 23, 2024
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INDIANAPOLIS – The conclusion of the 2024 United States Olympic Trials at Lucas Oil Stadium saw California Director of Swimming & Diving David Durden named an assistant coach for the United States.

This marks Durden’s third stint as a United States coaching staff member. He was the head coach in the 2020 Tokyo Games and an assistant at the 2016 Rio Games.

The only swimmer representing the Bears on Sunday night was alumna Abbey Weitzeil.

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Dave Durden Named To Team USA Coaching Staff

1,689 Views | 5 Replies | Last: 23 days ago by philbert
jmonarrez12
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Dave Durdan, no wonder that the 2025 women's rookie classes will be one of the best ever in the USA. Dave's reputation precedes him.
3Cats4CAL
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What ratings for the recruits for the 2024 and 2025 men's team?
swan
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3Cats4CAL said:

What ratings for the recruits for the 2024 and 2025 men's team?

If you look at SwimSwams' re-ranking of the 2024 men's recruiting class (https://swimswam.com/re-rank-top-20-ncaa-swimming-recruits-in-the-boys-high-school-class-of-2024/), Cal's class appears a bit light, featuring only one swimmer (#3 Lucca Battaglini) in their top 20. By comparison, Texas, NC State, Virginia, and even Harvard feaure more top 20 prospects.

However, if you take into account international recruits, a different picture emerges. Cal's 2024 recruiting class includes verbal commitments from three highly regarded international swimmers, French Olympian backstroker Mewen Tomac, and rising stars Nans Mazellier a French sprinter and Japan's breaststroker Yamato Okadome. Cal also has a verbal commitment from Nick Mahabir, a breaststroker who competes internationally for Singapore, but he has serious health issues which may keep him from competitive swimming in the future.

I believe one of the factors why SwimSwam doesn't focus on international recruits in their initial recruiting class rankings, is the uncertainty of foreign swimmers clearing various hurdles (language, college credits, international team responsibilities, etc.) that favor a "wait until they are enrolled in classes", before factoring in their impact on the recruiting class.

SWimSwam will likely publish their "final" ranking of the 2024 recruiting class in early October.

Even if all of the Bears' international recruits enroll this fall, once transfers are taken into account, I have little doubt that Bob Bowman's Texas Longhorns will be judged as having the top 2024 recruiting class. In addition to several top freshmen, they have added two Olympians Hubert Kos (transfer from ASU) and Aaron Shackell (former Bear), as well as Rex Maurer, the #1 from the class of 2023 (transfer from Stanford).

As for the 2025 men's recruiting rankings:
https://swimswam.com/way-too-early-recruit-ranks-boys-high-school-class-of-2025/

jmonarrez12
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Let me add more detail the to the 2025 women's recruiting class. The number 1, 2 and 3 recruits are committed to Cal. In support of those 3 recruits, the number 11 and number 14 have committed to Cal. That's 5 out of the top 14 recruits' nationwide. That makes the 2025 class one of the best ever.
philbert
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nice feature on the local news

https://www.nbcbayarea.com/paris-2024-summer-olympics/cal-swimmers-paris-olympics/3578489/
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