Cal men’s swim coach Dave Durden to lead USA at 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Cal men’s swim coach Dave Durden to lead USA at 2020 Tokyo Olympics

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In an announcement made by USA Swimming, Cal’s men’s swim and dive head coach Dave Durden has been selected to lead the American men through the 2020 Olympics. By the time he heads to Tokyo at age 44, Durden will be one of the youngest USA swimming head coaches in over two decades, as none have been below 50 years old since before 2000.

Durden, an assistant for the United States at the 2016 Olympics, helped lead a group that featured 6 Cal swimmers who combined for 8 gold and 11 total medals in Rio. Among the group were Nathan Adrian and Ryan Murphy, two of Durden’s most successful swimmers both at Cal and for USA.

Durden, who has led the Golden Bears for 12 years, will be joined by Stanford’s Greg Meehan, who will coach the USA’s women’s side. Both schools have traditionally been swimming powerhouses, and this year is no exception for the Bears. They are undefeated thus far and are coming off a major first place designation at the Georgia Fall Invitational.

Shailin Singh is the sports editor. Contact him at shailinsingh@dailycal.org.

The Daily Californian

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