The Cal men's team, looking to defend its 2011 NCAA swimming and diving championship, put on an impressive show Thursday and led after the first day in Federal Way, Wash.

The Golden Bears' 200-yard freestyle relay team of Tyler Messerschmidt, Shayne Fleming, Fabio Gimandi and Seth Stubblefield won the meet's opening event with a time of 1 minute, 16.58 seconds.

Cal also ended the day with a relay victory, taking the 400 medley relay (3:03.24) behind Mathias Gydesen, Nolan Koon, Tom Shields and Messerschmidt.

Coach David Durden's squad also produced an individual champion as Marcin Tarczynski took the 200 individual medley in a school-record time of 1:41.97.

After six events, Cal owned a 157.5-140 lead over Stanford. Texas was third at 128.5 points.

Stanford's Kristian Ipsen (De La Salle High) finished second in the 1-meter springboard, and Chad La Tourette (500 freestyle) and David Nolan (200 I.M.) both placed third.

Ipsen, a freshman, scored a 410.15 points in the 1-meter finals, hitting 75 points or better on four of his six dives. Texas' Drew Livingston scored a best of 448.10.

The Cardinal also finished fourth in the 400 medley relay and fifth in the 200 free relay team. Also, Stanford's Aaron Wayne (Deer Valley High) placed fourth in the 50 free in 19.47 seconds.


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  • Cal State East Bay athletic director Debby De Angelis will be inducted into the Alameda County Women's Hall of Fame on March 31. "I am thankful to Themy Adachi, Mills College athletic director, for her nomination and to the committee for my selection," she said.

    The hall was begun in 1993 by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, Alameda County Health Care Foundation and Alameda County Commission on the Status of Women. De Angelis joins Starlings Volleyball Club Program Director Lisa Busbee-Young, Hayward Area Recreation and Park District Lead Sports League Organizer Vanessa Woodmansee and Mission San Jose High physical education teacher Linda Campana as inductees from the Sports & Athletics category.

    The induction and luncheon are open to the public beginning at 11:45 a.m., Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Oakland. For ticket information, call (510) 272-6510.

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    The SaberCats acquired defensive back Tanner Varner from Kansas City for the second and fifth positions in the league's claim order. San Jose (1-0) plays at Utah on Saturday.

    Running

    The Earthquakes will stage their first Quakes 5K/10K Challenge, benefiting The Health Trust and the San Jose Earthquakes Community Fund, on May 27. More information is available at www.quakeschallenge.com.