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Cal Men Sign Six

The No. 3-ranked California men’s swimming program has
signed six high school athletes, it was announced today (Nov. 25) by head
coach David Durden. The Golden Bears’ list of 2009 signees features
standouts Jeremy Bagshaw, Scott Farley, Shayne Fleming, Greg Harper, Sam
Metz and Ryan Studebaker.

Jeremy Bagshaw is a talented freestyler from St. Michaels University
School in Victoria, British Columbia. Bagshaw has top long course meters
times of 3:52.03 in the 400 free, 1:50.51 in the 200 free, 8:06.70 in the
800 free and 51.99 in the 100 free. Last August at the North American
Challenge Cup he won the 400-meter freestyle (3:52.03), setting a new
Canadian record for 15-17 year old boys.

A leading distance freestyler/IMer, Scott Farley, from San Marino High
School in San Marino, Calif., has clocked bests of 4:27.85 in the 500 free
and 9:20.64 in the 1000 free. In the individual medley, Farley has bests
of 1:50.33 in the 200 IM and 3:57.96 in the 400 IM. Last spring, he set
league championship records in both the 200 IM and 500 free.

Shayne Fleming is considered one of the nation’s top sprint freestylers
and is a member of the USA National Junior Team. The 6-7 Fleming is from
Valley Christian High School in San Jose where he has produced top marks
of 19.89 in the 50 free, 43.71 in the 100 free and 1:37.33 in the 200
free. In long course meters, he has times of 22.47 in the 50 free and
49.95 in the 100 free. Last January, Fleming placed fourth in the 50 free
(23.06) at the 2009 Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Guam.

“Jeremy (Bagshaw) is one of the top 400-meter freestylers in the world for
his age,” said Durden, who has led his Bears to back-to-back fourth place
NCAA finishes in two years at Cal. “He has a beautiful stroke with a great
kick, and will come into our program ready to compete at the Pac-10 and
NCAA levels. Scott (Farley) is an athlete with good range, whether in the
freestyle or the IM events. He has been coached extremely well and with
the world-class academics here at Cal, I look forward to helping him
achieve both his athletic and academic ambitions. Shayne (Fleming) is one
of top young sprint talents in the U.S. and comes to Berkeley following
the footsteps of current and former Cal sprint legends. Having spent time
with Shayne and his family through this process, I feel that Cal is the
perfect fit for him. We couldn’t be happier welcoming Shayne to the Cal
family.”

Coming to Cal from Las Lomas High School in Walnut Creek is middle
distance freestyler and butterflyer Greg Harper. Harper, also a member of
the USA National Junior Team, has recorded bests of 1:39.64 in the 200
free, 4:29.00 in the 500 free and 1:50.68 in the 200 fly. For long course
meters, he has recorded times of 2:01.54 in the 200 fly and 3:59.23 in the
400 free.

A 6-3 multi-talented swimmer from New Trier High School in Chicago, Sam
Metz excels in the middle distance free, IM, breaststroke and butterfly.
Metz has bests of 4:33.87 in the 500 free, 1:50.90 in the 200 IM, 2:03.13
in the 200 breast and 1:50.09 in the 200 fly. For long course meters, he
clocks in at 3:56.93 for the 400 free, 2:03.79 for the 200 IM, 2:18.50 for
the 200 breast and 2:04.73 for the 200 fly. Metz is a member of the USA
National Junior Team as well. Last March he was on a 400 free relay team
that set a national high school public school record with a time of
3:02.24.

Ryan Studebaker is a 6-4 breaststroker from Placer High School in Auburn,
Calif. with top marks of 56.47 in the 100 breast and 2:04.01 in the 200
breast. Studebaker earned 2008-09 high school All-America honors in the
100 breast and is a 2009 Scholastic All-American.

“I really grew to appreciate Greg (Harper) the past couple of months
through our conversations,” said Durden. “He is a tremendous talent who
for the first time has focused on swimming in the fall. Greg will
immediately add to our young and talented middle distance freestyle and
butterfly group. Sam’s (Metz) energy is contagious and he is certainly one
of the most versatile athletes in this recruiting class. I can’t wait to
work with Sam on a daily basis. He can go anywhere from the 500 free to
the 200 breast and will most certainly impact our program the moment he
walks through the door. Ryan (Studebaker) came for an unofficial visit
this past summer and we immediately knew he was an athlete we wanted in
our program. He does a lot of things well, has a good frame and is just
scratching the surface of how good he can be.”

“I couldn’t be happier with how this class has come together. We stayed
very patient through this recruiting process, and this group of athletes
chose Cal for all the right reasons. Greg Meehan, Nort Thornton Nick
Folker and I all look forward to helping this group of young men grow into
great athletes, great scholars and more importantly, a great group of
men.”

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