No. 5 Ranked Cal Men's Swimming Finishes Third at Pac-10s

March 3, 2001

Long Beach, CA - The No. 5 ranked California men's swim team finished in third place (540.5 points) at the 2001 Pac-10 Swim Championship at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach, CA.

No. 2 Stanford amassed 844.5 points to capture its 20th consecutive Pac-10 Men's Swimming Championship on the third and final day of the Pac-10 meet. The runner-up was No. 8 USC with 722.5 points. Cal, with 540.5 points, moved up one spot from day two and finished third, followed by No. 7 Arizona with 538 points in fourth place. Arizona State (360.5 points), ranked No. 13, and No. 25 Washington (190 points) placed fifth and sixth, respectively.

California sophomore, Anthony Ervin, broke another Pac-10 meet record Sunday in the 100 free, swimming a time of 42.21. Ervin won the 50 free Thursday with a Pac-10 record 19.11.

In the final event of the meet, the 400 free relay, California (juniors Matt Macedo and Maciej Burny, freshman Karel Novy and Ervin) pulled ahead of Stanford (Messner, O'Bryan, junior Jeff Guyman and freshman Andrew Schnell) in the last leg of the event to win with a time of 2:53.48.

The Men's Pac-10 Championship meet can be seen on Fox Sports Net on Mar. 9, check your local listings for times.

The final meet of the 2001 season, the NCAA Championships, will be held in College Station, Texas, March 22-24.

In the finals of the 200 medley relay on Friday, the Cal team of freshman Alex Lim, junior Peter Aronsson, junior Matt Macedo and sophomore Anthony Ervin placed second with an NCAA qualifying and school record time of 1:27.47, trailing Stanford's NCAA record time of 1:26.02.

Other second day highlight for the Bears was Lim finishing second and posting an NCAA qualifying time of 47.67 in the 100 back, and Aronsson placing third in the 100 breast with a time of 54.75.

In the first day of the 2001 Pac-10 meet, Cal was paced by sophomore Olympic gold medallist Anthony Ervin, winning the 50 free in a Pac-10 and Pac-10 meet record time of 19.11. Ervin surpassed the former record of 19.15 set by Cal legend Matt Biondi in 1987. Ervin's time of 19.11 was also, obviously, a new Cal school record.

Ervin's teammate, junior Matt Macedo, placed fourth in the 50 free with a time of 19.67.

Ervin and Macedo were joined by senior Scott Greenwood and sophomore Frank Uxa to help lead the Bears to a second place finish in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:77.77, trailing only Stanford's winning mark of 1:17.63.

Ervin also helped Cal to a second place finish in the 400 medley relay, swimming the freestyle leg. The Bears team of Lim, sophomore Daniel Kim, freshman Karel Novy and Ervin recorded a time of 3:12.44.

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