Cal Men's Swimming Finishes Eighth at NCAA Championship

March 24, 2001

COLLEGE STATION, TX - The No. 6 ranked California men's swim team finished in eighth place with 191 points at the 2001 NCAA Championship at the Rec Natatorium in College State, TX. Cal has now finished in the Top 10 nationally 22 of the 27 years it has been coached by Nort Thornton.

Third day highlights for the Bears was sophomore Olympic gold medallist Anthony Ervin repeating as the NCAA champion in the 100 free, equalling an NCAA, American and U.S. Open record with a time of 41.80. Ervin tied Cal legend Matt Biondi, who had set the 100 free record in 1987.

The Bears 400 free relay team of junior Matt Macedo, junior Maciej Burny, senior Scott Greenwood and Ervin placed second with a time of 2:52.12. As a result of Cal's national runner-up finish in the 400 free relay, the Bears moved up from 10th to eighth place in the meet's final event.

Individually, Macedo finished 10th in the 100 free (43.66) and Bear freshman Alex Lim placed ninth in the 200 back (1:43.63).

Mar. 23 results for the Bears included the 200 medley relay team of Macedo, junior Peter Aronsson, Lim and Ervin placing sixth with a time of 1:27.21. Cal actually established a new school record in the 200 medley relay in the prelims with a time of 1:27.04.

Individually, sophomore Joe Bruckart finished 10th in the 200 free (1:36.37) and Aronsson was 13th in the 100 breast (54.64).

On Mar. 22, Ervin was not able to repeat as the NCAA champion in the 50 free (Ervin won the NCAA title in the 50-meter free in 2000), swimming a time of 19.23 and placing second to Stanford's Anthony Robinson (19.15). Macedo, placed 10th in the 50 free with a time of 19.84.

Cal was solid in two relays, placing fourth in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:18.02 (Macedo, sophomore Frank Uxa, senior Scott Greenwood, Ervin), and sixth in the 400 medley relay (Macedo, Aronsson, Lim, Ervin) with a time of 3:12.42.

Complete results of the NCAA meet can be found at www.ncaachampionships.com.

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