Cal Men's Swimming Travels to SoCal to Face CSUB, Texas and UCSB
Oct. 24, 2001
Oct. 25 at CSUB, Bakersfield, CA 1 p.m.Oct. 26-27 vs. Texas at USC, Los Angeles, CA 1 p.m.Oct. 28 at UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA 10 a.m.
BEARS TRAVEL TO SOCAL TO FACE CS BAKERSFIELD, TEXAS (AT USC) AND UC SANTA BARBARA: The Cal men's swim team will have a busy weekend in southern California as the Bears travel to CS Bakersfield Thursday to swim in a non-scoring meet. Cal will then compete against 2001 NCAA champion Texas at USC's McDonald's Swim Stadium Friday and Saturday, before traveling to UC Santa Barbara for a dual meet on Sunday. The Bears, who feature 2000 Olympic gold medallist and 2001 World Champion Anthony Ervin, return six All-Americans from the 2000-01 season.
LAST COMPETITION: The Cal men started off the 2001-02 season by placing second at the Pacific Invitational, Oct. 19-20, in Stockton, CA. The Bears finished the two-day invitational with 775 points, trailing Stanford (1,017) and topping Pacific (534). Individual winners for Cal included freshman Duje Draganja, who won both the 50 (20.80) and 100 free (45.05), and senior Peter Aronsson, who captured the 200 IM (1:55.09). The Bears also won the 200 free relay (1:23.96) and the 400 medley relay (3:28.59).
2000-01 REVIEW: Last season, the Bears were 5-1 in dual meets, finished third at the Pac-10 meet and placed eighth at the NCAA Championships (191 points). Cal has now finished in the Top 10 nationally 22 of the 27 years it has been coached by Nort Thornton. Highlights at the 2001 NCAA Championships for the Bears was Anthony Ervin repeating as the NCAA champion in the 100 free, equaling 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. Matt Macedo placed 10th in the 50 free with a time of 19.84. Macedo also finished eighth in the 100 free (43.66). The Bears were solid in the relays as well. Cal's 400 free relay team of Macedo, Maciej Burny, Scott Greenwood and Ervin placed second with a time of 2:52.12. The Bears 200 free relay placed fourth with a time of 1:18.02 (Macedo, Frank Uxa, Greenwood, Ervin), and the 400 medley relay (3:12.42 Macedo, Peter Aronsson, Alex Lim, Ervin) and 200 medley relay (1:27.21 Macedo, Aronsson, Lim, Ervin) placed sixth. Cal actually established a new school record in the 200 medley relay in the prelims with a time of 1:27.04. Other top individual NCAA finishes included Lim placing ninth in the 200 back (1:43.63), Joe Bruckart finishing 10th in the 200 free (1:36.37) and Aronsson was 13th in the 100 breast (54.64).
ANTHONY ERVIN: Cal junior Anthony Ervin captured the first gold medal for the United States at the World Swimming Championships this past summer in Fukuoka, Japan. The 2000 Olympic gold medallist in the 50 free, Ervin won the 50-meter freestyle at the 2001 World Championships in a time of 22.09 over Pieter van den Hoogenband of the Netherlands (22.16). He then upset van den Hoogenband and Australia's Ian Thorpe to win the 100-meter freestyle in a time of 48.33. Ervin's time of 48.33 broke the American record of 48.42 set by Bear legend Matt Biondi in 1988.
HEAD COACH NORT THORNTON: Nort Thornton, the 1999 Pacific-10 Coach of the Year, is in his 28th season as Cal's head men's swim coach. Thornton, the dean of the Pac-10 swimming coaches, has a career dual meet record of 194-77 (.716) with the Golden Bears and his squad finished eighth at the 2001 NCAA Championship. Thornton led Cal to back-to-back NCAA titles in 1979 and 1980.
NOTING THE OPPONENTS: Cal has a 5-5 all-time dual meet record versus Texas, falling to the Longhorns in the last meeting, 147-136, Nov. 6, 1999 in Berkeley, and a 19-1 all-time record versus UC Santa Barbara. In 2001, Texas won the NCAA Championships with 597.5 points. The Longhorns will be led by senior Tommy Hannan, a member of Texas' NCAA champion 400 medley relay (butterfly leg) that set an NCAA and American record last season (3:05.37).