No. 7 Cal Men's Swimming Hosts No. 5 ASU and No. 9 Arizona

Jan. 22, 2002

BERKELEY, CA -

Jan. 25 vs. ASU, Spieker Aquatics, 1 p.m.Jan. 26 vs. UA, Spieker Aquatics, 12 p.m.

BEARS HOST ARIZONA SCHOOLS: The No. 7 ranked Cal men's swim team (3-1) will host No. 5 ranked Arizona State, Friday, Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. and No. 9 ranked Arizona, Saturday, Jan. 26 at 12 p.m. at Spieker Aquatics Complex. The Bears will be competing in two of the top dual meets in the nation this season as all three squads feature several returning All-Americans, including Cal's Anthony Ervin, the 2000 Olympic gold medallist in the 50-meter free and the 2001 NCAA champion in the 100 free, and Arizona's Roland Schoeman, who placed second to Ervin in the 100 free at the 2001 NCAAs.

CAL WINS THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS INVITATIONAL: Cal, led by meet MVP Alex Lim, captured The Dallas Morning News Invitational Jan. 18-19 in Dallas, Tex. The Bears won the meet with 328 points, followed by Tennessee (292), host SMU (279), Florida (275), Texas A&M (261) and Auburn (227). Sophomore Lim paced Cal by winning the 100 back (47.62 meet record and pool record), 200 back (1:45.02) and the 200 fly (1:46.16). Additional individual winners for Cal included Ervin, who won both the 50 free (19.46 NCAA qualifying) and the 100 free (43.29 NCAA qualifying, pool record), and senior Matthias Ohlin, who won the 100 fly (49.03). In the relays, the Bears dominated the meet by winning the 400 free relay (meet record 2:56.09 freshman Duje Draganja, Ervin, senior Matt Macedo, senior Bayani Flores), 200 free relay (meet record 1:19.86, Draganja, Ervin, Macedo, Ohlin) and the 800 free relay (meet record 6:36.24 junior Joe Bruckart, Flores, Ohlin, Macedo). Other top finishes for Cal was Bruckart placing second in the 200 free (1:38.75) and Flores placing second in the 200 IM (1:49.87). Senior Peter Aronsson was third in the 200 breast (2:02.58), fourth in the 400 IM (3:59.40) and fifth in the 100 breast (57.02). Ohlin placed fourth in the 500 free (4:32.34). In the diving competition, junior Nicolas Bartolotta finished third in the three-meter (317.70 NCAA qualifying) and fifth in the one-meter (268.05).

ANTHONY ERVIN: Cal junior Anthony Ervin captured two titles at the World Swimming Championships this past summer in Fukuoka, Japan. He won the 50-meter free in 22.09 over Pieter van den Hoogenband of the Netherlands (22.16). Ervin then upset van den Hoogenband and Australia's Ian Thorpe to win the 100-meter free in 48.33. Ervin's time of 48.33 broke the American record of 48.42 set by Bear legend Matt Biondi in 1988.

BEARS AMONG NATION'S BEST: Alex Lim currently has the nation's top collegiate times in two events - the 100 back (47.27) and the 200 back (1:43.43), and the third-best time in the 100 fly (47.43). Draganja has the nation's top time in the 100 free (42.58) and third-best time in the 50 free (19.61). Other Bears who have times that are among the Top 5 in the nation include Ervin in the 50 free (second 19.46) and the 100 free (third 43.29), and Flores in the 200 IM (fifth 1:48.41). In the relays, Cal has the second-best time in the nation in the 400 free relay (2:56.09 Draganja, Ervin, Macedo, Flores), fourth-best times in the 200 free (1:19.86 Draganja, Ervin, Macedo, Ohlin) and 800 free relays (6:31.36 Bruckart, Ohlin, senior Sean Gruver, Flores) and fifth-best time in the 400 medley relay (3:15.10 Lim, Aronsson, Ohlin, Draganja).

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 197-78 (.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 18-4 all-time dual meet record versus Arizona State and a 17-3 all-time dual meet versus Arizona. Arizona ended up finishing sixth, Cal eighth and Arizona State 14th at the 2001 NCAA meet.

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