No. 4 Cal Men's Swimming and Diving Travels to No. 1 Stanford.
Feb. 19, 2002
BERKELEY, CA -
Sat., Feb. 23 at Stanford, Avery Aquatic Complex, Stanford, CA 1 p.m.
BEARS TRAVEL TO STANFORD: The No. 4 ranked Cal men's swim team (6-1, 3-0) will travel to No. 1 Stanford (7-0, 3-0), Saturday, Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. at Avery Aquatic Complex. The Bears, undefeated in Pac-10 competition, feature some of the top swimmers in the nation, including Anthony Ervin, the 2000 Olympic gold medallist in the 50-meter free and the 2001 NCAA champion in the 100 free, and Alex Lim, the MVP on the 2002 Dallas Morning News Invite.
CAL TOPS USC: Cal had another strong team performance in its last competition, Feb. 8 at USC's McDonald's Swim Stadium, defeating the No. 8 ranked Trojans, 167-131. The Bears captured 10 of the meet's 16 events, including winning both the 200 medley and 400 free relays, and both diving competitions. Individuals winners for the Bears included senior Mattias Ohlin in the 100 back (49.13), junior Daniel Kim in the 100 breast (55.53), freshman Duje Draganja in the 50 free (20.25), junior Anthony Ervin in the 100 free (44.10), sophomore Alex Lim in the 200 back (1:45.72) and senior Peter Aronsson in the 200 breast (2:01.51). Cal also won the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:31.05 (sophomore Jeff Natalizio, Kim, Ohlin, junior Trent Holsman) and the 400 free relay with a time of 2:56.78 (junior Joe Bruckart, Ohlin, Draganja, Ervin). Another highlight for the Bears was going 1-2-3 in both the one and three-meter diving competition. Sophomore Robbie Quinn won both the one-meter (291.89) and three-meter titles (301.05), while freshman Nathaniel Dean placed second in the one-meter (249.90) and three-meter (227.78). Freshman Richard Rech was third in the one-meter (240.30) and the three-meter (265.25) competition.
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: The Bears, as of Feb. 18, have three swimmers - junior Olympian Anthony Ervin, sophomore Alex Lim and freshman Duje Draganja - who have times that are in the Top 5 in the nation. Cal also has three relays that are in the nation's Top 5. Ervin, who won a gold medal in the 50-meter free at the Sydney Olympics, has the nation's second-best time in the 50 free (19.46) and the third-best time in the 100 free (43.29). Lim, the MVP of the 2002 Dallas Morning News Invitational, has the nation's second-best time in the 200 back (1:43.43) and the third-best time in the 100 back (47.27) and the 100 fly (47.43). Draganja, an Olympian from Croatia, has the nation's top time in the 100 free (42.58) and fourth-best time in the 50 free (19.61). Cal is in the Top 5 in the 400 free relay (second 2:56.09), 200 free relay (fourth 1:19.86) and 800 free relay (fourth 6:31.36) as well.
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 200-78 (.719) 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 13-90 all-time dual meet record versus Stanford, falling to the Cardinal in last season's match-up, 180-103 Feb. 17, 2001 at Spieker Aquatics Complex. Stanford ended up finishing second and Cal eighth at the 2001 NCAA meet. The Cardinal are led by junior Randall Bal, the 2001 World Champion in the 50-meter backstroke and the 2001 Pac-10 champion in the 100 back. The last time Cal defeated Stanford in a men's swimming dual meet was 167-134 Feb. 23, 1991 at Stanford.