No. 4 Cal Men's Swimming Travels to 2002 Pac-10 Championships

March 5, 2002

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Thu.-Sat., Mar. 7-9 at Pac-10 Championships, Belmont Plaza, Long Beach, CA All Day

BEARS TRAVEL TO THE PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: The No. 4 ranked Cal men's swim team (6-2, 3-1) will travel to the 2002 Pac-10 Championships, Thu.-Sat. Mar. 7-9 at the Belmont Plaza Pool in Long Beach. The Bears 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, Duje Draganja, who has the nation's top time in the 100 free, and Alex Lim, the MVP on the 2002 Dallas Morning News Invite.

CAL'S LAST COMPETITION: In its last dual meet, the Cal's men's swimming and diving team fell to No. 1 ranked Stanford, 195.5-104.5, Feb. 23 at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Complex. The Bears won five of the meet's 16 events, including two wins by Cal Olympian Anthony Ervin and junior Nicolas Bartolotta winning the one and three-meter diving competition. Ervin placed first in the 50-yard free with Stanford's Randall Bal, posting a time of 19.46. Ervin won outright the 100 free, edging out Bal, 43.38 to 43.71. Bartolotta won the one-meter diving with a score of 317.92 and the three-meter diving with a score of 331.13. The Bears Robbie Quinn place second in the one-meter competition with 305.02 points. The other winner for Cal was sophomore Alex Lim, who placed first in the 100 fly with a time of 47.57.

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 Mar. 5, have three swimmers - freshman Duje Draganja, junior U.S. Olympian Anthony Ervin and sophomore Alex Lim - who have times that are in the Top 10 in the nation. Draganja, an Olympian from Croatia, has the nation's top time in the 100 free (42.58) and fifth-best time in the 50 free (19.61). 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 seventh-best time in the 100 free (43.29). Lim, the MVP of the 2002 Dallas Morning News Invitational, has the nation's fourth-best time in the 100 back (47.27), the sixth-best time in the 100 fly (47.43) and the seventh-best time in the 200 back (1:43.43). Cal is in the Top 10 in the 400 free relay (seventh 2:55.17 Draganja, senior Mattias Ohlin, junior Joe Bruckart, Ervin) 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 200-79 (.717) with the Golden Bears and his squad finished eighth at the 2001 NCAA Championships. Thornton led Cal to back-to-back NCAA titles in 1979 and 1980.

NOTING THE PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: The 2002 Pac-10 Championships features five teams ranked in the Top 10, No. 1 Stanford, No. 4 Cal, No. 7 Arizona State, No. 8 USC and No. 9 Arizona. At the 2001 Pac-10 meet, Anthony Ervin was the conference champ in the 50 free (19.11) and the 100 free (42.21). Cal also won the Pac-10 crown in the 400 free relay (2:52.20 senior Matt Macedo, senior Macej Burny, Karl Novy, Ervin). The Bears finished third at the 2001 Pac-10 meet with 540.5 points. Cal is the host school for the 2002 Pac-10 Men's Championships. Daily prelim and final results of the meet can be found on www.calbears.com or www.pac-10.org. Prelims are at 11 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.

Mar. 7 Final Events: 200 Free Relay, 500 Free, 200 Individual Medley, 50 Free, 400 Medley RelayMar. 8 Final Events: 200 Medley Relay, 400 IM, 100 Fly, 200 Free, 100 Breast, 100 Back, 800 Free RelayMar. 9 Final Events: 1650 Free, 200 Back, 100 Free, 200 Breast, 200 Fly, 400 Free Relay
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