Cal Men's Swimming in Seventh Place After Day One of NCAAs
March 28, 2002
ATHENS, GA - The California men's swim team (6-2), behind national runner-up finishes by junior Anthony Ervin and the 200 free relay team, is in seventh place (67 points) after day one of the 2002 NCAA Championships at Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, GA.
Ervin, the 2000 Olympic gold medalist in the 50-meter free, placed second in the 50-yard free at the 2002 NCAAs with a school record time of 19.10 (beating his own record of 19.11 set last year), trailing only Arizona's Roland Schoeman's mark of 19.08. Ervin was the national runner-up in the 50 free last season as well.
The Bears 200 free relay team of Ervin, senior Mattias Ohlin, senior Matt Macedo and freshman Duje Draganja set a new school record with a time of 1:16.89. Cal's mark was also a new NCAA, American and U.S. Open record, unfortunately, the Bears were topped by Stanford's record time of 1:16.49.
Other top swims for Cal included junior Joe Bruckart placing ninth (1:45.72) and senior Bayani Flores 11th (1:49.11) in the 200 IM. Draganja was also 11th in the 50 free with a time of 19.86. The Bears 400 medley relay team (Alex Lim, Bayani Flores, Ohlin, Ervin) was disqualified after swimming a school record time of 3:09.65 in the prelims.