Cal Men's Swimming Remains in Seventh After Day Two of NCAAs
March 29, 2002
ATHENS, GA - The California men's swim team (6-2), remains in seventh place (166 points) after the second day of the 2002 NCAA Championships at Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, GA. The highlight for the Bears in day two of the NCAA meet was sophomore Alex Lim finishing as the national runner-up in the 100 back with a school record time of 46.05.
Also Friday, Cal's 200 medley relay and 800 free relay placed fourth in the nation. Lim, senior Bayani Flores, freshman Duje Draganja and junior Anthony Ervin helped the Bears swim a school record 1:26.02 in the 200 medley relay. Members of Cal's 800 free relay were junior Joe Bruckart, Flores, senior Mattias Ohlin and senior Sean Gruver (6:27.01)
Other top swims for the Bears Friday were senior Matt Macedo placing ninth in the 100 back (47.67), Bruckart finishing 10th in the 200 free (1:36.28) and Flores placing 13th in the 100 breast (54.55)
On Thursday, Ervin, the 2000 Olympic gold medalist in the 50-meter free, placed second in the 50-yard free 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, Ohlin, Macedo and 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 Thursday included Bruckart placing ninth (1:45.72) and 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 (Lim, Flores, Ohlin, Ervin) was disqualified after swimming a school record time of 3:09.65 in the prelims.