Cal Dominates Cal State Bakersfield

Jan. 10, 2003

The No. 4 University of California men's swimming team won 19 of 20 events against Cal State Bakersfield in an exhibition meet held at Spieker Aquatics Complex in Berkeley this afternoon.

Cal took the top three spots in two events, the 50 breast and 100 free. Sophomore Caleb Rowe won the 50 breast (26.46), while senior Quentin Byma took second (26.71) and junior Jeff Natalizio finished third (27.11). The Golden Bears' sprinters had a fine day as freshman Jens Thiele won the 100 free (45.60), while sophomore Duje Draganja placed second (45.63) and senior Anthony Ervin rounded out the top three in 47.01. The race marked Thiele's debut as the rookie from Germany came back from an injury sustained in the fall. Cal swimmers ranked in the top two places in six other events, including the 100 back, 200 back, 100 breast, 200 IM and 400 IM.

Freshmen Michael Cavic, Chris Gibson and Miguel Molina dominated the pool winning three individual events apiece. Cavic won the 50 free (22.80), 100 fly (50.96) and 200 fly (1:51.82) and swam the second leg on Cal's victorious 400 free relay team. Gibson swept the backstroke category, timing 24.38 in the 50, 51.75 in the 100 and 1:50.99 in the 200 race. Molina was the leader in the distance free events winning the 200 free (1:42.64), 500 free (4:37.57) and 1000 free (9:45.67).

Junior Alex Lim won two events, placing first in the 200 IM (1:56.13) and 400 IM (4:07.82). Cal swept both relays, winning the 400 medley relay (3:27.68) and 400 free relay (3:11.30). The Bears had a second relay team with a runner-up finish in the 400 medley relay at 3:33.19.

Others with individual wins were juniors Natalizio in the 100 breast (57.18) and Steve Rehrmann in the 200 free (1:44.23).

The Bears are back in action tomorrow as they host No. 1 Michigan at 1 p.m. at Spieker Aquatics Complex.

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