Cal Wins Dallas Morning News Classic

Jan. 18, 2003

The No. 3 University of California men's swimming team won the Dallas Morning News Swimming and Diving Classic for the second consecutive year, held at Southern Methodist University's Perkins Natatorium in Dallas, Texas. The Golden Bears claimed the top spot with 350 points. Freshman Michael Cavic earned Most Outstanding Swimmer honors.

Runner-up Florida finished with 300 points, while Minnesota came in third (285), Arizona State finished fourth (254), Georgia placed fifth (240) and SMU rounded out the field in sixth place (234).

Junior Alex Lim won two events Saturday evening, placing first in the 200 back (1:43.93) and 200 fly (1:45.96). Sophomore Duje Draganja added a victory in the 100 free (43.77). Cal's 200 and 400 free relay teams swept both events, winning the 200 free (Cavic, Draganja, Byma, Bruckart) in 1:20.96 and 400 free (Cavic, Draganja, Bruckart, Thiele) in 2:57.64.

Other impressive performances came from senior Joe Bruckart's runner-up finish in the 200 IM (1:50.12) and sophomore John Dorr's third-place finish in the 500 free (4:29.32).

Freshmen Miguel Molina and Jens Thiele again posted wins in consolation finals. Molina won the 500 free (4:30.06) and 200 breast (2:02.49) consolation finals, while Thiele won the 200 back (1:47.79) consolation final. Cavic also had a consolation win in the 200 fly (1:47.68), while Dorr won the 200 IM consolation in 1:51.18.

Senior diver Nic Bartolotta finished sixth in the three-meter competition with a score of 296.90.

Cal opens the Pac-10 swimming season this weekend in the desert. The Bears visit Arizona State Friday at 2 p.m. and Arizona Saturday at 1p.m.

Cal at Dallas Morning News Invitational - Cal Results (Jan. 18)
400 Free Relay - 1. Cal (Cavic, Draganja, Bruckart, Thiele) 2:57.64; 500 Free - 3. John Dorr 4:29.32, 7. Miguel Molina 4:30.06; 200 Back - 1. Alex Lim 1:43.93, 7. Jens Thiele 1:47.79; 200 Breast - 7. Miguel Molina 2:02.49; Three-Meter Diving - 6. Nic Bartolotta 296.90; 100 Free - 1. Duje Draganja 43.77, 8. Jens Thiele 45.30; 200 Fly - 1. Alex Lim 1:45.96, 7. Michael Cavic 1:47.68; 200 IM - 2. Joe Bruckart 1:50.12, 7. John Dorr 1:51.18; 200 Free Relay - 1. Cal (Cavic, Draganja, Byma, Bruckart) 1:20.96.

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