No. 3 Cal Hosts No. 1 Stanford in Season's Final Dual Meet
Feb. 18, 2003
GOLDEN BEARS CLOSE OUT SEASON VS. CARDINAL
After a weekend of rest, the No. 3 University of California men's swimming team (5-0, 3-0) looks to protect its unblemished record against No. 1 Stanford at Spieker Aquatics Complex Saturday at 1 p.m. This marks the final dual meet of the regular season. The team then heads to Long Beach, Calif. for the Pac-10 Championships Mar. 6-8.
LIST OF EVENTS
100 Back, 100 Breast, 100 Fly, 1000 Free, 200 Free, 50 Free, 200 IM, One-Meter Diving, 200 Fly, 100 Free, 200 Back, 500 Free, Three-Meter Diving, 200 Breast, 400 Free Relay.
CAL LOOKING FOR FIRST WIN AGAINST STANFORD SINCE '91
The Cal-Stanford dual meet series is the longest in the Bears' history (104 meets). The Cardinal holds a commanding lead in the series record at 91-13. Last season, Cal suffered its only Pac-10 loss to Stanford, falling 195.5-104.5 at Stanford. The last time the Bears beat the Cardinal was Feb. 23, 1991 when Cal dominated Stanford in Palo Alto, 167-134.
BEARS CELEBRATE SENIOR DAY AT CAL-STANFORD MEET
Saturday marks the final time Olympic gold medallist Anthony Ervin, team captain Joe Bruckart, Quentin Byma and diver Nic Bartolotta will compete at Spieker Aquatics Complex as Golden Bears. Senior Day will commemorate their careers and celebrate their accomplishments.
CAL HANDS USC ITS FIRST LOSS OF THE SEASON
Cal handed No. 7 USC its first Pac-10 loss after defeating the Trojans, 160-140, Friday, Feb. 7. The Golden Bears split the events with the Trojans, as each team won eight races apiece. Cal started the meet with an early win in the 400 medley relay (3:16.04) behind the team of junior Alex Lim, sophomore Caleb Rowe, freshman Michael Cavic and sophomore Duje Draganja. The Bears-with the nation's best 400 free relay team-won that event as well, with Cavic, freshman Jens Thiele, senior Anthony Ervin and Draganja clocking a 2:59.38 finish. USC was deep in the distance events and won the 1000 free (Trent Staley), 500 and 200 free (Ous Mellouli), but Cal's sprinters were the strength of the day. The Bears went one-two-three in both the 50 free and 100 free. Ervin took the 50 free victory, clocking in his fastest time of the season with an NCAA 'B' mark of 20.02. Draganja was runner-up in the 50 free at 20.18, also a 'B' time, while freshman Matt Lyon finished in third place with a time of 20.70. Draganja won the 100 free (43.88), while freshman Evan Lane took second in the 100 free at 45.19, and Ervin finished third in 45.29. Other wins for the Bears included Lim's first-place finishes in the 100 (49.60) and 200 back (1:46.77) and Cavic's win in the 100 fly (48.10). On the diving side, senior Nic Bartolotta won the one-meter competition (317.70) and finished second in the three-meter competition (319.25).
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
Stanford, the country's top ranked team, is undefeated at 7-0 overall, 3-0 Pac-10. Like the Bears, the Cardinal is coming off a break in action last weekend. Stanford last competed against USC, dominating the Trojans with a 144-87 dual meet victory. Five pool records were broken at the meet, with the Cardinal setting new marks in the 400 medley relay, 200 IM and 200 fly at Avery Aquatics Center. Stanford features two returning 2002 NCAA Champions in junior backstrokers Markus Rogan and Peter Marshall. Rogan, last season's NCAA 200 back and 200 IM champion, holds Top 10 times in the nation in the 200 free (3rd, 1:36.54), 500 free (7th, 4:21.07), 100 back (9th, 47.92) and 200 back (3rd, 1:43.75). Marshall owns the country's top time in the 100 back (46.17) and is ninth in the 200 back (1:44.39). Senior Randall Bal, the Cardinal's top sprinter, holds the Top 10 times in the nation in both the 50 free (6th, 19.99) and 100 free (7th, 44.04).
HEAD COACH NORT THORNTON
Nort Thornton, the 1999 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, is in his 29th season as the skipper of the Cal men's swimming team. Thornton, the dean of Pac-10 swimming coaches, sports a career duel meet record of 205-79 (.722). The 2002 Bears finished sixth at the NCAA Championships. Thornton led Cal to back-to-back NCAA titles in 1979 and 1980, and his teams have finished in the Top 10 nationally 23 of the 28 years he has directed the Bears.
NCAA AUTOMATICS & CONSIDERATION QUALIFYING TIMES
50 Free-Michael Cavic, 19.81 'B'; Duje Draganja, 19.91 'B'; Anthony Ervin, 20.02 'B'. 100 Free-Duje Draganja, 42.61 'A'; Michael Cavic, 43.28 'A'; Evan Lane, 44.70 'B'. 200 Free-Joe Bruckart, 1:38.47 'B'; Jens Thiele, 1:38.58 'B'; Miguel Molina, 1:38.71 'B'; Duje Draganja, 1:38.98 'B'. 500 Free-Miguel Molina, 4:25.94 'B'; John Dorr, 4:26.87 'B'. 100 Fly-Alex Lim, 46.76 'A'; Michael Cavic, 46.86 'A'; Duje Draganja, 47.41 'B'. 200 Fly-Alex Lim, 1:45.96 'B'; Joe Bruckart, 1:47.63 'B'; Michael Cavic, 1:47.68 'B'. 100 Back-Alex Lim, 46.83 'A'; Michael Cavic, 48.05 'B'; Jens Thiele, 48.75 'B'; Jeff Natalizio, 49.11 'B'. 200 Back-Alex Lim, 1:43.93 'A'. 100 Breast-Ricky Barbosa, 54.50 'B'; Quentin Byma, 54.97 'B'; Caleb Rowe, 55.76 'B'. 200 Breast-Caleb Rowe, 2:00.50 'B'; Ricky Barbosa, 2:00.50 'B'. 200 IM-Joe Bruckart, 2:48.41 'B'; Alex Lim, 1:48.89 'B'. 400 IM-John Dorr, 3:51.68 'B'; Miguel Molina, 3:53.19 'B'. 200 Medley Relay-(Lim, Barbosa, Cavic, Draganja), 1:27.08 'A'. 400 Medley Relay-(Lim, Byma, Cavic, Draganja), 3:12.10 'A'. 200 Free Relay-(Cavic, Draganja, Lane, Bruckart), 1:19.60 'B'. 400 Free Relay-(Draganja, Bruckart, Lane, Cavic), 2:52.86 'A'. 800 Free Relay-(Molina, Dorr, Bruckart, Thiele), 6:36.88 'B'.
BEARS BOAST 15 SWIMMERS ON TAPER & SHAVE'S COLLEGE QUICK 50 TIMES LISTS
Lists of the nation's top times are splashed with the names of Golden Bears. The following are Cal swimmers that are listed on the Feb. 17 Taper & Shave College Quick 50 Best Times lists. Additionally, Cal's relays are among the best in the nation as the 200 free relay, 400 free relay and 200 medley relay are ranked No. 1, while the 400 medley relay is No. 3.
Ricky Barbosa-100 breast (6th, 54.50), 200 breast (t23rd, 2:00.50); Joe Bruckart-200 free (36th, 1:38.47), 100 fly (27th, 48.97), 200 fly (24th, 1:47.63), 200 IM (7th, 1:48.41); Quentin Byma-100 breast (13th, 54.97); Michael Cavic-50 free (2nd, 19.81), 100 free (2nd, 43.28), 100 back (9th, 48.05), 100 fly (2nd, 46.86), 200 fly (27th, 1:47.68); John Dorr-500 free (31st, 4:26.87), 1650 free (39th, 15:37.85), 200 IM (39th, 1:50.26), 400 IM (14th, 3:51.68); Duje Draganja-50 free (3rd, 19.91), 100 free (1st, 42.61), 200 free (48th, 1:38.98), 100 fly (3rd, 47.41), 200 fly (27th, 1:47.68); Anthony Ervin-50 free (8th, 20.02), 100 free (45th, 44.97); Chris Gibson-200 back (42nd, 1:48.25); Evan Lane-100 free (34th, 44.70); Ryan Lean-500 free (48th, 4:29.07), 1650 free (30th, 15:34.35); Alex Lim-100 back (2nd, 46.83), 200 back (2nd, 1:43.30), 100 fly (1st, 46.76), 200 fly (8th, 1:45.96), 200 IM (16th, 1:48.89); Miguel Molina-200 free (43rd, 1:38.71), 500 free (22nd, 4:25.94), 200 breast (50th, 2:02.49), 200 IM (29th, 1:49.94), 400 IM (19th, 3:53.19); Jeff Natalizio-100 back (25th, 49.11), 200 back (26th, 1:47.01), 200 IM (45th, 1:50.09); Caleb Rowe-100 breast (35th, 55.76), 200 breast (t23rd, 2:00.50); Jens Thiele-100 free (49th, 45.05), 200 free (39th, 1:38.58), 100 back (16th, 48.75), 200 back (35th, 1:47.79).