Cal Wins Three Events at Pac-10 Championships
March 6, 2003
The University of California's men's swimming team won three of five events during the first day of action at the 2003 Pac-10 Men's Swimming Championships. After day one, the Golden Bears are in second place with 208 points. Arizona State hosts the event at the Belmont Plaza Pool in Long Beach, Calif.
Cal is currently runner-up to Stanford (218 points). USC is in third place (169) and the Sun Devils are in fourth place (130). Arizona (83) and Washington (41) complete the field in fifth and sixth places, respectively.
The Bears started the championships off strong, winning the evening's first event, the 200-yard freestyle relay. Cal's squad of freshman Michael Cavic, sophomore Duje Draganja, freshman Matt Lyon and senior Anthony Ervin, clocked in a 1:17.92 finish, their fastest of the season and an NCAA automatic qualifying time.
In the 500 free, the night's second event, sophomore John Dorr placed fourth with an NCAA consideration qualifying time of 4:22.89. Freshman Miguel Molina won the consolation final, touching the wall in a season-best 4:25.14, while freshman Ryan Lean finished fourth in the consolation final with a time of 4:28.73.
Cal was back to its winning ways in the 200 individual medley, as senior captain Joe Bruckart won the event with an NCAA 'A' time of 1:44.49. Sophomore Jeff Natalizio placed fourth in a season-best time of 1:47.18, while fellow sophomore Caleb Rowe took second in the consolation final with a time of 1:49.80.
The Bears showed off their strengths in the sprints, as Ervin and Cavic went 1-2 in the 50 free. Ervin's time of 19.28, was the fastest in the nation this season. Cavic also clocked a season-best time of 19.69. Draganja finished in fourth place with a season-best time of 19.84.
Cal's 400 medley relay team was disqualified, along with USC's and Washington's teams.
Tomorrow marks day two of the Pac-10 Championships and preliminaries begin at 11 a.m. with finals at 6 p.m. Saturday's events are the 200 medley relay, 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 free, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke and the 800 free relay. Visit www.calbears.com for a link to complete results and championships information.
Cal at Pac-10 Championships, Mar. 6, 2003Team Scores: 1. Stanford (218), 2. Cal (208), 3. USC (169), 4. ASU (130), 5. Arizona (83), 6. Washington (41).200-yard Freestyle Relay-1. Cal (Cavic, Draganja, Lyon, Ervin) 1:17.92. 500-yard Freestyle-4. John Dorr, 4:22.89, 9. Miguel Molina, 4:25.14, 12. Ryan Lean, 4:28.73. 200-yard Individual Medley-1. Joe Bruckart, 1:44.49, 4. Jeff Natalizio, 1:47.18, 18. Caleb Rowe, 1:49.80, 27. Keith Vogelgesang, 1:51.43. 50-yard Freestyle-1. Anthony Ervin, 19.28, 2. Michael Cavic, 19.69, 4. Duje Draganja, 19.84, 10. Matt Lyon, 20.20, 12. Jens Thiele, 20.35, 18. Evan Lane, 20.45, 27. Quentin Byma, 20.98. 400-yard Medley Relay-Disqual.