Cavic Breaks Pac-10 Championships Meet Record in 100 Fly

March 7, 2003

LONG BEACH, Calif. - Led by freshman butterflyer Michael Cavic, the University of California's men's swimming team won two of seven events during the second day of action at the 2003 Pac-10 Men's Swimming Championships. After day two, the Golden Bears remain in second place with 488 points. Arizona State hosts the event at the Belmont Plaza Pool in Long Beach, Calif.

Cal is currently runner-up to Stanford (604 points). USC is in third place (414) and the Sun Devils are in fourth place (296). Arizona (212) and Washington (142) complete the field in fifth and sixth places, respectively.

The Bears finished second to Stanford's 200-yard medley relay team in the evening's first event. Cal's squad of junior Alex Lim, senior Quentin Byma, freshman Michael Cavic and senior Anthony Ervin claimed the runner-up spot with an NCAA automatic qualifying and season-best time of 1:26.36. The team's finish marks the second consecutive year that the Bears have finished in second place.

In the 400 individual medley, sophomore John Dorr placed sixth with a season-best and NCAA consideration qualifying time of 3:48.78. Sophomore Miguel Molina placed second in the consolation final, also with a season-best and NCAA 'B' time of 3:49.77.

Cal displayed a 1-2 punch in the 100 butterfly as Cavic won the event in a Pac-10 Championship meet record time of 46.32. That time broke the former record of 46.64 set by Stanford's Dod Wales in 1998. Sophomore Duje Draganja finished just behind Cavic, also in an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 46.44. Lim finished seventh in the championships final with a NCAA consideration time of 47.81.

Team captain Joe Bruckart is ending his senior season in style, adding the 200 freestyle Pac-10 title to the 200 IM title he won last night. Bruckart touched the wall first with an NCAA 'A' time of 1:34.46, after finishing third in the event at last season's championship meet.

Freshman breaststroker Rick Barbosa and senior breaststroker Quentin Byma tied for sixth place in the 100 breaststroke with an NCAA consideration time of 55.24. Sophomore Caleb Rowe also clocked a 'B' time, placing second in the consolation final (55.28).

In the 100 backstroke, Lim finished fourth with an NCAA automatic time of 47.26. Lim has already qualified for the NCAA championships in both the 100 and 200 back and 100 and 200 fly. Also placing in the championship final were freshman Jens Thiele and Ervin. Thiele finished sixth with an NCAA 'B' time of 48.28, while Ervin was right behind in seventh in 48.50-also an NCAA consideration time. Sophomore Jeff Natalizio won the consolation final with a season-best time of 49.09.

The 800 free relay marked the evening's final event and Cal's team of Molina, Thiele, Bruckart and Dorr finished third in a season-best 6:28.60.

Tomorrow marks the conclusion of the 2003 Pac-10 Men's Swimming Championships. Preliminaries begin at 11 a.m. with finals at 6 p.m. Saturday's events start with the 1650 free, followed by the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly and 400 free relay. Visit www.calbears.com for a link to complete results and championships information.

Cal at Pac-10 Championships, Mar. 7, 2003
Team Scores: 1. Stanford (604), 2. Cal (488), 3. USC (414), 4. ASU (296), 5. Arizona (212), 6. Washington (142).200-yard Medley Relay-2. Cal (Lim, Byma, Cavic, Ervin), 1:26.36. 400-yard Individual Medley-6. John Dorr, 3:49.78; 8. Miguel Molina, 3:49.77. 100-yard Butterfly-1. Michael Cavic, 46.32 (meet record); 2. Duje Draganja, 46.44; 7. Alex Lim, 47.81; 19. Keith Vogelgesang, 49.95. 200-yard Freestyle-1. Joe Bruckart, 1:34.46; 13. Ryan Lean, 1:40.94; Evan Lane, DQ. 100-yard Breaststroke-6t. Rick Barbosa and Quentin Byma, 55.24; 8. Caleb Rowe, 55.28; 16. Brooks Jenkins, 56.86; Matt Lyon, DQ. 100-yard Backstroke-4. Alex Lim, 47.26; 6. Jens Thiele, 48.28; 7. Anthony Ervin, 48.50; 9. Jeff Natalizio, 49.09; 13. Chris Gibson, 50.60. 800-yard Freestyle Relay- 3. Cal (Molina, Thiele, Bruckart, Dorr), 6:28.60.

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