Cal in Fourth Place After Day Two at NCAAs

March 28, 2003

AUSTIN, Texas-- - Two days are now complete at the 2003 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, and the University of California's men's swimming team has accumulated 238 points to stand in fourth place at the national meet in Austin, Texas. The Golden Bears finished in sixth place at the 2002 NCAA Championships.

The University of Texas hosts the event at the Jamail Texas Swimming Center. Auburn has tallied 449 points to stand in first place, but the Longhorns jumped into the second-place spot (282 points) after winning four events Friday night. Stanford rounds out the top three with 272 points.

In the first event of the evening, Cal's 200 medley relay team of junior Alex Lim, senior Quentin Byma, freshman Michael Cavic and senior Anthony Ervin finished fifth in a season-best time of 1:26.10. The Longhorn's squad of Aaron Peirsol, Brendan Hansen, Daniel Ditoro and Ian Crocker set a new American, NCAA and U.S. Open record in the event in a time of 1:24.46.

The evening's second event saw Georgia's Robert Margalis win the 400 individual medley in 3:39.92. Cal sophomore John Dorr finished 15th in the final's field, touching the wall at 3:51.48.

Texas secured its second win on the night in the 100 butterfly, as Crocker defended his national title in a time of 45.67. Sophomore Duje Draganja placed third in a season-best time of 46.40, while Cavic finished just one one-hundredth of a second behind him at 46.41. Lim also scored points for the Bears, finishing sixth in the consolation final in a time of 47.45.

Arizona's Simon Burnett won the 200 free (1:33.69), while Cal's senior captain Joe Bruckart finished fifth in a time of 1:34.92.

In the fifth event of the evening, Texas nabbed another national title, as Hansen won the 100 breast in an NCAA record-breaking time of 51.96. Cal did not have any participants in the finals, however both Byma and sophomore Caleb Rowe swam season-best times in the morning's preliminaries, posting marks of 54.78 and 55.13, respectively.

Stanford's Peter Marshall successfully defended his 100 back title (45.57), while Lim finished third in a season-best time of 46.59. Freshman Jens Thiele also scored points for the Bears, placing 14th in the field in 47.91. In the preliminaries, sophomore Jeff Natalizio clocked his fastest time of the year in the event in 48.43, a time that now places him tied for 10th on Cal's all-time Top 10 performances list.

Texas closed out the evening's events with yet another win, capturing the 800 free relay title in a time of 6:18.62. Cal's squad of freshman Miguel Molina, Thiele, Bruckart and Dorr placed sixth in a season-best time of 6:26.30. That mark betters their previous top time of 6:28.60 by over two seconds.

The NCAA Championships conclude Saturday, Mar. 29. Tomorrow's events begin with the 1650 free, followed by the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, platform diving and 400 free relay. Preliminaries begin at 11 a.m. with finals at 7 p.m. Check http://www.texassports.com for prelim results and http://www.calbears.com for a complete Cal recap and results.

Cal Results from the 2003 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships-Fri., Mar. 28

200-yard Medley Relay-5. California (Lim, Byma, Cavic, Ervin) 1:26.10. 400-yard Individual Medley-15. John Dorr 3:51.48; (prelims) 19. Miguel Molina 3:52.15. 100-yard Butterfly-3. Duje Draganja 46.40, 4. Michael Cavic 46.41, 14. Alex Lim 47.45. 200-yard Freestyle-5. Joe Bruckart 1:34.92. 100-yard Breaststroke-(prelims) 22. Quentin Byma 54.78, 23. Rick Barbosa 54.82, 26. Caleb Rowe 55.13. 100-yard Backstroke-3. Alex Lim 46.59, 14. Jens Thiele 47.91; (prelims) 22. Jeff Natalizio 48.43, DQ Anthony Ervin. 800-yard Freestyle Relay-6. California (Molina, Thiele, Bruckart, Dorr) 6:26.30.

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