No. 6 Cal Holds Off No. 9 Michigan
Jan. 8, 2005
BERKELEY, Calif. - Sixth-ranked California won nine of 16 events to defeat No. 9 Michigan, 169-129, in a dual meet on Saturday at cold and rainy Spieker Aquatics Complex. The Golden Bears improved their dual-meet record to 5-0 this season.
Cal junior Miguel Molina starred for the Bears, winning the 200-yard breaststroke in an NCAA B qualifying time of 2:00.76 and winning the 200-yard freestyle (1:39.08). His latter time was one one-hundredth of a second off the NCAA B qualifying standard and also beat Michigan's Davis Tarwater by just two one-hundredths of a second. Molina also earned points for Cal with a third-place finish in the 400 individual medley, edging Alex Vanderkaay, 3:57.09-3:57.11.
Molina's heroics helped to offset the performance by Peter Vanderkaay, Alex's older brother. Michigan's Olympian won three individual events - the 1650 free (15:34.06), 500 free (4:30.61) and 400 individual medley (3:53.93, NCAA B qualifying time). Chris DeJong also won two individual events - the 100 backstroke (48.24, NCAA B qualifying time) and 200 back (1:45.01, NCAA B qualifying time) - for the Wolverines.
Cal junior Milorad Cavic, in only his second meet of the season, swam an impressive 48.26 to win the 100 butterfly. His time was an NCAA B qualifying time and id Cal's best time in the event this season. Sophomore teammate Patrick O'Neil won the 200 fly in 1:48.13. O'Neil's mark was just six one-hundredths of a second off the NCAA B qualifying time and is Cal's top time in the 200 fly this season.
Other Cal winners included senior Caleb Rowe, who won the 100 breaststroke (55.74), sophomore Jonas Tilly, who won the 50 free (20.50), sophomore Rolandas Gimbutis, who won the 100 free (44.92), the Cal A team (Cavic, Rowe, Tilly and senior Duje Draganja) in the 200 medley relay (1:29.38) and senior diver Nathaniel Dean, who won the three-meter springboard with 263.48 points. Cal's 200 medley relay time is its best of the season.
Michigan's A team won the last swimming event of the day, the 200 free relay, in a time of 1:27.15, though all three of Cal's relay teams swam the event as an exhibition. The Cal A team (Gimbutis, junior Evan Lane, freshman Joe Whittington and Draganja) swam an unofficial 1:21.51.
The Bears next host their Cal Invitational on Friday through Sunday, Jan. 15-17, at Spieker Aquatics Complex.