No. 4 Cal Defeats No. 7 USC to Stay Unbeaten

Feb. 4, 2005

BERKELEY, Calif. - Fourth-ranked California won 10 of 15 events on Friday to defeat No. 7USC, 161-136, in a dual meet at Spieker Aquatics Complex. The Golden Bears improved their record to 8-0 (3-0 Pac-10) this season.

Three of Cal's 2004 Olympians - Henrique Barbosa, Milorad Cavic and Duje Draganja - won two events each and swam on the winning 200-yard medley relay to lead the Bears to victory despite a strong performance from USC's Larsen Jensen. The Cal A team of Cavic, Barbosa, Jonas Tilly and Draganja opened Friday's action with an NCAA B qualifying time of 1:28.70 to beat USC's A squad (1:29.83). Cal's time is its best of the season in the 200 medley relay.

Jensen, a U.S. Olympian in Athens, won the day's second race - the 1000-yard freestyle (8:58.48) - later won the 500 free (4:26.59, NCAA B qualifying time) and took second in the 400 individual medley (4:03.52).

But after USC's Ous Melloui won the 200 free (1:37.42, NCAA B qualifying time), Cal won seven of the next eight events. During that span, Barbosa, a junior, won both breaststroke events and Draganja, a senior, won the 50 (19.79, NCAA B qualifying time) and 100 (43.57, NCAA B qualifying time) frees. Draganja, who competed in Athens for Croatia, now holds Cal's top time in the 100 free this season.

Barbosa took home the meet's closest victory in the 100 breaststroke, overtaking USC's Mihaly Flaskay in the final yards to win in an NCAA B qualifying time, 55.54-55.59. The Brazilian Olympian later won the 200 breaststroke (2:00.86) in another NCAA B mark.

Cavic, a junior who competed in Athens for Serbia & Montenegro, won the 100 backstroke (48.92) and 100 butterfly (48.83). Other Cal winners included sophomore Patrick O'Neil with the Bears' best time of the season in the 200 fly (1:46.84, NCAA B qualifying time) and freshman Louis Vayo with the Bears' best time of the season in the 200 back (1:47.14, NCAA B qualifying time). Senior teammate Louie Gagnet won the three-meter springboard with 335.33 points and took second on the one-meter board with 323.93 points.

The Bears next host No. 2 Stanford at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 19, at Spieker Aquatics Complex in their final dual meet of the season. The Pac-10 Championships follow March 2-5 in Long Beach.

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