Draganja wins 50 free at Pac-10 Championships

March 3, 2005

LONG BEACH, Calif. - California senior Duje Draganja edged Stanford's Ben Wildman-Tobriner for the second time today to win the 50-yard freestyle final and later led off Cal's winning 200-yard freestyle relay as the top-ranked Golden Bears remained in second place on Day 2 of the 2005 Pac-10 Men's Swimming Championships held tonight at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool.

Stanford remains in first place, with 318.5 points, while Cal is in sole possession of second place, with 289 points.

Draganja swam a 19.22 to Wildman-Tobriner's 19.23 to take the 50 free title. Draganja had beaten the Cardinal swimmer by two hundredths of a second in this morning's prelim race. Cal teammates Milorad Cavic (19:46), Jonas Tilly (19:55) and Rolandas Gimbutis (19:69) finished 3-4-5 in the 50. All four Bears swam automatic NCAA qualifying times in the sprint event. Draganja later swam a 19.34 to lead off the Cal A relay, which won the 200 free relay in a new school and Pac-10 Championships record of 1:16.77. The Cal A relay, which included Cavic, Tilly and Gimbutis, also swam an automatic NCAA qualifying mark.

In the 200 individual medley final, Cal senior John Dorr came in a close second to Stanford's Tobias Oriwol, who beat Dorr 1:45.27-1:45.32 (NCAA automatic qualifying time). Bears junior Miguel Molina was fourth (1:45.61, NCAA A) and senior teammate Caleb Rowe was eighth (1:47.61, NCAA B) in the 200 IM.

In the 500 free final, Cal freshman John Foster swam a 4:21.69 (NCAA B) to take sixth place and freshman teammate Dominik Meichtry swam a 4:25.84 (NCAA B) to take eighth place. Freshman teammate Louis Vayo actually swam a faster time (4:23.71, NCAA B) than Meichtry, but Vayo's swim came in the consolation final and he finished 12th.

Tonight's standings also reflect the results from the one-meter diving from the diving portion of the Pac-10 Championships, held last week in Federal Way, Wash. Cal senior Louie Gagnet was fourth in the event with a score of 281.35, which added 15 points to the Bears' total.

Action continues tomorrow with event preliminaries at 11a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.

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