Slew Of Bears Set Pac-10 Meet Record

March 4, 2005

LONG BEACH, Calif. - Cal Berkeley's team of Duje Draganja, Milorad Cavic, Jonas Tilly, andRolandis Gimbutis finished first in the 200 freestyle relay, breakingthe Pac-10 meet record of 1:16.93 with a time of 1:16.77. Each ofCal's swimmers registered splits below 20 seconds. The time qualifiesthe Bears for the NCAA Championships along with Stanford's team of BenWildman-Tobriner, Jayme Cramer, Matt Crowe, and Kyle Ransom and theirsecond place time of 1:18.33. Third place finishing Arizona State andfourth place USC posted NCAA consolation qualifying times.

The closest finish of the day came in the 50 freestyle whenone-hundredth of a second determined the winner. Draganja of Caloutreached Wildman-Tobriner of Stanford to claim the title.Draganja's time of 19.22 and Wildman-Tobriner's 19.23 qualify them forthe NCAA Championships. Cal's Milroad, Jonas, and Rolandis, allqualified for the NCAA Championship with times of 19.46, 19.55, and19.69 respectively. 'We're very proud of our sprinters,' exclaimedCal co-head coach Mike Bottom after placing four out of the top fivein the 50 freestyle. Nine other swimmers posted NCAA consolationqualifying times.

In the 500 freestyle Ous Mellouli of USC successfully defended histitle as the 2004 Pac-10 champion touching in at a NCAA qualifyingtime of 4:14.66. Mellouli was pressured by Stanford's Mike McLean whofinished in 4:14.89 and also qualified for the NCAA championships.Places three through five were swept by Stanford with Shaun Phillipsand Andy Grant posting NCAA qualifying times of 4:16.96 and 4:18.25respectively, while Danny Beal came in under the consolationqualifying mark with a time of 4:21.43. Larsen Jensen of USC, whoplaced one spot out of the championship final, posted a 4:17.24 toearn a spot at the NCAA championships. Cal registered four NCAAconsolation qualifying times followed by two from Stanford, and oneeach from Arizona and Arizona State.

The 200 individual medley final was a battle of Bay Area rivals withCal and Stanford owning seven of the top eight finishes. Stanford'sTobias Oriwol sealed the victory posting a time of 1:45.27 followed byBerkeley's John Dorr who touched in at 1:45.32, both NCAA qualifyingmarks. Hongzhe Sun of Stanford and Miguel Molina of Cal alsoqualified for the NCAA Championships with their times of 1:45.56 and1:45.61 respectively. NCAA consolation qualifying times were postedby 14 other participants.

After seven events Stanford leads with 318.5 points, followed by Calwith 289. 'It's always fun chasing Stanford in this meet. Theyhaven't won this thing 23 years in a row by mistake. If we are goingto catch them, we have to continue to swim well and they have to makea mistake,' said Bottom.

Team Points
1. Stanford 318.5
2. Cal 289
3. USC 196
4. Arizona 162
5. Arizona State 101.5
6. Washington 96
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