O'Neil wins 200 fly prelim at Pac-10 Championships

March 5, 2005

LONG BEACH, Calif. - California sophomore Patrick O'Neil won the 200-yard butterfly preliminary in a time of 1:44.00 on Day 4 of the 2005 Pac-10 Men's Swimming and Diving Championships held this morning at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool. In all, eleven Golden Bears qualified for the finals tonight, which mark the completion of this year's conference meet.

Cal is in second place, with 575 points, behind first-place Stanford (643.5).

O'Neil's time is the second fastest 200 fly in Cal history. It also is O'Neil's career best in the event and is an automatic NCAA qualifying time.

Senior teammate Caleb Rowe took second in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 1:56.38, which is also the second fastest time in that event in school history and is an automatic NCAA qualifying time.

Other highlights for Cal include senior Duje Draganja's second-place finish in the 100 freestyle (43:12, NCAA A) and freshman Mark Eckert's third-place finish (1:45.01, NCAA B) in the 200 backstroke.

The finals begin at 6 p.m. tonight.

California Results from Day 4 Preliminaries

200-Yard Backstroke
3. Mark Eckert 1:45.01 (NCAA B). 4. Louis Vayo 1:45.41 (NCAA B). 7. Chris Gibson 1:45.56 (NCAA B). 9. Jernej Godec 1:47.27.

100-Yard Freestyle
2. Duje Draganja 43.12 (NCAA A). 3. Rolandas Gimbutis 43.32 (NCAA A). 4. Jonas Tilly 43.77 (NCAA B). 13. Evan Lane 44.71 (NCAA B).

200-Yard Breaststroke2. Caleb Rowe 1:56.38 (NCAA A). 3. Henrique Barbosa 1:58.19 (NCAA B). 4. Miguel Molina 1:58.61 (NCAA B). 9. Graham Lentz 2:00.72 (NCAA B).

200-Yard Butterfly1. Patrick O'Neil 1:44.00 (NCAA A). 8. Milorad Cavic 1:47.04 (NCAA B). 9. John Dorr 1:47.25 (NCAA B).

2005 Pac-10 Men's Swimming and Diving Championships
Standings through Day 3 and 14 completed events

1. Stanford	  643.52. California	  5753. USC        	  3744. Arizona	  3275. Arizona State  200.56. Washington     150
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