Pac-10 Men's Swimming Awards Announced
April 12, 2005
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -
CALIFORNIA'S Duje Draganja and Dominik Meichtry were named the Pacific-10 2004-05 Swimmer and Newcomer of the Year, respectively, while STANFORD's Skip Kenney was named Coach of the Year, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Draganja, a senior from Split, Croatia, won the 50 and 100 freestyle, as well as the 100 butterfly, at the Pac-10 Championships. He was also a member of California's 400 freestyle relay team, which established a new Pac-10 meet record. At the NCAA Championships, Draganja won the 100 freestyle, 100 butterfly and contributed to three Golden Bear relay titles, including the NCAA record-breaking 200 freestyle team, helping California to a fourth place finish. His time of 41.49 in the 100 freestyle broke former Bear Anthony Ervin's NCAA record.
Meichtry, a freshman from Rorschacherberg, Switzerland, placed second in the 200 freestyle and sixth in the 1650 freeestyle at the Pac-10 Championships. At the NCAA Championships, Meichtry finished 10th in the 200 freestyle. Meichtry helped Cal beat Stanford for the first time in almost 14 years with a second-place finish in the 500 freestyle and third-place finish in the 200 in their dual-meet clash.
Kenney led the Cardinal to their 24th consecutive Pacific-10 Championship. At the Conference Championships, he coached his swimmers to eight individual and three relay titles. Kenney coached Stanford to a second-place finish at the NCAA Championships in Minneapolis, Minn. The men's swimming Coach of the Year award is the 17th of Kenney's career.
The Swimmer, Newcomer and Coach of the Year honors are determined by a coaches vote.