Molina wins twice at Stanford Invitational Grand Prix

May 23, 2005

STANFORD, Calif. - California junior Miguel Molina led a large contingent of current and former Golden Bears with wins in the 200-meter breaststroke (2:21.36) and 200-meter individual medley (2:05.06) at the inaugural Stanford Invitational Grand Prix held Friday, May 20, through Sunday, May 22, at Stanford. Also, Cal sophomore Rolandas Gimbutis won the 50-meter freestyle (22:81) and freshman Dominik Meichtry won the 200-meter free (1:49.95) at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Center, whose field for the Invitational included Cal's U.S. Olympian Natalie Coughlin and Cal's Croatian Olympian Duje Draganja.

Molina, who completed his junior year this season in Berkeley, also took 15th place (2:18.14) in the 200 backstroke at Stanford. Meanwhile, Gimbutis won the 50 free over a field that included fourth-place Cal freshman Jernej Godec (23.42) and 11th-place Cal freshman Dash Rothberg (24.72). Gimbutis also took second place (50.62) in the 100 free to U.S. Olympian Michael Phelps (49.82). Also in the 100 free, Meichtry was fifth (50.95) and Draganja, who completed his Cal career this season, was sixth (51.00).

The top results for the Cal women included Coughlin's second-place finish (2:16.25) in the 200 IM, sophomore Sherry Tsai's second-place finish (1:04.18) in the 100 backstroke, junior Ashley Chandler's fourth-place finish (4:23.03) in the 400 free, sophomore Erin Reilly's sixth-place finish (2:05.69) in the 200 free, sophomore Anne Babicz's seventh-place finish in the 100 breaststroke (1:15.25), Coughlin's eighth-place finish (4:27.74) in the 400 free and Chandler's eighth-place finish (2:08.67) in the 200 free.

Results of Current and Former California Golden Bears at the May 20-22 Stanford Invitational Grand Prix

Friday, May 20

Women's 100-Meter Freestyle9. Erin Reilly (California Aquatics) 58.46. 13. Lauren Medina (California Aquatics) 59.44. 14. Sherry Tsai (California Aquatics) 59.83. 20. Lauren Andrews (California Aquatics) 59.85. 21. Anne Babicz (California Aquatics) 1:00.18.

Men's 100-Meter Freestyle2. Rolandas Gimbutis (California Aquatics) 50.62. 5. Dominik Meichtry (Unattached) 50.95. Duje Draganja (California Aquatics) 51.00. 12. Jonas Tilly (Unattached) 52.27. 13. Jernej Godec (California Aquatics) 52.41.

Women's 200-Meter Breaststroke11. Anne Babicz (California Aquatics) 2:44.85. 16. Genevieve Patterson (California Aquatics) 2:47.80.

Men's 200-Meter Breaststroke1. Miguel Molina (Unattached) 2:21.36.

Women's 200-Meter Butterfly13. Rachel Ridgeway (California Aquatics) 22:23.48.

Men's 200-Meter Butterfly13. Patrick O'Neil (Unattached) 2:11.50.

Saturday, May 21

Women's 200-Meter Individual Medley2. Natalie Coughlin (California Aquatics) 2:16.25. 11. Sherry Tsai (California Aquatics) 2:25.20. 19. Anne Babicz (California Aquatics) 2:26.25. 23. Rachel Ridgeway (California Aquatics) 2:28.66. 24. Erin Reilly (California Aquatics) 2:32.63.

Men's 200-Meter Individual Medley1. Miguel Molina (Unattached) 2:05.60.

Women's 400-Meter Freestyle4. Ashley Chandler (California Aquatics) 4:23.03. 8. Natalie Coughlin (California Aquatics) 4:27.74. 11. Lauren Medina (California Aquatics) 4:27.26. 14. Erin Reilly (California Aquatics) 4:29.08.

Men's 400-Meter Freestyle18. Ryan Lean (Unattached) 4:11.74.

Women's 100-Meter Breaststroke7. Anne Babicz (California Aquatics) 1:15.25. 12. Genevieve Patterson (California Aquatics) 1:17.37.

Women's 200-Meter Backstroke7. Lauren Andrews (California Aquatics) 2:22.50. 8. Sherry Tsai (California Aquatics) 2:23.93.

Men's 200-Meter Backstroke9. Chris Gibson (Unattached) 2:09.07. 15. Miguel Molina (Unattached) 2:18.14.

Women's 50-Meter Freestyle10. Anne Babicz (California Aquatics) 27.25. 19. Lauren Andrews (California Aquatics) 27.97.

Men's 50-Meter Freestyle1. Rolandas Gimbutis (California Aquatics) 22.81. 4. Jernej Godec (California Aquatics) 23.42. 11. Dash Rothberg (Unattached) 24.72.

Sunday, May 22

Women's 100-Meter Backstroke2. Sherry Tsai (California Aquatics) 1:04.18. 12. Lauren Andrews (California Aquatics) 1:07.40.

Women's 200-Meter Freestyle6. Erin Reilly (California Aquatics) 2:05.69. 8. Ashley Chandler (California Aquatics) 2:08.67. 22. Rachel Ridgeway (California Aquatics) 2:11.27.

Men's 200-Meter Freestyle1. Dominik Meichtry (Unattached) 1:49.95.

Women's 100-Meter Butterfly16. Erin Reilly (California Aquatics) 1:07.16.

Men's 100-Meter Butterfly3. Jernej Godec (California Aquatics) 55:08.

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