No. 1 Cal Closes Regular Season at No. 5 Stanford
Feb. 14, 2006
BERKELEY, Calif. -
BEARS SEEK ANOTHER UNBEATEN DUAL-MEET MARK
Top-ranked California (6-0, 3-0 Pac-10) ends the regular season at fifth-ranked Stanford at 1 p.m. on Saturday. A win over the Cardinal would mean a second straight unbeaten dual-meet record for the Golden Bears, who posted a 9-0 (4-0 Pac-10) mark last season. Cal beat Stanford, 129-114, last February to claim its unbeaten season and win its first dual meet in the all-time series since 1991.
Following this year's Stanford meet, the Bears gear up for the March 1-4 Pac-10 Championships in Federal Way, Wash., the March 9-12 NCAA Zone Diving Regional at a site TBA and the March 23-25 NCAA Championships in Atlanta, Ga.
CAL'S NO. 1!
Cal moved up one spot to No. 1 in the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) national top 25 rankings. Defending NCAA champion Auburn is ranked No. 2, USC, which beat Stanford on Feb. 4. after losing to Cal on Feb. 3, is No. 3, Florida is No. 4 and Stanford is No. 5. Cal last enjoyed the No. 1 ranking after last year's dual-meet win over Stanford.
SCOUTING THE CARDINAL
Stanford (3-1, 3-1 Pac-10) is coming off a 123-120 upset loss to USC in Los Angeles on Feb. 4, when the Cardinal was ranked third and the Trojans were ranked ninth. The Cardinal won five events, while USC broke a pool record that Cal had set the day before in the 400-yard freestyle relay (2:55.30) to clinch the victory.
The Cardinal has some of the nation's top talent in the nation in a variety of events, including sprint freestyle (junior All-American Ben Wildman-Tobriner; NCAA provisional qualifying time of 20.09 in the 50-yard free; holds the school record of 19.15 in the 50 free), middle-distance freestyle (junior All-American Andy Grant; automatic NCAA qualifying times of 1:35.24 in the 200 free and 4:18.43 in the 500 free), backstroke (junior All-American Hongzhe Sun; automatic NCAA qualifying times of 47.29 in the 100 back and 1:42.82 in the 200 back), breaststroke (freshman Paul Kornfeld; NCAA provisional qualifying time of 1:58.29 in the 200 breast), individual medley (senior All-American Tobias Oriwol; automatic NCAA qualifying time of 1:46.48 in the 200 IM) and diving (freshman Dwight Dumais, who took third on the one-meter springboard at the 2005 U.S. Senior Nationals). Stanford holds a 93-14 advantage in the all-time dual-meet series with Cal.
PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS ON TV
Fox Sports Net Bay Area will broadcast a one-hour condensed version of the Pac-10 Men's Swimming Championships on a tape-delay basis at 12 p.m. on Saturday, March 11. The University of Washington hosts the 2006 conference championships, which take place March 1-4 in Federal Way, Wash.