Cal Takes Second Place at Pac-10 Championships
March 4, 2006
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - Third-ranked California won the final event of the night, the 400-yard freestyle relay, and took second place, with 796 points, on Saturday at the Pac-10 Championships at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatics Center. Stanford, with 880 points, won its 25th straight conference championship.
The Cal A quartet of sophomore William Copeland, sophomore Jernej Godec, junior Jonas Tilly and senior Milorad Cavic swam a season-best and automatic NCAA qualifying time of 2:51.27 to win the 400-free relay. That time ranks the 2006 Bears fifth on Cal's all-time 400-free relay list.
Cal added a pair of runner-up finishes on the conference meet's final night. Senior Henrique Barbosa was second in the 200 breaststroke in a season-best and automatic NCAA qualifying time of 1:55.93. Junior teammate Graham Lentz was seventh in a provisional NCAA B qualifying time of 1:59.84. Stanford's Paul Kornfeld won the race in a time of 1:55.30.
Bears junior Daniel Lysaught took second in the 1650 freestyle in a personal record and automatic NCAA qualifying time of 15:03.72, Cal's fastest time in the distance race since 1993. Cal sophomore Dominik Meichtry was eighth in 15:14.03 in the 1650, which Stanford's Shaun Phillips won in 14:43.89.
Cal coach Nort Thornton saw three of his swimmers make the 200 backstroke final, with freshman David Russell third (1:43.53, NCAA A), sophomore Mark Eckert fourth (1:43.89, NCAA A) and sophomore Louis Vayo sixth (1:44.81, NCAA B).
Bears junior Patrick O'Neil swam a 1:47.00 to take seventh in the 200 butterfly, which USC's Viktor Bodrogi won in an NCAA-record time of 1:42.35.
Sophomore William Copeland was the only Bear to reach the A final in the 100 freestyle. He took seventh in what was a personal record 43.70 until he swam the lead leg of the 400-free relay in a time of 43.28, which is an automatic NCAA qualifying time. Stanford's Ben Wildman-Tobriner won the 100 free in 42.79.
The results from the Feb. 25 platform final at the Pac-10 Diving Championships were added tonight's tally. Cal freshman Sam Helvie scored a 271.35 to take fourth, and sophomore teammate Javier Rivas was seventh in 239.05.
The Bears' divers next compete March 9-11 in the NCAA Zone E Regional in Oklahoma City, Okla. The Cal swimmers, and perhaps the divers, next compete in the March 23-25 NCAA Championships in Atlanta, Ga.
Pac-10 Championships Team Standings
1. Stanford 8802. California 7993. USC 5304. Arizona 5195. Arizona State 3526. Washington 188
California Results from Day 4 Finals of the 2006 Pac-10 Men's Swimming Championships