Fourth-Ranked Golden Bear Men's Swimmers Impressive at the Husky Invitational

Dec. 4, 2006

SEATTLE - The fourth-ranked California men's swimming team got off to a quick start at the Husky Invitational and never looked back the rest of the weekend. The meet is being held at the King County Aquatics Center, in Seattle, Wash.

On Friday, the Bears claimed the top two spots in both the 200 free relay and the 200 medley relay. The squad of freshman Nathan Adrian, juniors William Copeland and Jernej Godec and freshman Guy Barnea won the 200 free with their winning time of 1:18.88, which also ranks 10th on Cal's all-time list. Junior Richard Hunter, freshman Scott Sorge, juniors Eric Dunipace and Dominic Cathey finished second with their time of 1:24.19.

In the 400 medley relay, also on Friday, junior David Russell joined Hunter, Godec and Adrian to win the event with their time of 3:13.71. Cal's second team in the race, Barnea, Graham Lentz, Patrick O'Neil and Copeland finished in second (3:19.49).

Also during the first day of competition several prelims and finals were contested. In the 500 free, five Golden Bears advanced to the finals. Junior Dominik Meichtry won both the prelims (4:25.21) and the final (4:18.72). His teammate senior Daniel Lysaught finished behind him in both the prelims (4:29.14) and the final (4:21.45). Also placing in the finals was freshman Aaron Casey in fourth (4:30.70), junior Louis Vayo in fifth (4:30.71) and junior Michael Jarfari in sixth (4:32.58).

In the 200 IM Friday, all but two qualifiers for the finals were Golden Bears. Junior Mark Eckert won the event with his season-best time of 1:48.08. Senior Patrick O'Neil was clocked at a season-best 1:50.40 to finish second. Other Bears that placed in the event were sophomore Matt Scanlan (third, 1:52.31), Russell (fourth, 1:52.31), Hunter (seventh, 1:55.97) and Cathey (eighth, 1:56.32).

After winning the prelims (19.52, season-best) in the 50 free, Godec finished second in the final race with his time of 19.85. Copeland finished in third (19.88), Adrian in fourth (20.04), Barnea in sixth (20.68) and Dunipace in seventh (21.12).

On the second day of the competition, Cal placed three teams in the top five of the 200 medley relay. The squad of Russell, Hunter, Godec and Copeland finished first with their team-best time of 1:28.42. That time also is 10th on the Cal all-time list. The second place team of Barnea, Lentz, Cathey and Adrian was clocked at 1:30.32. In fourth place, Dunipace, freshman Troy Nissen, O'Neil, Sorge finished in 1:34.47.

The Bears also found success in the 400 IM. After claiming the 200 IM title the day before, Eckert also won the 400 IM with his time of season-best 3:51.55, after finishing fourth (4:01.23) in the prelims. Finishing behind Eckert was teammate Vayo with his season-best time of 3:53.36. Vayo had won the prelims after being clocked at 3:59.41. Other Golden Bears who finished in the top five were Casey (third, 3:58.60) and sophomore Ian Lentz (fifth, 4:03.62).

In the 100 fly on Saturday, O'Neil claimed the race with his final time of 47.56, a season-best. He had finished second (47.85) behind Godec in the prelims. Godec finished third in the finals with his time of 48.00, after posting a season-best 47.68 in the prelims. Adrian was clocked at a season-best 47.92 in the finals, finishing second. Barena finished fourth (48.35, season-best), Cathey placed fifth (48.70, season-best) and Copeland finished sixth (49.40, season-best)

Meichtry won the 200 free with his team-best time of 1:34.76. His time now stands sixth on Cal's all-time list. Lysaught finished third with his season-best time of 1:38.24.

In the 100 breast, Hunter posted a time of 56.85 to finish second. Right behind Hunter, Nissen finished in third (57.20, season-best). Graham Lentz placed sixth (58.10, season-best) and Paul Hernandez finished eighth (59.27, season-best).

Wrapping up Saturday, Russell finished first in the 100 back with his season-best time of 46.75. Godec finished behind Russell in second (49.53, season-best) and Eckert placed third (49.63, season-best). Other Bears in the race were Barnea (fourth, 49.75) and sophomore Ryan Emanuel (fifth, 50.22).

On the final day of the competition, Adrian, Copeland, Godec and Meichtry teamed up to win the 400 free relay with their team-best time of 2:54.17.

In the 1650 free, Lysaught finished second with his season-best time of 15:26.03. Other Bears in the race were Jafari (fourth, 15:40.04), Casey (fifth, 15:41.64) and Meichtry (sixth, 15:53.35).

Russell captured his second 200 back titles with his season-best time of 1:43.26. Eckert placed second after being clocked at 1:44.96. Vayo (1:46.28, season-best) and Barnea (1:48.03, season-best) finished third and fourth respectively. Also in the race Emanuel (sixth, 1:52.21) and Casey (seventh, 1:52.67).

In the 100 free, Adrian finished second (44.39), Meichtry placed third (44.52, season-best) and Godec finished fourth (44.58, season-best).

Nissen posted his career-best of 2:05.06 to finish second in the 200 breast on Sunday. Also in the race, Hernandez placed fifth (2:08.28, season-best) and Hunter finished seventh (2:09.06).

O'Neil captured his second 200 IM title also on the last day of the Invitational. O'Neil was clocked at a season-best 1:46.40 to win the event. Scanlan finished behind O'Neil in second with his season-best time of 1:48.56 and junior Justin Pollard placed third (1:49.32). Cathey was clocked at 1:51.52 for fifth place and Ian Lentz finished seventh (1:52.06).

The divers also competed this weekend, but at the Georgia Invitational. Junior Javier Rivas finished second on the one-meter with his season-best mark of 287.05, after posting a 265.35 in the prelims. Sophomore Sam Helvie finished behind Rivas in third with his mark of 280.30. Going into the final round, Helvie was in second after posting a 335.40 in the prelims. Also in the one-meter were Mark Wes (seventh, 246.95) and Danny Harper (10th/231.40).

On the three-meter, Helvie placed second (330.15, season-best) and Rivas was fifth (263.10). Also in the competition were Harper (seventh, 228.45) and Wes (tenth, 210.95).

The divers also competed on the platform for the first time this season. Rivas took second with his mark of 261.05. Helvie finished fourth (251.35), Wes placed (199.45) and Harper (185.20).

The Golden Bears will have time off before they open the Pac-10 season in Tucson, Ariz., on Jan. 5 against Arizona and Michigan.

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