Men's Swimming and Diving Finishes Second at the Dallas Morning News Classic

Jan. 15, 2007

DALLAS, Texas - The fourth-ranked Cal men's swimming and diving squad finished second behind No. 8 Northwestern at the Dallas Morning News Swimming and Diving Classic, this past weekend in Dallas, Texas.

The Bears finished the meet with 334 points. Northwestern won the classic with its point total of 359. SMU (305) and No. 10 Florida State (131), finished third and fourth respectively.

Cal's team of David Russell, Richard Hunter, Jernej Godec and Nathan Adrian finished three second behind Northwestern in the 400 medley relay. Northwestern won the event with their time of 3:10.87, as Cal finished 3:13.86.

After winning the 200 free at the last few meets, Dominik Meichtry (1:34.95) finished second behind Northwestern's Matt Grevers (1:34.21) in this weekend's 200 free.

Jernej Godec continued his impressive streak in the 50 free, winning the event with his final time of 19.95. Godec finished second in the 100 fly after being clocked at 47.63.

In the 200 fly, Patrick O'Neil won the event with his time of 1:46.75. O'Neil also won the 100 fly consolation final with his time of 48.39.

Louis Vayo, in the 400 IM, was clocked at 3:53.59 to finish third. In the 100 back, Richard Hunter placed third (56.33) and Mark Eckert was second (57.2) in the 100 back consolation final.

The Bears squad of Adrian, Vayo, O'Neil and Meichtry won the 800 free relay with their time of 6:31.37. The time was a new meet and pool record.

However, Cal could not win the 200 medley relay, with the team of Russell, Hunter, Godec and Adrian, they finished second with their time of 1:28.99. In the 200 free relay, the team of Adrian, Godec, Meichtry and O'Neil also finished second after being clocked at 1:20.70.

In the 500 free, Meichtry won the event with his time of 4:19.26. In the consolation final of this race, Vayo won that heat with his time of 4:30.22.

In the 100 back, David Russell finished second with his time of 47.30. Russell, also finished second in the 200 back after being clocked at 1:44.49.

Nathan Adrian finished third in the 100 free with his time of 44.86. Mark Eckert finished third (1:49.76) in the 200 IM.

In diving, Sam Helvie continued to rack up wins, winning both the one-meter and three-meter. In the one-meter, he won the event with his final mark of 358.25. He turned around and also won the three-meter with his mark of 381.15. Helvie finished the Dallas Morning News Classic as the highest point total diver.

The Bears will next host No. 6 USC in Berkeley, on Jan. 26 at 1 p.m. (PT).

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