Dominik Meichtry - Men's Swimming
Feb. 26, 2007
BERKELEY - This week's California Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week honor goes to Dominik Meichtry from the Golden Bear Men's Swimming team. A 2004 Swiss Olympian, Meichtry concluded the Pac-10 season with the prize that has eluded him the last two years - the junior won the 200 freestyle title this past weekend at the 2007 Pac-10 Championships in Federal Way, Wash.
Meichtry swam against four of the top six national time holders in the race. He had an edge on the competition during the race, finishing at a season-best 1:33.82, winning his first Pac-10 title in the 200 free. The time, according to College Swimming.com, is the fastest in the nation this year. Earlier in the day, Meichtry had finished second in the preliminary round (1:35.11), behind Stanford's Andy Grant (1:34.62). Last year, Meichtry finished second to eventual 200 free NCAA champion Simon Burnett of Arizona.
This title was Meichtry's sixth 200 free title this season, his others include a 1:34.51clocking against Stanford in the last dual meet of the season, where he put on the jets in the final 50 meters to beat teammate freshman Nathan Adrian and Stanford's Grant. Meichtry's time of 1:34.76 he set at the Husky Invitational in December is the nation's third-best time.
A native of Rorschacherberg, Switzerland, Meichtry secured five straight titles in the 500 free, including Jan. 26, when he beat USC's Larsen Jensen by 4.13 seconds, with his winning time of 4:19.47. He earned Pac-10 Swimmer of the Month honors for the month of January.
Meichtry was also involved on relay teams this past weekend. He swam the third leg of the 800 free relay, which placed third with their time of 6:23.51.
Joining Meichtry by winning individual Pac-10 titles for the Bears were sophomore David Russell in the 100 breast and senior Patrick O'Neil in the 200 fly. Russell finished the 100 fly at 46.93, 15-hundreths in front of 2006 100-back Pac-10 champion Hongzhe Sun of Stanford. A native of Roseburg, Ore., O'Neil won the 200 fly with his time of 1:45.00, edging last year's champion USC's Viktor Bodrogi (1:45.46).
Cal finished the meet in second for the sixth consecutive year, with 657 points. The Bears will hit the NCAA Championship next on March 15-17 in Minneapolis, Minn.
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|February 5||Devanei Hampton||Women's Basketball|
|January 29||Alysia Johnson||Track and Field|
|January 22||Ashley Walker||Women's Basketball|
|January 15||Devanei Hampton||Women's Basketball|
|January 8||Ayinde Ubaka||Men's Basketball|
|January 1||Marshawn Lynch||Football|
|December 25||Ryan Anderson||Men's Basketball|
|December 11||Ashley Walker||Women's Basketball|
|December 4||NCAA Champions||Men's Water Polo|
|November 27||John Mann||Men's Water Polo|
|November 20||Ashley Walker||Women's Basketball|