Men's Swimming Stands in Ninth after Day One of NCAAs

March 16, 2007

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The fourth-ranked California Golden Bears finished the first day of competition in ninth place with 38 points at the 2007 NCAA Championship in Minneapolis, Minn. The even is being held at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center.

The Bears earned their first points of the day in the 200 free relay, as the team of Nathan Adrian, William Copeland, Jernej Godec and Joe Whittington finished sixth with their time of 1:17.68. The time earned Cal 26 points. Earlier in the day in the 200 free relay prelims, the Bears set the season-best time of 1:17.21.

Louis Vayo picked up a point for the Bears, as he finished 16th in the 200 IM with his clocking of 1:46.80. In the prelims he was timed at 1:45.82.

In his first NCAA Championships, freshman sensation Nathan Adrian tallied six points for Cal with his 11th place finish in the 50 free (19.71). In the prelims, Adrian set his season-best time in the 50 free of 19.57.

Cal also tallied 14 points with its 10th place finish in the 400 medley relay time of 3:10.62. The squad of David Russell, Graham Lentz, Godec and Adrian also were clocked in the prelims of the event at 3:11.41.

Diver Sam Helive topped off the day, with the addition of five points with his 12th place finish (334.45) in the one-meter.

Cal did not qualify anyone in the finals of the 500 free, as Dominik Meichtry finished right outside in 17th of the prelims, with his time of 4:20.51.

The Bears will continue action on Friday, as Dominik Meichtry aims to claim his first NCAA title in the 200 free. Golden Bears will also compete in 200 medley relay, 400 IM, 100 fly, 100 breast, 100 back, 800 free relay and three-meter springboard.

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