Meichtry Falls Short of NCAA Title, Bears in Eighth

March 17, 2007

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - On the second day of the 2007 NCAA Championships, Dominik Meichtry let the 200 free individual title escape him as the Swiss native finished second in the final of the event. As a team the fourth-ranked Golden Bears enter tomorrow's final day of competition in eighth place with 125 points.

Meichtry, who entered today's 200 free races with the nation's top time, won the preliminary with his time of 1:34.00. In the finals of the event, Arizona's Darian Townsend upset Meichtry with his time of 1:33.29 as Meichtry finished 16-hundreths behind Towsend in second with his clocking of 1:33.45. However Meichtry did pick up 17 points for the Bears with his finish.

Cal's squad of David Russell, Richard Hunter, Jernej Godec and William Copeland earned four points for the Bears with their 15th place finish in the 200 medley relay (1:27.23).

Senior Patrick O'Neil notched 13 points with his sixth place finish in the 100 fly, with his clocking of 46.59. Also earning points for the Bears in the 100 fly were Godec (12th, 46.92, five points) and Nathan Adrian (13th, 47.07, four points).

Mark Eckert finished 11th in the 400 IM with his time of 3:46.63, earning six points. David Russell clocked a 46.83 in the prelims of the 100 back, but was disqualified in the finals.

Cal also collected 24 points in the 800 free relay, as the group of Meichtry, Louis Vayo, Adrian and Daniel Lysaught were clocked at 6:25.48.

The Bears will wrap up the 2007 NCAA Championships on Saturday, as they compete in the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, 1650 free, platform diving and the 400 free relay. The meet is being held at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center.

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