Cal Men's Swimming Defeats Pacific, 133-116, to start 2007-08 Campaign

Oct. 5, 2007

BERKELEY, CALIF. - The California men's swimming team, under the direction of first-year coach David Durdan, started off the 2007-08 season defeating Pacific, 133-116, Friday at Spieker Aquatics Complex. The Golden Bears dominated the competition, winning 11 events, paced by seniors Dominik Meichtry and William Copeland capturing two events apiece.

Meichtry, last year's NCAA runner-up in the 200 free, won both the 100 free (46.21) and 1000 free (9:44.30), while Copeland placed first in the 100 fly (50.72) and 100 back (51.40). Other individual winners for Cal included freshman Martti Aljand in the 200 free (1:44.50), freshman Troy Nissen in the 100 breast (59.05), senior David Russell in the 200 fly (1:51.33), senior Joe Whittington in the 50 free (20.67), senior Mark Eckert in the 200 back (1:49.27) and sophomore transfer (West Virginia) Sean Mahoney in the 200 breast (2:05.99).

The Bears also won the 200 medley relay in a time of 1:29.60 (Russell, Richard Hunter, Jernej Godec, Whittington).

'We swam a lot of different people in a lot of different events,' said Durden, who comes to Cal after two years directing the men's and women's program at Maryland, and five years as a top assistant at Auburn where the Tigers won six NCAA team titles between the men's and women's teams. 'It was nice to get through the first meet. There was less emphasis on results today, and a little more focus on details.'

Cal will next compete at the Pacific Invitational, Friday-Saturday, Oct. 19-20, at the Chris Kjelsen Pool Complex on the Pacific campus.