Cal Men's Swimming Performs Well in Friday Prelims

March 7, 2008

LONG BEACH, CALIF. - The No. 11-ranked University of California men's swimming team had another successful prelim session Friday morning at the 2008 Pac-10 Conference Swimming Championships, hosted at the Belmont Plaza Pool in Long Beach, Calif. In the 100 back, junior David Russell captured the prelim with an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 46.72. The Bears had two more strong efforts in the 100 back as freshman Martti Aljand swam a career-best and NCAA consideration time of 48.25 to sit in fourth, and senior Mark Eckert produced an NCAA consideration time of 48.37 to place fifth entering tonight's final.

In the 200 free prelims, senior Dominik Meichtry was second with an NCAA consideration time of 1:35.53, just behind Stanford's Daniel Beal's mark of 1:35.33. In the 100 breast prelims, freshman Damir Dugonjic was second with a season-best and NCAA qualifying time of 52.80, while senior Richard Hunter swam a career-best and NCAA consideration time of 53.69. In the 400 IM prelims, sophomore Aaron Casey finished fifth with a career-best 3:50.58. In the 100 fly, senior Jernej Godec was third with a season-best 47.39, while junior Matt Scanlan was seventh with a career-best 47.62.

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