Adrian Sets 50-Free Record for No. 4 Cal at Husky Invitational
Dec. 4, 2008
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - Sophomore Nathan Adrian won the 50-yard freestyle in a school-record time and automatic NCAA qualifying time of 18.94 for fourth-ranked California, which also posted an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 1:17.62 to win the 200-yard freestyle relay on Thursday night in the Husky Invitational at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center. Cal, which won four of five finals on Thursday, posted NCAA B qualifying times in the 50 free (senior Bennett Clark was second in 19.83 and sophomore Nick Cordes was 17th in 20.01), 200-yard individual medley (freshman Martin Liivamagi won in 1:45.30 and sophomore Martti Aljand was ninth in 1:46.51) and 400-yard medley relay (Cal won in 3:10.01). The Bears collected 397 points to stand in fourth place after one day.
Cal has the most points of any school that has just one team (the Cal men) in the meet. The Husky Invitational is a combined men's and women's meet, and the three teams ahead of Cal - USC (794 points), UC Santa Barbara (673.5) and Washington (664) - have men's and women's teams contributing to their point totals.
In the 50-free final, Adrian swam more than one second faster than the time (19.87) he posted to win the 50-free prelim this morning. His 18.94 surpasses the former school mark of 19.01 that former Cal great and fellow 2008 Olympian Duje Draganja set in 2005.
The Bears began the night with a win in the 200-free relay. Adrian led off the race, with senior Bennett Clark, sophomore Josh Daniels and sophomore Graeme Moore following. Cal won by more than two seconds over second-place UCSB (1:19.69).
Senior John Foster notched Cal's best finish in the 500 free, swimming 4:25.82 to take fourth place. Cal won three consolation finals and three C finals tonight, with freshman Isaac Howell (4:27.73) taking the consolation final and ninth place in the 500 free. Bears junior Aaron Casey won the C final and finished 17th in the 500 free in 4:25.37.
A third Bear - Moore - reached the 50-free final, finishing fourth in 20.03, just one hundredth of a second from an NCAA B cut. Daniels won Cal's third consolation final in 20.08 to place ninth in the 50 free. Cordes won the 50-free C final with his NCAA B qualifying time.
Friday's men's action begins with the 400 individual medley slated to start at approximately 10:01 a.m.
Cal's Thursday Results
200-Yard Individual Medley
1. Martin Liivamagi 1:45.30. 5. Sean Mahoney 1:48.98. 9. Martti Aljand 1:46.51. 17. Ian Lentz 1:50.58. 18. Nolan Koon 1:52.00. 19. Troy Nissen 1:52.59. 25. Matt Scanlan 1:51.84. 26. Andrew Godbe 1:51.97. 27. Miller Douglas 1:53.00. 28. Matt Benoit 1:53.55.
1. Nathan Adrian 18.94. 2. Bennett Clark 19.83. 4. Graeme Moore 20.03. 9. Josh Daniels 20.08. 17. Nick Cordes 20.01. 25. Alex Cushing 20.54. 26. Dash Rothberg 20.76. 27. Scott Sorge 20.82.
200-Yard Individual Medley
1. Sean Mahoney 1:47.12. 6. Martin Liivamagi 1:49.94. 10t. Martti Aljand 1:51.81. 20. Ian Lentz 1:53.71. 24. Troy Nissen 1:54.88. 25. Nolan Koon 1:54.89. 26t. Miller Douglas 1:55.10. 31. Andrew Godbe 1:55.69. 32. Matt Benoit 1:55.74. 33. Matt Scanlan 1:55.75. 34. Alex Cushing 1:55.84. 36. Aaron Casey 1:56.29. 41. David Russell 1:57.23. 62. Sree Akkineni 2:01.04. 63. Tim Freeman 2:02.47.
1. Nathan Adrian 19.87. 5. Graeme Moore 20.30. 8. Bennett Clark 20.55. 12. Josh Daniels 20.65. 19. Nick Cordes 20.84. 26. Alex Cushing 21.07. 31. Dash Rothberg 21.12. 32. Scott Sorge 21.13. 38. Damir Dugonjic 21.25. 43t. John Foster 21.41. 43t. Dana Foster 21.41. 49. Chris Rogers 21.77. 55. Andrew Godbe 21.96. 57. Nick Ferrif 22.03. 59. Kevin Nielsen 22.10.72. Gavin O'Neill 23.15. 73. Mark Prior 23.17.
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