Twelve Bears to Swim in USA Nationals; Cal Winning Gold in Serbia

July 6, 2009

BERKELEY - Twelve past or present California swimmers, including junior All-American Nathan Adrian, will compete in the 2009 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships/World Championship Trials to be held July 7-11 at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis. Also, six Cal swimmers are currently competing at the World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia, with former Bear Jernej Godec winning a gold medal in the 50-meter butterfly in a Slovenian-record time of 23.41 earlier today, July 6.

Other Bears swimming at nationals include former Bears Bennett Clark, Dominik Meichtry and David Russell; seniors Peter Davis and Troy Nissen; junior Martti Aljand; and sophomores Nolan Koon, Martin Liivamagi, Chris Rogers, Isaac Howell and Kevin Nielsen.

The six Bears in Serbia are Godec and fellow former Bear Will Copeland (USA); senior Sean Mahoney (USA); and juniors Guy Barnea (Israel), Damir Dugonjic (Slovenia) and Nick Ferrif (USA). Copeland was a member of the winning U.S. 400-meter freestyle relay, which posted a time of 3:14.74 to claim gold on July 5.

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