Barnea and Mahoney Shine at World University Games

July 8, 2009

BELGRADE, SERBIA - Two University of California men's swimmers, Guy Barnea and Sean Mahoney, shined Wednesday, July 8 at the World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia. Barnea (Omer, Israel), who will be a junior next season for the Golden Bears, placed third in the 50-meter backstroke for his native Israel with a time of 25.09. Barnea trailed only Japan's Junya Koga (24.36) and Ryosuke Irie (25.05). Senior-to-be Mahoney (Rio Vista, Calif.), swimming for the United States, was fifth in the 200-meter breaststroke with a mark of 2:11.82.

Barnea and Mahoney's exploits continue the series of impressive swims for Cal athletes. On Sunday, former standout William Copeland (2005-08) swam the lead-off leg of the United States' gold medal-winning 400-meter freestyle relay, recording a World University Games 100-meter record of 48.39.

On Monday, former Bear star Jernej Godec (2005-08) captured the 2009 World University Games title in the 50-meter butterfly with a time of 23.41. Barnea also had a strong performance July 6 with a fifth-place finish in the 100-meter backstroke (54.32), while junior-to-be Nick Ferrif was sixth in the 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 1:00.24, swimming for New Zealand (born in San Francisco, but parents are from New Zealand).

The swimming competition of the World University Games will go on through Saturday, July 11.

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