Cal Men's Swimming Opens 2001-02 Season at Pacific Invitational

Oct. 19, 2001


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Fri.-Sat. Oct. 19-20 at Pacific Invite, Chris Kjeldsen Pool, Stockton, CA All Day

BEARS TRAVEL TO PACIFIC INVITE: The Cal men's swim team will begin the 2001-02 season at the seven-team Pacific Invitational. The Bears, who feature 2000 Olympic gold medallist and 2001 World Champion Anthony Ervin, will compete against swimmers from Stanford, Pacific, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, CS Bakersfield and San Francisco State.

2000-01 RECAP: Last season, the Bears were 5-1 in dual meets, finished third at the Pac-10 meet and placed eighth at the NCAA Championships (191 points). Cal has now finished in the Top 10 nationally 22 of the 27 years it has been coached by Nort Thornton.Highlights at the 2001 NCAA Championships for the Bears was Anthony Ervin repeating as the NCAA champion in the 100 free, equaling an NCAA, American and U.S. Open record with a time of 41.80. Ervin tied Cal legend Matt Biondi, who had set the 100 free record in 1987. Ervin was not able to repeat as the NCAA champion in the 50 free (Ervin won the NCAA title in the 50-meter free in 2000), swimming a time of 19.23 and placing second to Stanford's Anthony Robinson (19.15). Matt Macedo placed 10th in the 50 free with a time of 19.84. Macedo also finished eighth in the 100 free (43.66).The Bears were solid in the relays as well. Cal's 400 free relay team of Macedo, Maciej Burny, Scott Greenwood and Ervin placed second with a time of 2:52.12. The Bears 200 free relay placed fourth with a time of 1:18.02 (Macedo, Frank Uxa, Greenwood, Ervin), and the 400 medley relay (3:12.42 Macedo, Peter Aronsson, Alex Lim, Ervin) and 200 medley relay (1:27.21 Macedo, Aronsson, Lim, Ervin) placed sixth. Cal actually established a new school record in the 200 medley relay in the prelims with a time of 1:27.04.Other top individual NCAA finishes included Lim placing ninth in the 200 back (1:43.63), Joe Bruckart finishing 10th in the 200 free (1:36.37) and Aronsson was 13th in the 100 breast (54.64).

ANTHONY ERVIN: Cal junior Anthony Ervin has already established himself as one of the world's top sprinters. Ervin captured the first gold medal for the United States at the World Swimming Championships this past summer in Fukuoka, Japan. The 2000 Olympic gold medallist in the 50 free, Ervin won the 50-meter freestyle at the 2001 World Championships in a time of 22.09 over Pieter van den Hoogenband of the Netherlands (22.16). He then upset van den Hoogenband and Australia's Ian Thorpe to win the 100-meter freestyle in a time of 48.33. Ervin's time of 48.33 broke the American record of 48.42 set by Bear legend Matt Biondi in 1988.

HEAD COACH NORT THORNTON: Nort Thornton, the 1999 Pacific-10 Coach of the Year, is in his 28th season as Cal's head men's swim coach. Thornton, the dean of the Pac-10 swimming coaches, has a career dual meet record of 194-77 (.716) with the Golden Bears and his squad finished eighth at the 2001 NCAA Championship. Thornton led Cal to back-to-back NCAA titles in 1979 and 1980.

NOTING THE OPPONENTS: Cal will be facing swimmers from only one other Pac-10 school, Stanford, at the Pacific Invitational. The Cardinal will only be competing on Saturday. In 2001, Stanford finished first (844.5 points) at the Pac-10 Swimming Championships and placed second (457.5) at the NCAA Championships.


Name Events Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown (Last School)ARONSSON, Peter BR/IM 6-1 180 Sr. Hasselby, Sweden (Blackeberg Gymnasium)BARTOLOTTA, Nic DIV 5-10 150 Jr. Rancho Santa, CA (Torrey Pines HS)BRUCKART, Joe FR/FLY 6-2 175 Jr. Jamul, CA (Valhalla HS)BURNY, Maciej FR 6-5 210 Sr. Warsaw, Poland (Mission Viejo HS)BYMA, Quentin IM/BR 6-1 175 Jr. Vista, CA (Rancho Buena Vista HS)CHAN, Andrew BR/IM 5-7 185 Sr. North York, Ontario, CanadaCHUTZ, Noah DIV 5-6 135 Fr. Boulder, CO (Boulder HS)DEAN, Nathaniel DIV 5-9 165 Fr. Martinez, CA (Alhambra HS)DORR, John FR/IM 6-1 160 Fr. Lafayette, CA (Las Lomas HS)DRAGANJA, Duje SP FR 6-5 160 Fr. Split, Croatia (Vladimir Nazor School)ERVIN, Anthony SP FR 6-2 165 Jr. Valencia, CA (William Hart HS)FLORES, Bayani BR/FLY 6-0 175 Sr. Alameda, CA (Diablo Valley JC)GRUVER, Sean FR 6-1 200 Sr. Nevada City, CA (Nevada Union HS)HALL, Richard FR 6-0 180 Jr. Phoenix, AZ (Brophy HS)HOLSMAN, Trent SP FR 6-4 210 Jr. Concord, CA (Ygnacio Valley HS)JENKINS, Brook BR/FR 6-6 205 Fr. San Ramon, CA (California HS)KIM, Daniel BR 5-10 165 Jr. Irvine, CA (Irvine HS)LANE, Evan SP FR 6-4 185 Fr. Visalia, CA (Redwood HS)LIM, Alex FLY/BK 5-7 160 So. Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia (The Bolles School)MACEDO, Matt FR/BK 6-2 180 Sr. San Jose, CA (Leland HS)MESSMER, Matt SP FR 6-1 170 Fr. Woodside, CA (Menlo School)NATALIZIO, Jeff BK 5-10 165 So. Santa Ana, CA (Irvine HS)OHLIN, Mattias FLY/BK 6-4 190 Sr. Trelleborg, Sweden (Soperslatt GymnasiumQUINN, Robbie DIV 5-8 160 So. Laguna Hills, CA (Laguna Hills HS)RECH, Richard DIV 5-10 155 Fr. Danville, CA (San Ramon HS)REHRMANN, Steve FR/FLY 6-2 200 So. Los Altos Hills, CA (St. Francis HS)ROWE, Caleb BR 6-1 190 Fr. Wailuku, Maui, HI (H.P. Baldwin HS)SAKODA, Hiro FLY 5-9 155 Sr. Fullerton, CA (Sunny Hills HS)SCHMELZER, Matt DIS FR 6-2 160 Fr. Portland, OR (Lakeridge HS)SOUTHWICK, Ryan DIV 6-0 150 So. Simi Valley, CA (Royal HS)UXA, Frank FR/BK 6-4 180 Jr. Mission Viejo, CA (Santa Margarita HS)VOGELGESANG, B. FR/BK 6-0 185 Sr. San Ramon, CA (California HS)VOGELGESANG, K. IM/BK 6-2 175 So. San Ramon, CA (California HS)WILKINSON, G. DIS FR 6-2 180 Sr. Merchantville, NJ (Haddonfield Memorial HS)

Head Coach: Nort Thornton (28th year)Co-Head Coach: Mike Bottom (5th year)Diving Coach: Phil Tonne (18th year)Volunteer Assistant Coach: Ben Sheppard (1st year)

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