Cal Finishes Second At Pac-10 Championships

March 9, 2002

LONG BEACH, Calif. - The fourth-ranked California men's swimming and diving team finished second with 708.5 points at the 2002 Pac-10 Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday at Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool. Top-ranked Stanford won its 21st-straight conference meet with 918 points. Arizona was third with 616.5.

'We had some up and down sessions,' said Cal head coach Nort Thornton. 'This morning, there was kind of a lull. The guys seemed tired, but they came back tonight and fought hard. That's great the way they responded. Duje Draganja winning the 100 after Anthony (Ervin) missed the final was big. It's always nice to win the final relay.'

Cal freshman Duje Draganja won the only event for the Bears during the three-day competition. He entered the weekend with the nation's top time in the 100 freestyle (42.58) and lived up to his billing by winning the conference title in 42.82. The second-fastest time of the day was swam by his teammate, Anthony Ervin. Ervin, the 2001 Pac-10 champion in the event, surprisingly missed the cut for the championship final, but won the consolation final in 43.07.

The final night of competition began with USC's Erik Vendt defending his Pac-10 title in the 1650 freestyle in 14:44.22. His teammate Klete Keller was right behind him in 15:02.22.

Stanford swept the top three spots in the 200 backstroke, led by Markus Rogan in 1:40.79. Rogan also won the 400 IM yesterday. Cal's Alex Lim took fourth (1:42.85) in the event with the second-fastest time in school history.

The 200 breaststroke was a strong event for Cal as Bayani Flores (1:58.61) and Caleb Rowe (1:58.61) placed second and third, respectively, in NCAA consideration times. Stanford's Michael Bruce, who also won the 100 breaststroke, claimed top honors in 1:56.73.

Stanford's Dan Westcott won the 200 butterfly in an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 1:44.21. Cal's Joe Bruckart continued to swim well, finishing fourth in 1:45.33.

The Bears capped the evening by defending their Pac-10 title in the 400 freestyle relay with the fastest time in the nation (2:51.08). Cal's award-winning relay was comprised of Mattias Ohlin, Draganja, Matt Macedo and Ervin.

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Team Scores: 1. Stanford 918, 2. California 708.5, 3. Arizona 616.5, 4. USC 571, 5. Arizona State 400, 6. Washington 175.

Individual Events (Top 3 finishers):
1650 Freestyle: 1. Erik Vendt (USC) 14:44.22, 2. Klete Keller (USC) 15:02.22, 3. Matt Sorlein (Stanford) 15:10.78.

200 Backstroke: 1. Markus Rogan (Stanford) 1:40.79, 2. Peter Marshall (Stanford) 1:42.78, 3. Randall Bal (Stanford) 1:42.81.

100 Freestyle: 1. Duje Draganja (Cal) 42.82, 2. Roland Schoeman (Arizona) 43.18, 3. Nick Brunelli (ASU) 43.24. 200 Breaststroke: 1. Michael Bruce (Stanford) 1:56.73, 2. Bayani Flores (Cal) 1:58.61, 3. Caleb Rowe (Cal) 1:59.09.

200 Butterfly: 1. Dan Westcott (Stanford) 1:44.21, 2. Juan Veloz (Arizona) 1:44.95, 3. Jayme Cramer (Stanford) 1:45.25.

400 Free Relay: 1. California (Ohlin, Draganja, Macedo, Ervin) 2:51.08, 2. Stanford (Bal, Marshall, Guyman, Schnell) 2:51.85, 3. Arizona (La Fleur), Schoeman, Laessner, Jeffers) 2:54.54.

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