Cal Defeats No. 1 Michigan

Jan. 11, 2003

The No. 4 University of California men's swimming team defeated the No. 1 team in the country, Michigan, 129-114 today at Spieker Aquatics Complex in Berkeley. The Golden Bears trailed to the Wolverines, 105-102 with just two events left, but pulled through to earn the victory.

Michigan won seven of the individual events to Cal's four, but the Bears took both relay events. Cal's sprinters showcased why they are the best in the nation, as the Bears swept the top five spots in the 50 free and the top three places in the 100 free. Freshman Michael Cavic won the 50 free (20.34), while senior Anthony Ervin placed second (20.75), sophomore Evan Lane finished third in 20.98, junior Matt Lyon fourth in 21.07 and freshman Jonathan Hubbard fifth in 21.42. Sophomore Duje Draganja won the 100 free (43.53), with freshman Jens Thiele as the runner-up (45.05) and senior Joe Bruckart placed third in 45.26.

Other Bears with individual wins included sophomore Caleb Rowe's victory in the 200 breast (2:00.98) and senior Nic Bartolotta's win in the one-meter diving competition (332.33). Bartolotta finished second in the three-meter competition at 198.60.

Cal's 200 medley relay team of junior Alex Lim, senior Quentin Byma, Draganja and Ervin won the event in 1:29.03, a finish that was over four seconds faster than Cal's runner-up team of junior Jeff Natalizio, freshman Henrique Barbosa, sophomore Keith Vogelgesang and Lyon (1:32.56). The Bears boast the fastest 400 free relay team in the country in Thiele, Ervin, Cavic and Draganja, who won the event with a 2:58.29 finish.

The Bears host the Cal Invitational next weekend, Jan. 18-20. Several members of the team will compete at the Dallas Morning News Invitational in Dallas, Texas, Jan. 17-18. Cal opens Pac-10 competition on the road at Arizona State Jan. 24.

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