No. 3 Cal Falls to No. 1 Stanford, 173-112
Feb. 22, 2003
The No. 3 University of California men's swimming team (5-1, 3-1) set new school and pool records and recorded several season-best times, but came up short falling, 173-112, to No. 1 Stanford (8-0-4-0) at Spieker Aquatics Complex in Berkeley this afternoon.
For Golden Bears, diver Nic Bartolotta, 2002 team captain Joe Bruckart, Quentin Byma and Anthony Ervin, this meet marked their final collegiate dual. The team members were honored for their career achievements at the beginning of the meet.
Cal's trio of freshman Michael Cavic, junior Alex Lim and sophomore Duje Draganja are the top butterflyers in the nation and Cavic helped show why, setting a new Cal school and Spieker pool record with his win in the 100 fly at 46.10. That time beats Lim's season-best of 46.76, which previously stood as the record. Draganja finished second in the 100 fly at 47.53.
The Golden Bears also set a new Spieker pool record in the 400 freestyle relay event. Cal's team of Cavic, Draganja, freshman Jens Thiele and Ervin, won the race in 2:54.02, smashing the previous record time, 2:57.55, set by a 1997 Stanford team.
The Bears garnered only four victories in the day's 15 events, but swam several impressive races. In addition to his runner-up finish in the 100 fly, Draganja won the 100 free in 43.41. Ervin finished second in the 100 free at 44.40. That time is an NCAA consideration qualifying time and Ervin is the three-time defending NCAA Champion in that event. He also notched a runner-up finish in the 50 free, posting a sub-20 second and season-best finish at 19.87. Others with second-place finishes included Lim with season-best times in the 100 back (46.63) and 200 fly (1:47.26), senior Quentin Byma in the 100 breast at 55.39 and freshman Ryan Lean in the 500 free (4:29.48) and with his best time of the season in the 1000 free (9:11.82).
Several other Bears posted season-best times, including sophomore Matt Schmelzer in the 1000 free (9:36.43), sophomore John Dorr in the 200 free (1:39.47), Thiele in the 50 free (20.39) and 100 free (44.60), freshman Matt Lyon in the 50 free (20.55), junior Keith Vogelgesang in the 200 fly (1:49.75), freshman Chris Gibson in the 200 back (1:47.72) and sophomore Brooks Jenkins in the 200 breast (2:02.17).
On the diving side, Bartolotta won the three-meter competition (317.925) and took second in the one-meter event (304.425). Junior Robbie Quinn placed fourth in the one-meter (278.7), while sophomore Nathaniel Dean finished fourth in the three-meter (275.4).
For the Cardinal, juniors Peter Marshall and Michael Bruce, sophomore Dan Trupin and senior Dan Westcott each set pool records. Marshall won the 100 back in a pool record time of 46.25, while Bruce set new Spieker records in the 100 breast (54.70) and 200 breast (1:58.40). Trupin set a new pool record in the 200 IM (1:45.98), as did Westcott in the 200 back (1:42.36).
The Bears now look forward to the upcoming postseason meets, first starting with the 2003 Pac-10 Men's Swimming Championships held in Long Beach, Calif., Mar. 6-8. The team then heads to the 2003 NCAA Men's Swimming Championships held in Austin, Texas, Mar. 27-29.
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