No. 4 Bears Head to Hawaii This Week

Nov. 4, 2003

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No. 4 Cal (1-0) Heads to No. 13 Hawaii This Week
Diving squad competes at USC Invitational

Date: Friday, November 7, 2003
Place: University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI
Time: 1 p.m.

The California men's swimming team (1-0) heads across the Pacific Ocean this week, to take on Hawaii Friday, Nov. 7 at 1 p.m. Also on tap this week is the USC Diving Invitational at which the Bears' men's diving squad, as well as Alyson Borawski and Lila Korpell, will compete. The invitational is Thursday-Friday, Nov. 6-7 in Los Angeles.

Recaps from this week's competitions can be found at Results will also be posted at Hawaii's ( and USC's ( websites, as well.

The Cal-Hawaii series history is a short one, as the Golden Bears and Rainbow Warriors have met only once. The result was a 55-40 Cal victory in 1985.

In the first CSCAA (Collegiate Sports Coaches Association of America) poll this season, Cal is ranked No. 4. Last year, the Bears started the season ranked fifth and moved to No. 4 after defeating top-ranked Michigan. The team ended the regular season with its highest ranking at No. 3 before completing the year at No. 4 after the 2003 NCAA Championships. Here are the current rankings of the Top 5 teams in the nation:

	Ranking (Votes)	Team	Last Year's NCAA Finish
1 (200) Auburn 1st (609.5 pts) 2 (188) Stanford 3rd (374 pts) 3 (186) Texas 2nd (413 pts) 4 (177) CAL 4th (329 pts) 5 (164) USC 5th (268 pts)

The University of California's men's swimming team last competed Oct. 17-18, winning the Pacific Invitational (1,196 points) in Stockton, Calif. Men's swimming teams from Cal State Bakersfield, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz and San Francisco State competed at the invitational, but only Cal and Pacific were scored under the Division I category. The Golden Bears were led by junior John Dorr who garnered three individual wins in the 200 free (1:41.61) and 200 (1:50.61) and 400 IM (3:59.55). Two other Bears - sophomores Chris Gibson and Ryan Lean - recorded two victories apiece at the invitational. Gibson won the 100 butterfly (51.64) and 100 backstroke (50.84), while Lean captured first place in the 500 (4:31.05) and 1650 free (15:47.43). Several other Cal swimmers also won races, including freshman Renato Gueraldi in the 50 free (20.41) and junior Duje Draganja in the 100 free (44.18), sophomore Ricky Barbosa in the 100 breast (56.43) and junior Caleb Rowe in the 200 breast (2:01.98) and junior Steve Rehrmann in the 200 fly (1:55.20). The Bears also won four of five relays. Cal's relay squads took first in the 200 (1:32.92) and 400 medley relays (3:19.84) and 200 (1:25.78) and 800 free relays (6:53.07). The Bears' 400 free relay notched a runner-up finish at 3:15.21.

The No. 13 Hawaii men's swimming team is 1-0 in dual meets this season, defeating Arizona State, 163-132, on Oct. 17, marking the first time the Rainbow Warriors had ever claimed a victory over the Sun Devils. Hawaii is led by four-time All-American breaststroker Cheyne Bloch. Other top swimmers for the Warriors include senior butterflier Kurt Boehm and sophomores - distance freestyler Andrew Affleck and backstroker Peter Thew.

Cal will miss the experience and leadership of graduated seniors Joe Bruckart, Quentin Byma and Olympic gold medallist Anthony Ervin. However, this year's crop of returnees, along with 10 talented newcomers, are capable of continuing Cal's stature as one of the nation's elite teams. Seniors Alex Lim and Keith Vogelgesang are the 2003-04 team captains. Lim, an NCAA finalist in the 100 and 200 back and 100 fly last season, owns Cal's school records in both backstroke events. Jeff Natalizio is another senior on this season's team. Natalizio was an NCAA Championships qualifier. Juniors Duje Draganja, the NCAA 100 free champion, John Dorr, Brooks Jenkins, Steve Rehrmann, Caleb Rowe and Matt Schmelzer also return. Dorr and Rowe were also NCAA qualifiers last season. The Bears return a solid group of sophomores in Ricky Barbosa, Milorad Cavic, Chris Gibson, Evan Lane, Ryan Lean, Matt Lyon and Miguel Molina. Barbosa, Cavic, Lyon and Molina were NCAA qualifiers in their debut season, and Cavic etched his name into the school record book with Cal's fastest time ever in the 100 fly (46.10). Four of the 10 newcomers on this season's team hail from another country. Sprint freestylers in freshmen Rolandas Gimbutis (Lithuania) and Jonas Tilly (Sweden), and senior transfer Renato Gueraldi (Brazil), add depth to Cal's already strong sprint corps. Last year, Gueraldi held the fourth-fastest time in the country in the 50 free (19.41). Daniel Lysaught (Australia) will bolster Cal's distance free events. Blake Dickson (free), Eric Dunipace (free/back), Paul Hernandez (breast), Alexander Holdridge (fly/IM/free), Graham Lentz (breast) and Patrick O'Neil (fly) round out the newcomers.

2002-03 RECAP
Winning two titles (100 free/400 free relay) at the 2003 NCAA Championships, Cal finished fourth at the meet with 329 points. Duje Draganja (42.02) just edged runner-up and teammate Anthony Ervin (42.11) for the 100 free title. Ervin was a three-time NCAA champion in that event. The men's 400 free relay of Draganja, Milorad Cavic, Joe Bruckart and Ervin, posted the fastest time in Cal's history at 2:48.99. That time also set new NCAA and U.S. Open records. In all, last season's Golden Bears broke five school records (including the 400 free relay). The other four records included Alex Lim's mark in the 200 back (1:42.70), Cavic's 100 fly record (46.10), Bruckart's 200 IM record (1:44.30) and a new 400 medley relay record (Lim, Quentin Byma, Cavic, Ervin-3:08.68). At the Pac-10 Championships, Cal finished second (730.5 points) for the second consecutive year. Ervin and Bruckart completed their final Pac-10 seasons in style, each garnering two Pac-10 titles. Ervin proved to be the conference's top sprinter with championship victories in the 50 (19.28) and 100 (42.62) free, while Bruckart won the 200 IM (1:44.49). His victory in the 200 free (1:34.46) was the second-fastest time swam in that event in Cal history. Cavic also won an individual championship title, setting a new Pac-10 Championships record in the 100 fly (46.32). Ervin, Bruckart and Cavic, along with Draganja and freshman Matt Lyon also helped Cal to Pac-10 titles in the 200 (1:17.92) and 400 free relays (2:51.43). In the regular season, Cal nearly recorded a perfect dual meet record, until a 173-122 loss in its final meet against Stanford on Feb. 22. The 2002-03 squad finished 6-1 overall, 3-1 Pac-10.

� Nine members of this season's squad were born in a country outside of the U.S., including Australia, Brazil, Croatia, Japan, Kuwait, Lithuania, Malaysia and Sweden.

� Bears swimmers have captured a total of 28 Olympic medals, including 14 gold.

HEAD COACH Nort Thornton
Nort Thornton, who was inducted into the CSCAA Hall of Fame last August, enters his 30th season as the skipper of the Cal men's swimming team. Thornton sports a career duel meet record of 206-80 (.720). He led the 2003 Cal squad to a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. At the NCAA's, Duje Draganja won the 100 freestyle, while the 400 free relay also won a championship title with the fastest time in NCAA history. In his 29 years at Cal, Thornton led Cal to back-to-back NCAA titles in 1979 and 1980, 24 NCAA Top-10 finishes and a stellar cast of All-Americans. He has an impressive collection of Olympians-including world record holder Matt Biondi, and Olympic gold medallist and three-time NCAA 100 free champion Anthony Ervin. Thornton has been National Coach of the Year twice and the Pac-10 Coach of the Year four times, most recently in 1999.

Cal's co-head coach Mike Bottom has established himself as one of the world's top sprint coaches. At the 2003 NCAA's, Duje Draganja won the 100 freestyle, marking the fifth consecutive year that Bottoms' sprinters have won NCAA championship titles in the 100 free. At the 2003 FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, Bottom coached athletes from seven different countries. In 2002, Bottom served as the official coach of the Croatian and Polish teams at the European Championships, and in 2001 Bottom served as a U.S. assistant coach at the FINA World Championships in Fukuoka, Japan. In 2000, for the first time in Olympic history, two men tied for the gold medal, and both were coached by Bottom (50m free-Anthony Ervin and Gary Hall, Jr.).

Tutoring both Cal's men and women divers for the 20th consecutive year is Phil Tonne, a former All-American diver at San Diego State. In 1991, Melissa Graviss became the first Cal diver to qualify for the NCAA Championship meet, earning All-American honors on the three-meter board. Graviss also qualified for the NCAAs in both the one and three-meter competition in 1992. Prior to coming to Cal in 1984, Tonne served in the same capacity at San Diego State from 1979 to 1984. Other coaching stints included a four-year stay at Palomar Junior College and Diablo Valley College in Concord. He currently also coaches a U.S. Diving Club Team in Walnut Creek, CA.

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