Cal fifth on first day of Texas Invitational

Dec. 2, 2004

AUSTIN, Texas - California won the 200-yard freestyle relay to help propel the No. 4-ranked Golden Bears men's swimming team to fifth place on the first day of the Texas Invitational held Thursday at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center. The Bears have 157 points, 12 points behind fourth-place Michigan. The host Longhorns currently lead with 266 points followed by Arizona (235) and USC (190).

The Cal A team won the 200 free relay in an NCAA B qualifying time of 1:20.14. The squad of sophomore Rolandas Gimbutis, sophomore Jonas Tilly, junior Matt Lyon and freshman Joe Whittington just edged USC's A squad, which swam a 1:20.20. Gimbutis later added a fourth-place showing (20.19) in the 50 free in another NCAA B qualifying time.

In the 400 medley relay, the Cal A team of junior Chris Gibson, sophomore Graham Lentz, freshman Dominic Cathey and freshman William Copeland placed eighth (3:18.47). Bears junior Miguel Molina won the consolation final of the 200 individual medley (1:48.68) while senior teammate John Dorr finished two spots behind him (1:49.65) and 11th overall. Both Molina and Dorr swam NCAA B qualifying times in the event.

Other Cal underclassmen had a good showing, as freshman Jernej Godec took 11th (49.25) in the 100 butterfly and freshman Louis Vayo finished 11th in the 500 free (4:28.68).

Day two of the Texas Invitational starts tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 3, with preliminaries beginning at 10 a.m. CST and finals starting at 6 p.m. CST.

Texas InvitationalTeam Standings - Day 1 (12/02/04)

Place Team Points1 Texas 2662 Arizona 2353 Southern California 1904 Michigan 1695 California 1576 Wisconsin 1267 Arizona State 908 Texas Christian 569 Wyoming 4010 Hawaii 2611 SMU 1612 UC Santa Barbara 15