No. 6 Cal takes fifth place at Texas Invite

Dec. 4, 2004

AUSTIN, Texas - California rode a solid performance on Saturday to take fifth place overall on the final day of the Texas Invitational held at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center. The No. 6-ranked Golden Bears finished with 414.50 points, while the host Longhorns won their annual meet with a total of 764.50 points. All four teams that wound up ahead of Cal are likewise ranked in the top 10 nationally: No. 8 Texas, No. 5 Arizona (702 points), No. 2 USC (497) and No. 9 Michigan (471).

Sophomore Rolandas Gimbutis had Cal's best performance today, taking third place in the 100-yard freestyle with an NCAA B qualifying time of 43.97. Swimming in the consolation final of the 100 free, fellow Bears sophomore Jonas Tilly took 10th-place overall with another NCAA B qualifying time (44.25).

Cal swimmers provisionally qualified for the NCAA championships in two more events, as sophomore Daniel Lysaught took fifth (15:17.68) in the 1650 free and junior teammate Henrique Barbosa finished seventh (2:00.27) in the 200 breaststroke

The Bears return to action at the Snow Flake Invitational on Jan. 3 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Also on Saturday in Athens, Ga., Cal senior diver Louie Gagnet finished third (534.75 points) and freshman teammate Javier Rivas finished 12th (399) on the three-meter springboard at the Georgia Invitational. With only the Cal men's divers competing in Athens, the Bears currently stand seventh out of eight teams with 37 points. The final day of the Georgia Invitational is tomorrow, Sunday, Dec. 5.

Texas InvitationalTeam Standings - Day 3 (12/04/04)

Place Team Points1 Texas 764.502 Arizona 7023 Southern California 4974 Michigan 4715 California 414.506 Wisconsin 3237 Arizona State 3228 Hawaii 1619 TCU 13210 Wyoming 11211 SMU 5312 UC Santa Barbara 30