No. 6 Cal routs Rebels, Tar Heels

Jan. 6, 2005

LAS VEGAS - The sixth-ranked California men's swimming & diving team (4-0) won 10 of 16 events and coasted to a win over host UNLV, 177.50-118.50, and a route of No. 14 North Carolina, 226-65, on Thursday afternoon at a meet at Buchanan Natatorium. With victory already decided, the Golden Bears officially sat out the last two swimming events, instead swimming them as exhibitions.

Bears senior Caleb Rowe won two events - the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 56.66 and the 200-yard breaststroke in a time of 2:03.96 - as did sophomore teammate Daniel Lysaught - the 200 freestyle (1:41.55) and the 500 free (4:30.25). Freshman diver Javier Rivas won both the 1-meter springboard (248.78 points) and 3-meter board (260.63) for the Bears.

Cal Olympians Milorad Cavic and Duje Draganja made triumphant returns, each winning an individual event and helping Cal's 200 medley relay team claim second place with a time of 1:32.50. Henrique Barbosa and Matt Lyon also swam on the Cal A team in the 200 medley relay. Cavic won the 100 backstroke in a time of 50.05, while Draganja won the 50 free in 20.56. Both Bears sat out the fall semester.

Freshmen John Foster, who took the 1000 free (9:30.69), and Joe Whittington, who won the 200 back (1:50.65), also had individual victories for Cal.

The Bears swam the 400 individual medley as an exhibition, though freshman Louis Vayo, who swam a 4:03.37, would have had the winning time. The Cal B team likewise would have won the 200 free relay, with a time of 1:22.03, but swam it as an exhibition.

'It was a good way to start the 2005 half of the season, as a full team,' Cal co-head coach Mike Bottom said. 'With the return of Cavic and Duje, and Patrick O'Neil and Mark Eckert, who came back after mono, we had four additions for the meet. It was a complete team effort.'

Eckert, who was third in the 200 back (1:52.99), missed a week of training and O'Neil, who had Cal's best finish in the 200 butterfly (2nd, 1:51.29), missed about two weeks of training.

The Bears return to action on Saturday, Jan. 8, hosting No. 9 Michigan in a 1 p.m. dual meet at Spieker Aquatics Complex in Berkeley.

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