Cal Sets 200 Free Relay Record at NCAAs

March 24, 2005

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Top-ranked California set a new 200-yard freestyle relay record at the NCAA Championships, swimming a 1:15.78 on Thursday night, the first night of finals at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. The time set a new NCAA record, NCAA meet record, U.S. Open record, pool record and school record for the Golden Bears, who stand in third place. Senior Duje Draganja led off the relay for the Golden Bears, followed by sophomore Rolandas Gimbutis, sophomore Jonas Tilly and junior Milorad Cavic.

After Day 1 of the NCAA Championships, Cal, with 126 points, sits behind leader Auburn (172) and second-place Arizona (130).

Auburn, which had set the old NCAA and U.S. Open mark of 1:16.09 last year, came in second in the 200 free relay this year, with a 1:16.00. Stanford, which had held the old NCAA meet record (1:16.49) and the old pool record (1:16.93), was fourth (1:17.46).

Draganja, Gimbutis and Cavic had little time to rest, as they also competed in the finals of the 50 freestyle and the 400 medley relay tonight. Draganja, the 2004 Croatian Olympian, set a school record with a second-place finish in the 50 free, in a time of 19.01, behind Auburn's Fred Bousquet (18.90). Draganja's time beat the mark set by former teammate Anthony Ervin (19.05) in 2002. Also in the 50 free, Gimbutis was fifth (19.31), Cavic won the consolation final and was ninth (19.41), and Tilly was fourth (19.68) in the consolation final to finish 12th overall.

The Bears took fifth place (3:08.54) in the 400 medley relay. Cavic led off for Cal, followed by senior Caleb Rowe, Draganja and Gimbutis. Stanford set a pool record (3:06.45) to win the race.

Cal senior John Dorr finished sixth in the 200 individual medley in a time of 1:45.67. Florida's Ryan Lochte won the event in a time of 1:41.71, which set new NCAA, NCAA meet, U.S. Open, American and pool records.

Day 2 preliminaries begin at noon CT tomorrow.

2005 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships

Team Standings (Top 10)1. Auburn             1722. Arizona            1303. California         1264. Stanford           1205. Florida             866. Northwestern        697. Minnesota           658. Georgia             629. Michigan            5810. Southern Cal       52

California Results - Day 1 Finals

200-Yard Freestyle Relay1. California (Duje Draganja, Rolandas Gimbutis, Jonas Tilly, Milorad Cavic) 1:15.78**^#%+.

200-Yard Individual Medley6. John Dorr 1:45.67.

50-Yard Freestyle2. Duje Draganja 19.01+. 5. Rolandas Gimbutis 19.31. 9. Milorad Cavic 19.41. 12. Jonas Tilly 19.68.

400-Yard Medley Relay5. California (Milorad Cavic, Caleb Rowe, Duje Draganja, Rolandas Gimbutis) 3:08.54.

**NCAA Record. ^NCAA Meet Record. #U.S. Open Record. %Pool Record. +Cal Record.

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