Draganja Wins 100 Fly in Cal Record at NCAAs
March 25, 2005
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - California senior Duje Draganja broke the Golden Bears record in the 100-yard butterfly to win the first individual title for top-ranked Cal at the NCAA Championships held at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center on Friday night. Cal slipped from third to fourth place in the team standings, with 264 points, after Stanford (300) moved into second place behind leader and defending champion Auburn (338). Arizona (292) fell from second to third.
Draganja swam the 100 fly in a time of 45.39 to eclipse the old Cal mark of 45.44 set last year by teammate Milorad Cavic. Draganja's time also shattered the eight-year-old pool record. Cavic, a junior, won this year's 100 fly consolation final in a time of 46.56 to take ninth place overall.
To open the second night of finals, Cal won the 200 medley relay in the second-fastest time (1:25.30) in school history. The Bears - Cavic, junior Henrique Barbosa, Draganja and sophomore Rolandas Gimbutis - beat rival Stanford by just eight hundredths of a second to set a pool record and claim their second relay title of the national meet. The 1:25.30 is second only to the 1:25.16 the Bears swam last year.
Cal, which has won three overall titles in Minneapolis, won the 200 freestyle relay yesterday.
Junior Henrique Barbosa broke his own school record for the second time today by swimming a 53.45 to take fifth place in the 100 breaststroke final. Senior teammate Caleb Rowe won the consolation final in 53.79 to place ninth overall. Barbosa had swum a 53.54 in this morning's prelim to break the Cal-record time of 53.59 he swam last year.
In the 400 individual medley, Cal senior John Dorr finished third in the consolation final and 11th overall in a time of 3:49.40. USC's Ous Mellouli won the race in a pool-record 3:39.19. Freshman Dominik Meichtry swam Cal's fastest 200 freestyle in 17 years, with a 1:35.44, to take second place in the consolation final and 10th place overall. Meichtry's time is the fifth fastest in Cal history. Arizona's Simon Burnett won the 200 freestyle in a pool-record 1:33.28.
Dorr anchored Cal's 800 freestyle relay, which took seventh place in a time of 6:25.31. Bears junior Miguel Molina, Meichtry and freshman Garrett Wagner joined Dorr in the race. Florida won the relay in an NCAA meet and pool record 6:16.53.
Cal did not qualify anyone for tonight's finals in the 100 backstroke or three-meter springboard competition.
The final day of the NCAA Championships begins on Saturday with the 12 p.m. CT preliminaries.
2005 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships
Team Standings (Top 10)
1. Auburn 3382. Stanford 3003. Arizona 2924. California 2645. Florida 2026. Michigan 1677. Texas 1638. Northwestern 1379. Minnesota 12910. USC 123
California Results - Day 2
400-Yard Individual Medley
11. John Dorr 3:49.40.
10. Dominik Meichtry 1:35.44.
%Pool Record. +Cal Record.
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