Cal Swims at Pacific Tiger Invitational

Oct. 25, 2005

BERKELEY, Calif. -

THIS WEEK:Fri.-Sat., Oct. 28-29, at the Pacific Tiger Invitational in Stockton, Calif., All Day

The California men's swimming team (2-0) will look to win its third straight Pacific Tiger Invitational this Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28-29, at Chris Kjeldsen Pool in Stockton, Calif. There will be no diving competition at the Pacific Tiger Invitational.

Cal senior All-American Milorad Cavic (back spasms) and freshman teammate Matt Scanlan (mono) will likely sit out the Pacific Tiger Invitational. Both also missed the tri-meet against Texas and Florida last weekend.

Pac-10 powers Cal, Stanford and USC head the Pacific Tiger Invitational's Division I field, which includes host Pacific (1-1), Denver (0-1) and UC Davis (1-0). Division II teams Seattle University and UC Santa Cruz will also compete.

Stanford and USC, both of which take on Cal in dual meets in February, represent the biggest challenges for the Bears this week. The Cardinal, the defending Pac-10 champion and NCAA Championships runner-up, features junior Ben Wildman-Tobriner, who won the 50-meter freestyle at last summer's U.S. National Championships. Wildman-Tobriner won the 100-yard free (45.93) to help Stanford (1-0) defeat Washington, 111-94, on Oct. 14 in Seattle. Junior Shaun Phillips won the 200 (1:41.91) and 500 (4:35.97) freestyles as Stanford won seven of 11 events.

The Pacific Invitational is USC's first action of the season. The Trojans, who finished ninth at the NCAA Championships last March, boast a talented lineup that includes 2004 Olympians Larsen Jensen (USA) and Ous Mellouli (Tunisia). Jensen, a junior who won the silver medal in the 1500-meter free in Athens, is the defending 1650 free NCAA champion, while Mellouli, a Tunisian Olympian in his final year at USC, is the defending 400 individual medley NCAA champion.

California won 11 out of 20 events, including four of five relays, to win a two-day tri-meet against Texas and Florida on Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center. Cal defeated the host Longhorns, 208-162, and the Gators, 247-123. The meet was a good early season test for the Golden Bears, who last faced Florida and Texas at the 2005 NCAA Championships last March in Minneapolis, Minn., where Florida finished fifth, behind fourth-place Cal, and Texas was seventh.

Junior Jonas Tilly and freshman teammate David Russell were the only Bears to win multiple events, with two each. Tilly won the 100-yard freestyle in an NCAA B qualifying standard time of 44.44 on Friday and won the 50 freestyle in a time of 20.37 on Saturday. Russell won the 100 backstroke in a time of 49.28 on Saturday after taking the 200 backstroke (1:46.28, NCAA B qualifying time) in the first individual race of his college career on Friday.

Other Cal individual winners included senior Miguel Molina in the 200 individual medley (1:48.99), junior Patrick O'Neil in the 200 butterfly (1:48.63) and sophomore Jernej Godec in the 100 fly (48.25). The Bears won four out of five relays: the 200- and 400-freestyle relays and the 200- and 400-medley relays. They took second in the 800-free relay.

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