No. 3 Cal Takes on No. 2 Stanford, Pacific

Nov. 8, 2005

After the third-ranked California men swim at the Stanford Triple Distance Meet at 2 p.m. on Wednesday at Avery Aquatic Complex, the Golden Bears (2-0) host Pacific at 1 p.m. on Friday in their first home dual meet of the season at Spieker Aquatics Complex. There will be no diving at Stanford, but there will be diving on Friday vs. the Tigers. The Pacific competition includes a dual meet between the Cal and Pacific women.

The Triple Distance Meet is not a conventional competition, as neither team is declared the winner. Rather, swimmers win individual event categories - the sprint freestyle, the distance free, the butterfly, the backstroke, the individual medley or the breaststroke - by having the fastest combined time in three events in that stroke, such as the 50 freestyle, the 100 freestyle and the 200 freestyle. The two teams will also swim relays.

Cal moved up from sixth to third in the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) national top 25 rankings. Defending NCAA champion Auburn is No. 1 and Stanford is No. 2. With Arizona ranked fifth and USC eighth, the Pac-10 Conference has the most teams in the CSCAA's top 10.

ILLNESS, INJURY SIDELINE SCANLAN, WAGNERMilorad Cavic, who missed the tri-meet against Texas and Florida and the Pacific Tiger Invitational with back spasms, should compete at Stanford and against Pacific this week. Cal freshman Matt Scanlan (mono), who also missed the previous two competitions, is out this week along with sophomore teammate Garrett Wagner, who injured a hand last week in Stockton.

SCOUTING STANFORDStanford has loads of talent, including junior Hongzhe Sun, who won the 100-yard backstroke (49.46) and the 200 back (1:47.31) in Stockton. Sun, who attended the same high school (Iolani School in Honolulu, Hawaii) as Cal sophomore Mark Eckert, was also 21st in the 200 breaststroke and fifth in the 200 individual medley and swam the third legs on Stanford's runner-up 200- and 800-free relays. The Cardinal also features junior Ben Wildman-Tobriner, who won the 50-meter freestyle at last summer's U.S. National Championships. Wildman-Tobriner took third in the 100 free (45.91) and seventh in the 100 butterfly (51.63) in Stockton.

SCOUTING PACIFICPacific started the season with a 112-93 dual-meet win over Seattle University on Oct. 14 and then lost to Washington, 146-109, on Oct. 15 in Seattle, Wash. Zoldak won four events that weekend, taking the 200 IM (1:53.73) and the 200 fly (1:53.60) against Seattle and winning the 200 fly (1:52.23) and 100 fly (50.28) against the Huskies. Tigers sophomore Wojciech Betlej, from Mielec, Poland, won the 200 back (1:51.58) against Seattle and the 100 back (52.26) and 200 back (1:51.39) against Washington.

Pacific women's freshman swimmer April Woo also went to Iolani School with Cal's Mark Eckert.

Sixth-ranked California won three out of 10 events on Saturday, Oct. 29, and won its third straight Pacific Tiger Invitational at the Chris Kjeldsen Pool Complex on the campus of the University of the Pacific. Overall, the Golden Bears won six out of 17 events and scored 863.5 points to beat five other teams, including runner-up USC, to capture the two-day Invitational.

Cal junior Jonas Tilly won the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 45.66, sophomore teammate Jernej Godec won the 100-yard butterfly (48.77) and the Cal A squad won the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:25.25) on Saturday as the Bears beat the second-place Trojans (718) by more than 100 points. Stanford, which did not compete on Friday, was third (434).

Tilly, who won the 50 free (20.76) on Friday, was the only Bear to win multiple individual races in Stockton. Cal senior Henrique Barbosa added a runner-up finish in the 200 breaststroke (2:03.97), freshman teammate David Russell was second in the 200 backstroke (1:49.11) and sophomore teammate William Copeland was second in the 100 free (45.89) on Saturday.

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