With 3 Runner-Up Finishes, Cal in 2nd at Pac-10s

March 2, 2006

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - Third-ranked California posted three second-place finishes out of four events on Thursday night and dropped to second place on the second day of the Pac-10 Championships at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatics Center. Senior Milorad Cavic took second in a career-best time of 19.35 in the 50-yard freestyle and led off the second-place 200-yard freestyle relay for the Golden Bears. With the results from the Feb. 23 three-meter diving final from the Pac-10 Diving Championships added to the tally, Cal has 265 points to trail only first-place and top-ranked Stanford (320).

Cal was in a first-place tie with Arizona after two relays on Wednesday, the first day of the Pac-10 Championships.

In the first event on Thursday night, Cal sophomore Dominik Meichtry improved on his second-place preliminary time by swimming a career-best 4:15.89 in another runner-up finish in the 500 freestyle. The Swiss Olympian's time makes him the second-fastest Bear in the all-time record books, behind only Sean Killion's 4:15.45 the former Bear swam in 1989. Junior teammate Daniel Lysaught, like Meichtry, swam an automatic NCAA qualifying time (4:18.31) with his fourth-place finish. USC's Ous Mellouli swam a 4:14.21 to win the race.

Cal senior Miguel Molina took seventh place in the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:47.72, while sophomore Mark Eckert outdid his elder teammate, swimming a 1:47.38 to win the consolation final. Stanford took the top three spots in the 200 IM, with Hongzhe Sun winning with a 1:44.49.

There were three Bears in the 50 free final: Cavic was second (19.35, NCAA A), sophomore William Copeland was third (19:69, NCAA A) and junior Jonas Tilly was sixth (19.92). Stanford's Ben Wildman-Tobriner won the sprint (19.26).

The Cal A squad of Cavic, Copeland, Tilly and sophomore Jernej Godec was second in the night's final event, the 200-free relay, in a season-best time of 1:17.71 (NCAA A). Stanford won the relay (1:17.54).

Last Thursday, freshman Sam Helvie had Cal's best finish, ninth place, on the three-meter springboard with a score of 283.15.

The third day of the Pac-10 Championships begins tomorrow, Friday, with preliminary races at 11 a.m. The day's finals begin at 6 p.m.

Pac-10 Championships Team Standings
(Through 3 events)

1. Stanford 320
2. California 265
3. Arizona 191
4. USC 165
5. Arizona State 124
6. Washington 58

California Results from Day 2 Preliminaries of the 2006 Pac-10 Men's Swimming Championships

500-Yard Freestyle
2. Dominik Meichtry. 4:15.89. 4. Daniel Lysaught 4:18.31. 12. Garrett Wagner 4:24.30.

200-Yard Individual Medley
7. Miguel Molina 1:47.72. 9. Mark Eckert 1:47.38. 10. Louis Vayo 1:47.61. 13. Ian Lentz 1:48.65. 15. Patrick O'Neil 1:50.33. 16. Henrique Barbosa 1:50.48.

50-Yard Freestyle
2. Milorad Cavic 19.35. 3. William Copeland 19.69. 6. Jonas Tilly 19.92. 8. Jernej Godec 19.82. 10. Matt Lyon 20.04. 11. Joe Whittington 20:13.

200-Yard Freestyle Relay
2. Cal A (Milorad Cavic, William Copeland, Jonas Tilly, Jernej Godec) 1:17.71.

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