Barbosa Wins 100 Breaststroke, Cal Wins Relay at Pac-10s

March 3, 2006

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - California senior Henrique Barbosa shattered the school record in winning the 100-yard breaststroke final and the Golden Bears swam a season-best time in winning the 400 medley relay on Friday night at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatics Center. With points added in from the one-meter springboard final from last week's Pac-10 Diving Championships, the third-ranked Golden Bears remain in second place at the 2006 championships with 539 points. Top-ranked Stanford, with 600 points, continues to lead for the second straight day.

Barbosa, who manned the second leg of the relay, swam a 52.90 in the breaststroke to break the record (53.31) set by former teammate Caleb Rowe when the latter was the runner-up in the 100 breaststroke at last year's Pac-10 Championships.

The Bears quartet of freshman David Russell, Barbosa, senior Milorad Cavic and junior Jonas Tilly swam a Cal season-best and automatic NCAA qualifying time of 3:08.87 to win the 400-freestyle relay. Russell's split, 47.09, was one one-hundredth of a second slower than his time in the 100 backstroke final, in which he swam a 47.08 to take second place. Stanford's Hongzhe Sun won the 100 back in 46.79.

Sophomore Dominik Meichtry added another second-place finish for the Bears, swimming an automatic NCAA qualifying time of 1:34.31 to finish behind Arizona's Simon Burnett (1:33.26), the defending NCAA champion in the 200 free.

Cal sophomore Jernej Godec turned in a pair of top six performances in Friday's finals. He was fourth (46.73, NCAA A) in the 100 butterfly and sixth (48.71, provisional NCAA B qualifying time) in the 100 back. Cavic was fifth (47.06, NCAA A) in the 100 fly, which was won by Arizona's Lyndon Ferns (46.43).

Bears senior Miguel Molina and sophomore teammate Louis Vayo were sixth (3:49.89, NCAA B) and seventh (3:50.69, NCAA B), respectively, in the 400 individual medley.

On Feb. 24 in the Pac-10 Diving Championships, also in Federal Way, Cal sophomore Javier Rivas was eighth, with a score of 271.85, and freshman teammate Sam Helvie was ninth (261.10) on the one-meter board.

The Pac-10 Championships continue on Saturday with the 11 a.m. preliminary races and end with the 6 p.m. finals.

Pac-10 Championships Team Standings
(Through 14 events)

1. Stanford 600
2. California 539
3. Arizona 370
4. USC 351
5. Arizona State 225
6. Washington 117

California Results from Day 3 Finals of the 2006 Pac-10 Men's Swimming Championships

400-Yard Individual Medley
6. Miguel Molina 3:49.89. 7. Louis Vayo 3:50.69. 13. Ian Lentz 3:54.80. 17. Michael Jafari 4:03.48.

100-Yard Butterfly
4. Jernej Godec 46.73. 5. Milorad Cavic 47.06. 7. Patrick O'Neil 47.27. 9. Jonas Tilly 48.03. 16. David Russell 51.93.

200-Yard Freestyle
2. Dominik Meichtry 1:34.31. 5. Garrett Wagner 1:35.48. 8. Daniel Lysaught 1:37.42.

100-Yard Breaststroke
1. Henrique Barbosa 52.90. 7. Graham Lentz 54.73.

100-Yard Backstroke
2. David Russell 47.08. 6. Jernej Godec 48.71. 7. Mark Eckert 49.01. 8. Chris Gibson 49.43. 10. William Copeland 49.89. 20. Matt Lyon 51.84. 21. Joe Whittington 52.92.

400-Yard Medley Relay
1. Cal A (David Russell, Henrique Barbosa, Milorad Cavic, Jonas Tilly) 3:08.87.

One-Meter Springboard (from last week's Pac-10 Diving Championships)
8. Javier Rivas 271.85. 9. Sam Helvie 261.10.

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