Barbosa Wins 100 Breaststroke Title at NCAAs

March 24, 2006

ATLANTA, Ga. - California senior Henrique Barbosa won the 100-yard breaststroke title in a school- and pool-record time and the Golden Bears compiled 182.5 points to remain in sixth place at the NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Championships on Friday night at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center. Barbosa, a product of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, swam a 52.52 tonight to break the previous Cal record of 52.90 he set when he won the 100-yard breaststroke title on March 3 at the Pac-10 Championships.

'What can you say - Ricky was great,' Cal head coach Nort Thornton said of his 2004 Brazilian Olympian. 'He was in third place at the last turn and just turned it on. It was an outstanding swim.'

Arizona, with 336.5 points, leads the field after the second day of the three-day championships. Defending NCAA champion Auburn is second (331.5), Stanford is third (244.5), Texas is fourth (220) and Florida is fifth (203).

To open the Friday finals session, Cal took third place in the 200-yard medley relay, with the foursome of senior Milorad Cavic, Barbosa, sophomore Jernej Godec and junior Jonas Tilly swimming a 1:25.37. Arizona won the relay in an NCAA-record 1:23.88. Cal's time puts this season's Bears third on Cal's all-time fastest 200-medley relays list.

Cavic returned to the pool to swim the final of the 100-yard butterfly, taking sixth place in a time of 46.56. Arizona's Lyndon Ferns won the race in 45.89.

The Bears got another third-place finish from sophomore Dominik Meichtry, who swam a personal-record 1:33.75 in the 200-yard freestyle final, while sophomore teammate Garrett Wagner was 12th in the 200 free in 1:35.46. Arizona's Simon Burnett won the race in 1:31.20 to break his own NCAA record. Meichtry's time puts him second on Cal's all-time fastest 200-free list, behind only Matt Biondi's 1:33.03 the former Cal star swam in 1987.

The Cal foursome of Meichtry, Wagner, senior Miguel Molina and sophomore Louis Vayo took ninth place in the 800-yard freestyle relay in a time of 6:25.49. Arizona won the relay in 6:16.67.

'Overall we had a much better night,' Thornton said. 'Dominik was great in the 200 free. Cavic was good. He swam the medley relay for us and did really well in the fly and had a big day.'

The night also featured the three-meter diving final, won by Georgia's Chris Colwill with a score of 460.95. No Cal divers qualified for the NCAA Championships.

The NCAA Championships continue with preliminaries at 12 p.m. ET tomorrow and conclude with tomorrow's 7 p.m. ET finals.

NCAA Championships Team Standings
(Top 10 teams through 14 events)

1. Arizona 336.5 points
2. Auburn 331.5
3. Stanford 244.5
4. Texas 220
5. Florida 203
6. California 182.5
7. USC 157
8. Northwestern 133.5
9. Michigan 132
10. Georgia 120

California Results from the Day 2 Finals of the 2006 NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Championships

200-Yard Medley Relay
3. Cal (Milorad Cavic, Henrique Barbosa, Jernej Godec, Jonas Tilly) 1:25.37.

100-Yard Butterfly
6. Milorad Cavic 46.56. 14t. Jernej Godec 47.14. 16. Patrick O'Neil 47.79.

200-Yard Freestyle
3. Dominik Meichtry 1:33.75. 12. Garrett Wagner 1:35.46.

100-Yard Breaststroke
1. Henrique Barbosa 52.52.

800-Yard Freestyle Relay
9. Cal (Dominik Meichtry, Garrett Wagner, Miguel Molina, Louis Vayo) 6:25.49

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