Barbosa 3rd in 200 Breaststroke Prelim at NCAA

March 25, 2006

ATLANTA, Ga. - California senior Henrique Barbosa took third place in the 200-yard breaststroke preliminary race on Saturday afternoon at the NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Championships at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center. Barbosa swam a 1:55.97 to finish behind Alabama winner Vlad Polyakov (1:55.62). Golden Bears sophomore William Copeland also had a big day, qualifying for tonight's A final as part of Cal's 400-yard freestyle relay and for the B final of the 100-yard freestyle.

Cal is in sixth place at the NCAA Championships with 182.5 points. Arizona leads with 336.5 points.

The Golden Bears foursome of junior Jonas Tilly, sophomore Garrett Wagner, sophomore Jernej Godec and sophomore William Copeland took fifth place in the 400-freestyle relay in a time of 2:53.59 to qualify for tonight's A final. Arizona won the relay in 2:52.24.

Cal qualified three more swimmers for B finals tonight: sophomore Louis Vayo, who was 12th in the 200-yard backstroke (1:44.82); sophomore William Copeland, who was 11th in the 100-yard freestyle (personal record 43.13); and junior Patrick O'Neil, who was 14th in the 200-yard butterfly (1:46.21).

Auburn's Steven Segerlin won the platform prelim (428.40). No Cal divers qualified for the NCAA Championships.

The NCAA Championships conclude with the 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 3 Prelims of the 2006 NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Championships

200-Yard Backstroke
12. Louis Vayo 1:44.82. 19. Mark Eckert 1:45.74. 26. David Russell 1:47.68.

100-Yard Freestyle
11. William Copeland 43.13. 17. Jonas Tilly 43.49. 28. Garrett Wagner 44.08. 30t. Jernej Godec 44.15. 39. Matt Lyon 44.29. 46. Milorad Cavic 44.57.

200-Yard Breaststroke
3. Henrique Barbosa 1:55.97. 22. Miguel Molina 1:59.84. (Graham Lentz, DQ)

200-Yard Butterfly
14. Patrick O'Neil 1:46.21.

400-Yard Freestyle Relay
5. Cal (Jonas Tilly, Garrett Wagner, Jernej Godec, William Copeland) 2:53.59.

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