Fourth-Ranked Men's Swimming Falls to No. 2 Stanford, 169-131
Feb. 10, 2007
BERKELEY - The fourth-ranked California men's swimming team could not muscle past No. 2 Stanford on a rainy afternoon in Berkeley. The Cardinal got the best of the Golden Bears defeating Cal 169-131, Saturday at Spieker Aquatics Center.
The Bears quickly got out in front with a first-place finish in the 200 medley relay. The squad of David Russell, Richard Hunter, Jernej Godec and William Copeland won the event with their time of 1:25.88, edging Stanford's second-place team (1:26.60) by 1.28 hundredths.
Dominik Meichtry won his fifth 200 free title of the season, edging teammate freshman Nathan Adrian (1:34.51), by 1.2 hundredths, winning 1:34.51. Meichtry, however, could not hold off the nation's leading time-holder Stanford's Shuan Phillips in the 500 free, as Phillips edged Meichtry (4:21.36) to win the race with his time of 4:19.81.
Also on his senior day, Patrick O'Neil put on the jets to win his last Cal dual meet 200 fly with his time of 1:44.98. Matt Scanlan (1:47.82 - fourth) and Justin Pollard (1:48.41 - fifth) were also in the race.
Copeland also finished second in the 100 free with his time of 43.45. Adrian (43.78) and Joe Whittington (44.07) finished third and fourth, respectively.
In the 200 back, Russell finished second, as he did in the 100 back, with his time of 1:44.27. Eckert finished fourth after posting 1:44.72 in the race.
Godec won his fourth 100 fly of the season, after being clocked at 47.06 in today's race. O'Neil finished third with his time of 47.69.
Louis Vayo finished the 200 IM second with his time of 1:48.21, as Eckert finished behind Vayo in third (1:49.07).
In the last event of the mee Cal finished second in the 400 free relay. The group of Adrian, Copeland, Godec and Meichtry finished the race at 2:53.51.
Because of the meet coinciding with the Pac-10 Diving Championships, the Cal men's divers dove against Stanford during the women's Cal-Stanford match-up on Feb. 3. Sophomore sensation Sam Helvie won the one-meter with his mark of 329.70. However he finished second on the three-meter with his mark of 342.67.
The Cal swimmers will gear up next for the Pac-10 Championships, starting on Feb. 21-24 in Federal Way, Wash.
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