No. 11 Cal Men's Swimming Finish in Fourth Place at the NCAA Championshi[s

March 29, 2008

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - The No. 11-ranked Cal men's swimming team had successful final day at the 2008 NCAA Championships, held at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way, Wash. The Golden Bears were paced by sophomore Sean Mahoney placing third in the nation in the 200 breast with a time of 1:54.65. Additionally, Cal finished third in the 400 free relay with a time of 2:50.87 (senior William Copeland, senior Jernej Godec, senior Joe Whittington, senior Dominik Meichtry). Senior Mark Eckert finished fourth in the 200 back with a time of 45.42. Copeland finished fourth in the 100 free after posting a time of 42.49. The Bears finished in fourth place with 332.50 points, trailing only Arizona (500.5), Texas (406) and Stanford (344).

Other third day results for Cal included junior David Russell placing tenth (1:42.70) in the 200 back to go along with Eckert's fourth place finish. Meichtry and Godec finished 11th and 12th respecitvely in the 100 free posting times of 42.88 and 43.18 to join Copeland's fourth place time. Freshman Martti Aljand finished sixth in the nation in the 200 breast (1:56.14) while fellow freshman Damir Dugonjic finished 16th with a time of 1:58.88.

On Friday, the 200 medley relay team of Ruseell, Dugonjic, Godec and Copeland placed third nationally with a school-record time of 1:24.50. The Bears' broke the former school record of 1:25.16 set in 2004.

Cal's top individual finish Friday was Dugonic's placing second nationally in the 100 breast with a mark of 52.61. Russell broke the 100 back school record with a time of 45.42 and finished in third place.

Other second day results for Cal included Aljand placing eighth (53.37) and Mahoney finishing 14th (53.60) in the 100 breast to go along with Dugonjic's national runner-up. In the 200 free, Meichtry was ninth with a time of 1:33.56, while fellow senior Louis Vayo was 12th in the 400 IM with a mark of 3:47.82.

On Thursday, the 400 medley relay team of Russell, Dugonjic, Godec and Copeland placed second nationally with a school-record time of 3:05.38. The Bears' 2008 squad topped the former school record of 3:07.31 set in 2004. Cal's 200 free relay of Copeland, Godec, senior Joe Whittington and freshman Graeme Moore placed third with a time of 1:16.94, third-best mark in school history.

Cal's top individual finish Thursday was Copeland placing fifth in the 50 free with a mark of 19.41, while Godec was sixth with a time of 19.46 and Whittington was 12th with a time of 19.66.

Other first day results for the Bears was Meichtry finishing 12th in the 500 free (4:18.61). In the 200 IM, Cal had three athletes earned honorable mention All-America honors. Aljand was 13th (1:45.80), Vayo was 15th (1:45.86) and Mahoney was 16th (1:46.60).

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