Cal Men's Swimming Performs Well in Opening Day of Short Course Nationals

Dec. 3, 2009

FEDERAL WAY, WASH. - The California men's swimming team had an impressive first day at the 2009 AT&T Short Course National Championships, held at the Weyerhaueser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash. On Thursday (Dec. 3), the Golden Bears' 200 free relay team of juniors Nathan Adrian, Graeme Moore, Guy Barnea and Josh Daniels, placed first with a time of 1:18.13, while Adrian captured the 50 free with a mark of 19.08.

Cal also placed first and second in the 400 medley relay. The Bears' top squad of Barnea, sophomore Nolan Koon, Moore and Adrian won the race with a time of 3:11.00, and Cal's B Team of sophomore Mathias Gydesen, junior Nick Ferrif, freshman Tom Shields and Daniels swam a 3:13.65.

In the 200 IM, senior Sean Mahoney finished eighth with a time of 1:49.01 after swimming a 1:47.54 in the prelims. In the B Final sophomore Nolan Koon finished 16th with a time of 1:49.63, and junior Andrew Godbe swam a 1:48.77 in the C Final to place 19th.

Besides Adrian's win in the 50 free, the Bears showcased several other top freestyle sprinters. Former standout Will Copeland (2005-08) was third (19.47), recent grad Bennett Clark (2009) was fourth (19.78) and Moore was sixth (20.16). In the B Final Daniels was 13th (20.36) and Barnea 15th (20.45), and in the C Final sophomore Chris Rogers was 20th (20.77).

The Short Course Nationals continue Friday and Saturday with prelims beginning at 9 a.m. and finals beginning at 5 p.m.

The Bear divers are also competing this week. On Thursday at the Texas Invitational, junior Thomas Henninger was ninth in the one-meter competition after scoring 262.70 in the preliminaries, and sophomore Bobby Sullivan was 11th with a 230.85. The Texas Invitational continues Friday and Saturday.

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