Cal Men's Swimming Highlights at Day Three of Short Course Nationals

Dec. 5, 2009


The Cal men's swimming program wrapped up the 2009 AT&T Short Course National Championships Saturday night (Dec. 5) at the Weyerhaueser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash., with junior standout Nathan Adrian winning the 100 free with an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 41.80. Adrian, the 2009 NCAA champion in the 50 and 100 free, also helped the Golden Bears win the meet's final event, the 400 free relay, with a NCAA automatic qualifying time of 2:51.80 (Adrian, junior Graeme Moore, junior Josh Daniels, freshman Tom Shields).

Adrian ended the competition winning four events. On Thursday, he won the 50 free and helped Cal capture the 200 free relay along with Moore, junior Guy Barnea and Daniels.

Cal was well-represented in the 100 free Saturday. Not only did Adrian win, but former Bear sprinter William Copeland (2005-08) was second (42.59), Bennett Clark (2009) fourth (43.37), Moore fifth (43.56 NCAA B standard) and Daniels 11th (44.15 NCAA B standard).

Another former Cal swimmer excelled Saturday as well. David Russell (2006-09) won the 200 back in a time of 1:40.41. Current Bears Barnea (10th) and sophomore Mathias Gydesen (13th) both swam NCAA B standard times of 1:45.63 and 1:46.82, respectively.

In other Saturday event finals, senior Sean Mahoney placed fourth in the 200 breast (1:56.44 NCAA B standard) and sophomore Nolan Koon was fifth (1:59.06 NCAA B standard). Junior Nick Ferrif placed 11th in the 200 breast with an NCAA B standard 1:59.62. Sophomore Robert Sullivan qualified for the finals in the 200 fly, finishing eighth with an NCAA B standard 1:47.20, and freshman Ben Hinshaw placed 12 th in the 1650 free with an NCAA B standard 15:29.37.

The Bear divers finished their three-day competition Saturday at the Texas Invitational with sophomore Thomas Henninger placing seventh in the platform with a score of 236.30, and sophomore Bobby Sullivan finishing ninth with a mark of 195.45. Earlier, Henninger had placed seventh in the three-meter competition (321.30) and ninth in the one-meter board (262.70), while Sullivan was ninth in the three-meter (255.20) and 11th in the one-meter board (230.85).

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