Feb. 12, 2001
BERKELEY, CA -
Sat., Feb. 17 Stanford, Spieker Aquatics Complex, Berkeley, CA 1 p.m.
HEAD COACH NORT THORNTON: Nort Thornton, the 1999 Pacific-10 Coach of the Year, is in his 27th season as Cal's head men's swim coach. Thornton, the dean of the Pac-10 swimming coaches, has a career dual meet record of 194-76 (.719) with the Golden Bears and his squad finished fifth in the nation at the 2000 NCAA Championship. Thornton led Cal to back-to-back NCAA titles in 1979 and 1980.
BEAR NOTES: The No. 6 ranked California men's swim team, 5-0 overall and 3-0 in Pac-10 dual meets this season, will try to keep its undefeated record intact when the Bears host Bay Area rival Stanford, Saturday, Feb. 17 at 1 p.m. at Spieker Aquatics Complex.
Last season, Cal fell to the Cardinal, 137-106, at Stanford, and placed second to Cardinal at the Pac-10 Championship, 794-762. The Bears were also extremely close to Stanford at the 2000 NCAA Championship, with the Cardinal finishing fourth with 279.5 points, and Cal placing fifth with 279.0 points.
In the Bears last competition, they handily defeated No. 8 ranked USC, 168.5 to 128.5, Feb. 2 at Spieker Aquatics Complex. Cal won 10 of the meet's 16 events with five different swimmers winning individual events. The Bears were paced by sophomore Olympic gold medalist Anthony Ervin, who won both the 50 (19.82) and the 100 free (43.56), and swam the anchor leg on both of Cal's winning 400 medley and 400 free relays. Another double individual winner for the Bears was freshman Alex Lim, who was the backstroker on the wining 400 medley relay, as well as capturing the 100 (48.40) and 200 back (1:46.43). Junior Peter Aronsson won the 100 (55.72) and the 200 breast (2:01.34), freshman Karel Novy took the 200 free (1:38.25) and swam the butterfly leg of the winning 400 medley relay, and sophomore Nic Bartolotta won the men's three meter diving competition (310.275).
At this point of the season, Anthony Ervin has the nation's top collegiate time in the 100 free (43.10 NCAA automatic) and the second best time in the 50 free (19.57 NCAA automatic). Other Bears who have top collegiate times this season include Daniel Kim, with the nation's fifth best time in the 100 breast (55.14), and freshman Alex Lim with the nation's seventh best time in the 100 back (48.40) and 11th best time in the 200 back (1:46.43). Cal's 200 free relay is the third fastest in the nation (1:19.25), the 400 free relay is the third fastest in the nation (2:55.36 NCAA automatic), the 200 medley (1:29.41) and 800 free relays (6:37.69) are the fifth fastest in the nation, and the 400 medley relay is the sixth fastest in the nation (3:15.41).
NOTING STANFORD: Cal has a 13-89 all-time record against No. 3 ranked Stanford (7-0, 3-0 in Pac-10), falling to the Cardinal in the last meeting between the two schools, 137-106, Feb. 19, 2000 at Stanford. Stanford is led by senior Adam Messner and freshmen Markus Rogan and Michael Bruce. Messner, the defending NCAA champion in the 200-meter fly, has the nation's top time in the 200 free (1:35.90), while Rogan has the nation's top time in the 200 back (1:43.71) and Bruce has the nation's top time in the 200 breast (1:57.55).