Feb. 21, 2009
BERKELEY, CALIF. - The No. 6-ranked Cal men's swimming and diving team fell to No. 1-ranked Stanford, 153-109, Saturday, Feb. 21 at Spieker Aquatics Complex. The Golden Bears were led by sophomore Olympian Nathan Adrian, who captured the 100 and 200 freestyle, and junior Sean Mahoney, who won the 200 breast.
Cal dropped to 6-2 and 3-2 in the Pac-10 in dual meet competition, while the Cardinal improved to 8-0 and 5-0 in league. The highlights for the Bears were Adrian's two wins - a time of 42.87 in the 100 free and 1:37.02 in the 200 free. Earlier this season, Adrian swam the nation's fastest time in the 100 free with a mark of 41.83, set Dec. 6 at the Husky Invitational in Seattle. Adrian won a gold medal in Beijing this past summer after swimming in the prelims of the United States' 400-meter freestyle relay.
Cal was 1-2 versus Stanford in the 200 breaststroke as Mahoney, who placed third at the 2008 NCAA meet in the 200 breast, won with a time of 1:58.99. Bear freshman Martin Liivamagi finished second with a mark of 2:00.36. Cal also won the meet's final event, the 400 free relay. The Bears' team of Adrian, sophomore Josh Daniels, sophomore Graeme Moore and senior Bennett Clark clocked in a time of 2:54.05.
Cal will now prepare for the 2009 Pac-10 Swimming Championships, March 4-7 in Long Beach. Last season, the Bears placed second at the conference meet behind Stanford and went on to finish fourth at the NCAA championships.
"We are looking forward to a good Pac-10 championship meet to come," said Cal coach David Durden. "It is time for us to step back and re-focus on the Pac-10s. Dual meets are like playing three-on-three basketball, were as championship meets are like playing five-on-five basketball. It is a whole different ballgame."