March 3, 2011
LONG BEACH, CALIF. - The California men's swimming senior standout Nathan Adrian captured the Pac-10 title in the 50 free for the third year in a row and the Golden Bears won the 200 free relay during the second day of the 2011 Pac-10 Championships Thursday night (March 3) at the Belmont Plaza Pool in Long Beach.
Cal, which on Wednesday night won the 200 medley relay, currently trails Stanford, 323-251, in its bid to break the Cardinal's 29 straight years of winning the conference meet.
Adrian continued to show why he is the nation's premier college sprinter, winning the 50 free in a time of 19.00. He also swam the lead-off leg of the Bears' 200 free relay (Adrian, senior Graeme Moore, senior Josh Daniels, sophomore Tom Shields) that produced an NCAA automatic qualifying standard of 1:16.62, topping Stanford's 1:16.86.
Other highlights for Cal on day two of the conference meet was a second, third and sixth place finish in the 200 IM. Junior Martin Liivamagi was the Pac-10 runner-up in the event with an NCAA automatic time of 1:43.88, followed by freshman Marcin Tarczynski with a 1:44.47. Junior Nolan Koon was sixth in the 200 IM with a time of 1:46.16.
In the 500 free, junior Isaac Howell earned points for Cal with a sixth place finish in a time of 4:19.13. Senior Moore also provided points for the Bears with an eighth place finish in the 50 free in an NCAA consideration mark of 19.93
On Wednesday, the Cal squad of seniors Guy Barnea (backstroke), Damir Dugonjic (breaststroke), Moore (butterfly) and Adrian (freestyle) out-swam Stanford (1:25.42) to win the Pac-10 title in the 200 medley relay, while also topping the former Pac-10 meet record of 1:23.98 set by Cal in 2009.
Coming up for the Bears on Friday at the Pac-10 meet will be the 400 IM, the 100 fly, the 200 free, the 100 breast, the 100 breast and the 400 medley relay. Last season, Dugonjic won the conference title in the 100 breast, Shields won the league title in the 100 fly and Cal won the 400 medley relay.
Following the Pac-10 championships, the Bears will compete at the 2011 NCAA Championships, March 24-26, in Minneapolis, Minn. Last season, Cal was the national runners-up to Texas.