Nov. 11, 2003
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2003
Place: Avery Aquatic Center, Stanford, CA
Time: 2 p.m.
The California men's swimming team (2-0) heads across the Bay to visit Stanford for a triple distance meet. The meet features swimmers competing in all events of one stroke category. The swimmer with the fastest cumulative times of the events is crowned the winner of that stroke. No relay or team scoring is kept.
AT THE 2002 TRIPLE DISTANCE MEET
Cal hosted last season's triple distance meet against Stanford. The Bears captured two of six stroke categories winning the backstroke and sprint freestyle events. Alex Lim finished first in the backstroke category, with a time of 2:55.13 over three events, swimming the 50 (22.37), 100 (47.24) and 200 (1:45.52). Duje Draganja won the sprint freestyle category (2:42.93) with the leading times in all three events, 50 (19.91), 100 (44.04) and 200 (1:38.98).
SCOUTING THE CARDINAL
Stanford is ranked No. 2 in the latest edition of the CSCAA poll. The Cardinal, who finished third last season just above Cal at the 2003 NCAA Championships, boasts several swimmers that have won NCAA titles. Those championship title winners include the following seniors - Michael Bruce (breast/IM), Peter Marshall (back/fly/IM), Bobby O'Bryan (back/free/fly), Markus Rogan (back/IM/free) and Andrew Schell (free).
Capturing 10 of 16 events, the No. 4 California men's swimming team defeated No. 13 Hawaii, 184-111, last Friday evening in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Golden Bears' victory was bolstered by senior Alex Lim and junior Duje Draganja's two wins apiece. Lim won the 100 (47.13) and 200 back (1:46.35). In the 200 back, he was followed by three teammates. Senior Jeff Natalizio placed second (1:49.00), while junior Steve Rehrmann finished in third place (1:52.51) and senior Keith Vogelgesang in fourth (1:57.17). Led by Draganja's wins in both the 50 (20.24) and 100 free (44.01), the Bears dominated the sprint free events, as the Bears took the first though fourth places in the 50 and first through third spots in the 100 free. Senior Renato Gueraldi touched the wall in second in the 50 free (20.40), followed by sophomore Matt Lyon (20.68) and freshman Jonas Tilly (20.70). In the 100 free, freshman Rolandas Gimbutis took second (44.88), followed in third place by Gueraldi (44.95). Other Cal wins included sophomore Milorad Cavic's victory in the 100 butterfly (48.94), junior John Dorr's win in the 200 free (1:39.06) and freshman Daniel Lysaught captured the 1000 freestyle (9:05.27), while fellow frosh Patrick O'Neil turned in a first-place finish in the 200 fly (1:48.96). Cal also won the 200 medley (1:28.71) and 400 free relays (2:58.74).
BEARS RANKED 4TH IN FIRST POLL OF THE SEASON
In the first CSCAA (Collegiate Sports Coaches Association of America) poll this season, Cal is ranked No. 4. Last year, the Bears started the season ranked fifth and moved to No. 4 after defeating top-ranked Michigan. The team ended the regular season with its highest ranking at No. 3 before completing the year at No. 4 after the 2003 NCAA Championships. Here are the current rankings of the Top 5 teams in the nation:
Ranking (Votes) Team Last Year's NCAA Finish 1 (200) Auburn 1st (609.5 pts) 2 (188) Stanford 3rd (374 pts) 3 (186) Texas 2nd (413 pts) 4 (177) CAL 4th (329 pts) 5 (164) USC 5th (268 pts)
EXPERIENCED RETURNEES AND TALENTED NEWCOMERS IN '03-04
Cal will miss the experience and leadership of graduated seniors Joe Bruckart, Quentin Byma and Olympic gold medallist Anthony Ervin. However, this year's crop of returnees, along with 10 talented newcomers, are capable of continuing Cal's stature as one of the nation's elite teams. Seniors Alex Lim and Keith Vogelgesang are the 2003-04 team captains. Lim, an NCAA finalist in the 100 and 200 back and 100 fly last season, owns Cal's school records in both backstroke events. Jeff Natalizio is another senior on this season's team. Natalizio was an NCAA Championships qualifier. Juniors Duje Draganja, the NCAA 100 free champion, John Dorr, Brooks Jenkins, Steve Rehrmann, Caleb Rowe and Matt Schmelzer also return. Dorr and Rowe were also NCAA qualifiers last season. The Bears return a solid group of sophomores in Ricky Barbosa, Milorad Cavic, Chris Gibson, Evan Lane, Ryan Lean, Matt Lyon and Miguel Molina. Barbosa, Cavic, Lyon and Molina were NCAA qualifiers in their debut season, and Cavic etched his name into the school record book with Cal's fastest time ever in the 100 fly (46.10). Four of the 10 newcomers on this season's team hail from another country. Sprint freestylers in freshmen Rolandas Gimbutis (Lithuania) and Jonas Tilly (Sweden), and senior transfer Renato Gueraldi (Brazil), add depth to Cal's already strong sprint corps. Last year, Gueraldi held the fourth-fastest time in the country in the 50 free (19.41). Daniel Lysaught (Australia) will bolster Cal's distance free events. Blake Dickson (free), Eric Dunipace (free/back), Paul Hernandez (breast), Alexander Holdridge (fly/IM/free), Graham Lentz (breast) and Patrick O'Neil (fly) round out the newcomers.
Winning two titles (100 free/400 free relay) at the 2003 NCAA Championships, Cal finished fourth at the meet with 329 points. Duje Draganja (42.02) just edged runner-up and teammate Anthony Ervin (42.11) for the 100 free title. Ervin was a three-time NCAA champion in that event. The men's 400 free relay of Draganja, Milorad Cavic, Joe Bruckart and Ervin, posted the fastest time in Cal's history at 2:48.99. That time also set new NCAA and U.S. Open records. In all, last season's Golden Bears broke five school records (including the 400 free relay). The other four records included Alex Lim's mark in the 200 back (1:42.70), Cavic's 100 fly record (46.10), Bruckart's 200 IM record (1:44.30) and a new 400 medley relay record (Lim, Quentin Byma, Cavic, Ervin-3:08.68). At the Pac-10 Championships, Cal finished second (730.5 points) for the second consecutive year. Ervin and Bruckart completed their final Pac-10 seasons in style, each garnering two Pac-10 titles. Ervin proved to be the conference's top sprinter with championship victories in the 50 (19.28) and 100 (42.62) free, while Bruckart won the 200 IM (1:44.49). His victory in the 200 free (1:34.46) was the second-fastest time swam in that event in Cal history. Cavic also won an individual championship title, setting a new Pac-10 Championships record in the 100 fly (46.32). Ervin, Bruckart and Cavic, along with Draganja and freshman Matt Lyon also helped Cal to Pac-10 titles in the 200 (1:17.92) and 400 free relays (2:51.43). In the regular season, Cal nearly recorded a perfect dual meet record, until a 173-122 loss in its final meet against Stanford on Feb. 22. The 2002-03 squad finished 6-1 overall, 3-1 Pac-10.