March 28, 2010
COLUMBUS, OHIO -
Though the Cal men's swimming team faced a few bumps in the road this morning at the 2010 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships in Columbus, Ohio, the Golden Bears kept their hopes alive for a national title.
In the 200 yard backstroke, Cal junior Mathias Gydesen qualified in 11th with a time of 1:41.69, a personal best. He'll be Cal's lone scorer in this evenings finals. Senior Aaron Casey swam to a 22nd place 1:43.23 while junior Guy Barnea earned a mark of 1:43.76 for 24th place.
The 100 yard freestyle, like the other shorter distances, proved fruitful for Cal. Junior Olympic gold medalist and World Champion Nathan Adrian qualified first in his premier event with a pool record 42.01. Adrian is the American record holder and defending national champion. Junior teammate Graeme Moore qualified sixth with a time of 42.36, while junior Josh Daniels will swim in the consolation final after swim a ninth place 42.78.
After an excellent showing in the 100 breast last night, the Bears struggle a bit in the 200 breast. Cal Junior Martti Aljand was the only top 16 finisher for Cal. He swam a time of 1:54.07 to qualify in fourth. 100 breast champion junior Damir Dugonjic hit the wall in 17th (1:55.74), just one place away from a second swim tonight. Bear sophomores Martin Liivamagi and Nolan Koon were 19th (1:55.99) and 20th (1:56.16), while freshman Trevor Hoyt and junior Nick Ferrif were 22nd (1:56.61) and 23rd (1:56.99), respectively. Notably, senior Sean Mahoney, who took second in the 200 breast last year, was disqualified on his final turn. Mahoney swam a time that would have been in the top eight for tonight's final.
The last individual event of the morning brought another solid showing from Cal. Freshman standout Tom Shields qualified first in the 200 fly with a school and pool record of 1:41.77. Cal sophomore Robbert Sullivan qualified 14th for tonight's final in a personal best 1:44.38.
In relay preliminary action, the Bears squad of Adrian (42.94), Moore (42.74), Daniels (42.94) and Shields (43.14) qualified third in 2:51.76. Auburn and Texas swam times slightly faster than the Bears, while Kentucky and Stanford qualified in the fourth and fifth positions. In a meet that could come down to the this event, the Bear squad will be looking to claim it's fourth relay national title in hopes of catapulting itself to the national title.