March 6, 2009
LONG BEACH, CALIF. - Cal's 400 medley relay team of senior backstroker David Russell, sophomore breaststroker Damir Dugonjic, sophomore butterflyer Graeme Moore and sophomore freestyler Nathan Adrian won the 2009 Pac-10 title in an NCAA record time of 3:03.30, topping the former mark of 3:04.07 set by Northwestern in 2007. After 14 events, the No. 6-ranked Golden Bears remain in second place behind top-ranked Stanford, 607.5-572. Defending 2008 national champion Arizona is in third place (421), followed by USC (269), Washington (216) and Arizona State (171.5).
Cal also added two more individual Pac-10 champions at the 2009 Pac-10 Men's Swimming Championships, held at the Belmont Plaza Pool in Long Beach. Dugonjic won the 100 breast with an NCAA record time of 51.41, while Adrian won the 200 free in a time of 1:32.98. Dugonjic bested the 2007 time of 51.56 set by Mike Alexandrov of Northwestern, who coincidentally was part of the team that held the 400-yard medley relay record until Friday.
The Bears had a pair of Pac-10 runner-ups as well. Russell finished second in the 100 back with a time of 46.35 and freshman Martin Liivamagi was second in the 400 IM with a mark of 3:43.55.
Other top finishes for Cal Friday included sophomore Guy Barnea placing fourth (47.00), junior Peter Davis fifth (47.32) and freshman Mathias Gydesen ninth (47.68) in the 100 back. In the 100 breast, sophomore Martti Aljand was third (52.40), freshman Nolan Koon fourth (52.60) and junior Sean Mahoney eighth (53.19). In the 200 free, senior John Foster finished eighth with a time of 1:35.32.
In the 100 fly, Moore finished third (46.40), Gydesen was seventh (46.79) and Davis was eighth (46.97). Sophomore Aaron Casey was fifth in the 400 IM with a time of 3:45.87.
"It was fun today." said Cal coach David Durden. "Damir was certainly big for us in both the 400 medley relay and the 100 breast, but I don't want to understate what Nathan accomplished as well. We made up some ground today (on Stanford), but we still have some more ground to make up, so we'll see how it all falls tomorrow."
The Pac-10 meet will conclude Saturday with the 200 back, the 100 free, the 200 breast, the 200 fly, the 1650 free and the 400 free relay. On Wednesday, the Bears won the Pac-10 200 medley relay title. On Thursday, Aljand added a title in the 200 IM and Adrian was the conference champion in the 50 free.