Aug. 14, 2000
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - California standout sprinter Anthony Ervin continued to perform well at the United States Olympic Trials in Indianapolis, IN, placing second in the semifinals of the 50-meter freestyle Monday night with a time of 21.92. Ervin trailed only Gary Hall, Jr., who set a USA Olympic Trials record with a mark of 21.91.
Ervin's Cal teammate, Matt Macedo, also swam well in the 50 free semifinal, placing sixth with a time of 22.52. Both Ervin and Macedo will now compete in the finals of the 50-meter free Tuesday night.
Earlier in the trials, Ervin qualified for the 2000 USA Olympic Team by placing fifth in the 100-meter freestyle at the Olympic Trials Sunday evening. The top six finishers in the 100 free qualify for the Sydney Olympics as potential members of the 4x100 relay. Ervin, who will be a sophomore at Cal next season, swam a time of 49.29.
Ervin joins breaststroker Staciana Stitts as Bear swimmers who have qualified for the 2000 Olympic Games. Stitts placed second in the 100-meter breaststroke last Friday. On Monday, Stitts placed sixth in the 200-meter breast with a time of 2:29.88.
During the past collegiate season, Ervin was named the 2000 Pac-10 Men's Swimming Newcomer of the Year when he won the NCAA 100-meter freestyle with a U.S. Open record time of 47.36. He also broke the world record and won an NCAA title in the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 21.21. The former world record was 21.31 set by Mark Foster of Great Britain in 1998. He became the first Bear swimmer to win more than one individual national title at an NCAA Swimming Championship since Matt Biondi in 1997.
Former Cal swimmer Ron Karnaugh, who competed for the Bears from 1988-89, finished fourth in the finals of the 200-meter individual medley Monday with a time of 2:02.91. Karnaugh had placed sixth in the 200 IM at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.
Results of the USA Olympic Swimming Trials can be found on www.usa-swimming.org.