Men's Swimming in Top Ten at NCAAs
At the end of a very competitive day 2 at NCAA's, Cal still finds itself hanging on to a top 10 position with Cal's strongest day yet to come. Another gutsy performance was turned in by Dan Lindstrom in the prelims of the 100 fly with a time of :46.95. Lindstrom reset his own team record and sustained Cal's hopes by breaking into the evening finals with a shot at more team points. The 200 medley relay team of Gaggero, Claytor, Lindstrom, and Kizierowski furthered the team's effort with a performance of 1:28.55, good enough to send Cal into the Consolation final at night where it would look to move up and add some points along the way.
At night, Cal came through again. Associate Head Coach, Mike Bottom put the evening in perspective when he said, "School records just keep falling!"
The Bears capitalized in the consolation finals with a school record breaking performance in the 200 medley relay ( Lindstrom, Claytor, Kizierowski, and Kozulj) of 1:27.91. Cal moved up to 9th in the event. The swim represents the 4th team record broken in the last two days. Lindstrom followed up the relay with a :47.24 and 8th place in the finals of the 100 fly. The 800 free relay team of Merseburg, Lindstrom, Kozulj, and Sikora posted Cal's best time of the season with a 6:31.52 and an 11th place finish. All the more impressive when considering that Merseburg lead off the relay after feeling ill most of the day.
The Bears ended the evening with a two day total of 99 points and are currently 10th. They scored more points in the first two days than they did during all of last year's NCAA championship. Tomorrow begins the 3rd and last day of the meet with Cal looking to prove that they are back and worthy of a top 10 national ranking.
Other results of the day include:
400 IM Bart Sikora 3:54.39 22nd
Nuk Sirisanont 3:55.22 25th
100 fly Will Moore :49.29 39th
100 breast Christian Claytor :55.26 19th
100 back Gordon Kozulj :48.44 21st