No. 5 Cal Men's Swimming Enters Pac-10 Competition This Weekend
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  01/18/2000

Jan. 18, 2000


Fri., Jan. 21 vs. Arizona (meters), Spieker Aquatics Complex, Berkeley, CA 1 p.m.

Sat., Jan. 22 vs. Arizona State, Spieker Aquatics Complex, Berkeley, CA 1 p.m.

HEAD COACH NORT THORNTON: Nort Thornton, the 1999 Pacific-10 Coach of the Year, is in his 26th season as Cal's head men's swim coach. Thornton, the dean of the Pac-10 swimming coaches, has a career dual meet record of 186-74 (.715) with the Golden Bears and returns 25 letterwinners and seven All-Americans from a squad that finished fourth at the 1999 NCAA Championship.

BEAR NOTES: The 1999-00 Cal men's swim team (3-1) enters Pac-10 competition this weekend after capturing two dual meets over the Christmas holiday, defeating UC Santa Barbara, 124-76, Jan. 3 in Santa Barbara, and UNLV, 125-77, in a short course meters dual meet Jan. 5 in Las Vegas. Sophomore Peter Aronsson led the Bears against UCSB with wins in the 200 IM (1:55.29) and 200 breast (2:06.54). Other winners included sophomore Sean Gruver in the 200 free (1:43.14), senior Bart Kizierowski in the 50 free (20.52), senior Sean Cargin in the 200 fly (1:53.59) and freshman Scott Ciammaichella in the 500 free (4:38.50). Versus UNLV, the Bears won seven of the meet's 11 events with senior Ratapong Sirisanont and freshman Anthony Ervin winning two events apiece. Sirisanont won the 400 (3:55.58) and 800-meter freestyle (8:16.29), while Ervin captured the 50 (22.59) and 100-meter free (49.48). Other winners for Cal included Aronsson in the 200-meter IM (2:07.54) and sophomore Bruce Vogelgesang in the 200-meter back (2:04.78). The Bears also placed first in the 400-meter medley relay (3:41.97).

NOTING TEXAS INVITATIONAL: At the prestigious Texas Invitational, which took place Dec. 3-5 in Austin, TX, the Bears performed well. The invitational was not scored with team standings, but Cal had 16 different times that were NCAA consideration times and one NCAA automatic time. Individually, highlights for Cal included senior Kizierowski placing second in the 100-meter freestyle with an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 48.60. In the 200-meter breaststroke, the Bears placed first and second with Sirisanont's 2:12.79 and sophomore Andrew Chan's 2:14.94, both NCAA consideration times. Other top individual times included Chan placing third (1:01.64), Aronsson fourth (1:02.22), freshman Daniel Kim seventh (1:02.53) and Sirisanont 10th (1:02.52) in the 100-meter breaststroke with NCAA consideration times. In the relays, Cal excelled with a second place finish in the 400-meter freestyle relay (NCAA con. 3:17.10, Matt Macedo, Matt Burny, Lars Merseburg, Kizierowski) and fourth place finishes in the 200-meter freestyle relay (NCAA con. 1:29.75, Macedo, Scott Greenwood, Kizierowski, Merseburg), the 400-meter medley relay (NCAA con. 3:40.80, Macedo, Chan, Sakoda, Kizierowski) and the 200-meter medley relay (NCAA con. 1:40.13, Macedo, Chan, Kizierowski, Greenwood).

NOTING ARIZONA AND ARIZONA STATE: No. 3 ranked Arizona (4-0) last defeated Michigan, 174-126 (long course meters), Jan. 8 in Tucson. The Wildcats are led by 1999 NCAA Swimmer of the Year Ryk Neethling, the '99 NCAA champion in the 200, 500 and 1,650 free. Cal has a 15-3 all-time mark against Arizona, last winning, 138-103, Jan. 23, 1999 in Tucson. No. 12 ranked Arizona State (2-3) last fell to Tennessee, 132-108, Jan. 8 in Tempe, AZ. A top swimmer for the Sun Devils is Adam Guzauskas, who won the 200 breast (2:01.73) against the Volunteers. Cal has a 16-4 all-time mark against Arizona State, last winning, 136-101, Jan. 22, 1999 in Tempe.