No. 4 Cal Hosts Pacific
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  02/08/2000

Feb. 8, 2000

BERKELEY, Calif. - The 1999-00 Cal men's swim team (5-2) has a non-conference meet this week versus Pacific (originally scheduled at Pacific) at Spieker Aquatics Complex. In the Bears last competiton, they fell to No. 6 ranked USC, 128-115 (short course meters), Feb. 4 in Los Angeles. Highlights for Cal in the USC meet included senior Bart Kizierowski winning the 100-meter free (49.25) and the Bears going 1-2-3 in the 200-meter breast with senior Ratapong Sirisanont (2:12.96), sophomore Andrew Chan (2:13.70) and sophomore Peter Aronsson (2:14.89). Cal also won the 400-meter free relay with senior Lars Merseburg, freshman Joe Bruckhart, freshman Anthony Ervin and sophomore Matt Macedo (3:20.46). In diving action, freshman Nicolas Bartolotta won the one-meter competition (423.10) and senior Joe Kocal won the three-meter competition (416.60). On Jan. 22 against Arizona State, Cal's 200 free relay team of Kizierowski, Matt Macedo, Scott Greenwood and Ervin set a new Spieker Aquatics Complex record with a time of 1:19.90, breaking the old mark of 1:22.99 set on Feb. 7, 1997 by the Bears.

THIS WEEK: Wed., Feb. 9 vs. Pacific, 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 188-75 (.715) with the Golden Bears and returns 25 letterwinners and seven All-Americans from a squad that finished fourth at the 1999 NCAA Championship.

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 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, Macedo, Matt Burny, Lars Merseburg, Kizierowski) and fourth place finishes in the 200-meter freestyle relay (NCAA con. 1:29.75, Macedo, Greenwood, Kizierowski, Merseburg), the 400-meter medley relay (NCAA con. 3:40.80, Macedo, Chan, Hiro Sakoda, Kizierowski) and the 200-meter medley relay (NCAA con. 1:40.13, Macedo, Chan, Kizierowski, Greenwood).

NOTING PACIFIC: Pacific (5-8) last competed Jan. 25 at Stanford, falling to the Cardinal, 118-82. The Tigers are led by junior Piotr Florczyk, who has Pacific's top times in the 100 back (51.70), 200 back (1:49.56), 200 fly (1:54.22), 200 free (1:40.84), 500 free (4:32.65), 1650 free (16:30.25), 200 IM (1:53.84) and 400 IM (4:02.99). Cal has a 56-6 all-time mark against Pacific, last defeating the Tigers, 151-107, Jan. 27, 1999 in Stockton.