March 23, 2006
ATLANTA, Ga. - Third-ranked California took third place in the 200-yard freestyle relay final on Thursday night and the Golden Bears stand in sixth place after the first day of competition at the NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Championships at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center. Cal has 72 points, while defending NCAA team champion Auburn is in first place with 178.5 points.
"We swam a little bit better than in the prelims," Cal head coach Nort Thornton said. "We would like to be a little higher score-wise, but we did as well as we could. Being in sixth place, we've got our work cut out for us, but we'll get stronger as the meet goes on."
The Cal quartet of senior Milorad Cavic, junior Jonas Tilly, sophomore William Copeland and sophomore Jernej Godec swam a 1:16.72 to take third in the 200-free relay, which was won by Auburn in 1:16.15.
Cal sophomore Dominik Meichtry, the only Bear to compete in an individual A final tonight, took eighth place in the 500-yard freestyle in a time of 4:20.10. After the 200-free relay and 500 free, Cal led the field with 50 points.
Senior Miguel Molina had Cal's top finish in the 200-yard individual medley, taking 14th place with a time of 1:46.60. Cavic also took 14th place in the 50-yard freestyle in a time of 19.79.
The Day 1 events included one-meter diving. None of Cal's divers qualified for the NCAA Championships.
The three-day NCAA Championships continue tomorrow with preliminaries at 12 p.m. ET and finals at 7 p.m. ET.
NCAA Championships Team Standings
(top 10 teams through 6 events)
1. Auburn 178.5 points
2. Arizona 136.5
3. Stanford 132
4. Florida 97
5. Texas 82
6. California 72
7. USC 63
8. Northwestern 60.5
9. Georgia 52
10. Minnesota 50
California Results from Day 1 Finals of the 2006 NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Championships