No. 4 Cal Hosts No. 7 Arizona, No 13 Arizona State This Weekend
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Release:  01/21/2004

Jan. 21, 2004

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ROLLING STONES The California men's swimming team (2-0) hosts Arizona and Arizona State this weekend in the final home meets of the 2003-2004 season at 1 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday at Spieker Aquatics Complex. The Golden Bears will be on the road for the remaining four dual meets of the season. From there, they head to Long Beach, CA for the Pac-10 Championships March 4-6, before making a run at the national title in Long Island, NY, March 25-27.

CHEAPER THAN A TRIP TO ATHENS If you can't afford to go to Athens this summer, you ought to trek to Spieker Aquatics Complex. Several Golden Bears have already made their nation's Olympic teams while others are likely to qualify in the coming months. Sophomores Ricky Barbosa (Brazil), Miguel Molina (Phillipines), and Milorad Cavic (Serbia), junior Duje Draganja (Croatia), and senior Alex Lim (Malaysia), will all compete in this summer's Olympics Games. Other likely Olympians who are currently members of their national teams include freshmen Rolandas Gimbutis (Lithuania), Jonas Tilly (Sweden), and senior Renato Gueraldi (Brazil), as well as strength and conditioning coach Nick Folker (South Africa). In addition, alumni Nuk Sirisanont (Thailand), Joe Bruckhart (USA) , and Gordon Kozulj (Croatia) will be training with the Bears for the upcoming Olympic games. Entering the 2004 Olympics, Bear swimmers have captured a total of 28 Olympic medals, including 14 gold.

SCOUTING THE WILDCATS Arizona is ranked No. 7 in the most recent CSCAA poll. The Wildcats defeated Purdue and the University of Missouri in a tri-meet Jan. 9, when the men won 10 of 13 events in the pool. For more information, visit

SCOUTING THE SUN DEVILS Arizona State, ranked No. 13 nationally, most recently defeated Purdue Jan. 10, thanks in part to their four All-Americans. For more information, visit

SCORING OR NOT, BEARS PLAY TO WIN The Golden Bears opened their season with a win over Pacific, a first-place finish at the Pacific Invitational, and a win over Hawaii. Since then, they have performed well individually in three consecutive non-scoring meets. In the Stanford Triple-Distance on Nov. 12, the Golden Bears finished first in several events and Cal swept the Cardinal in the relays with its 400 yd medley relay team (Lim, Barbosa, Cavic, Draganja) and its 400 yd freestyle relay team (Gueraldi, Gimbutis, Matt Lyon, Tilly). At the Texas Invitational in Austin Dec. 4-6, the Golden Bears performed best in the relays where they took the 200 m free relay (Draganja, Gimbutis, Gueraldi, Tilly), 400 m free relay (Gimbutis, Draganja, Cavic, Tilly), 200 m medley relay (Natalizio, Caleb Rowe, Cavic, Tilly), and 400 m medley relay (Jeff Natalizio, Barbosa, Cavic, Tilly). The Bears defeated Texas' relay teams which won the NCAA championship last year. At the "Snowball Invitational" vs. Michigan in Colorado Springs, Colo., Cal had 11 event winners to Michigan's seven, including Barbosa (200 yd breast), Cavic (50 yd / 100 yd butterfly), John Dorr (100 yd IM), Lim (100 yd backstroke), Molina (200 yd individual medley), and Rowe (50 yd / 100 yd breaststroke).