Jan. 19, 2005
BERKELEY, CA -
Jan. 21 at Arizona, Hillenbrand Aquatic Center, Tucson 1 p.m. Jan. 22 at ASU, Mona Plummer Aquatic Center, Tempe 1 p.m.
BEARS OPEN PAC-10 DUAL MEET SCHEDULE IN ARIZONA No. 4-ranked California (6-0), fresh off of capturing the Dallas Morning News Classic, face a pair of challenging Pac-10 dual meets, travelling to No. 5 Arizona (4-1, 1-1 in Pac-10) Friday and Arizona State Saturday. The Bears feature a talented 200 and 400 free relay team of junior Milorad Cavic, senior Duje Draganja, sophomore Rolandas Gimutis and freshman Jernej Godec, which won both relays at the Dallas Morning News Classic, and has the nation's fourth-best time in the 200 free relay (1:20.14). Cal also has sophomore Henrique Barbosa, who owns the nation's third-best time in the 100 breast (54.06) this season. Arizona has an outstanding freestyler in junior Lyndon Ferns, the nation's leader in the 100 free (42.57), 200 free (1:32.22) and 100 fly (46.04). Arizona State junior David Kolozar was a top performer at last week's Dallas Morning News Classic, winning the 200 fly (1:47.79) and placing third in the 100 fly (50.52). Last season, Cal defeated Arizona (169-118) and Arizona State (166-128) at Spieker Aquatics Complex.
CAL IN THE POLLS Cal is ranked No. 4 in the latest CSCAA national poll and No. 6 in the CollegeSwimming.com national poll.
LAST TIME OUT The Bears won four of nine events on the second day of the Dallas Morning News Classic to fend off No. 2 Florida and capture the title at the Perkins Natatorium, Jan. 14-15. Cal defeated the Gators, 352-313, in the six-team event. Host Southern Methodist finished third (293), followed by Arizona State (248), Florida State (236) and Texas A&M (232). The Bears' 400 yard freestyle relay team of Cavic, Draganja, Gimutis and Godec established a new meet record of 2:55.30 in opening the second evening with a Cal victory. The team later swam to victory in the 200 yard freestyle relay. Their time of 1:19.92 nearly clipped the meet record (1:19.86). The Bears also received victories from Caleb Rowe in the 200 yard breaststroke (2:01.67) and Draganja in the 100 yard freestyle (43.70). Cal won five events Friday, beginning the meet with a victory in the 400-yard medley relay as the team of Cavic, Rowe, Draganja and Gimbutis finished in 3:16.11, almost four seconds ahead of runner-up SMU. Gimbutis later took the Jerry Heidenreich Memorial 200 free in 1:37.48, beating ASU's Jeff Barrett by exactly two seconds. Other Bear winners included Draganja in the 50 free (20.33) and 100 butterfly (47.88), and Rowe in the 100 breaststroke (56.06).
2004-05 RECAP BEARS UPEND MICHIGAN Cal won nine of 16 events to defeat No. 9 Michigan, 169-129, in a dual meet on Saturday, Jan. 8, at cold and rainy Spieker Aquatics Complex. Junior Miguel Molina starred for the Bears, winning the 200-yard breaststroke in a NCAA B qualifying time of 2:00.76 and winning the 200-yard freestyle (1:39.08). Molina also earned points for Cal with a third-place finish in the 400 individual medley, edging Alex Vanderkaay, 3:57.09-3:57.11. Cavic, in only his second meet of the season, swam an impressive 48.26 to win the 100 butterfly. His time was a NCAA B qualifying time and is Cal's best time in the event this season. Cavic also swam a NCAA B qualifying mark with a second-place finish (48.84) in the 100 backstroke. Sophomore Patrick O'Neil won the 200 fly in 1:48.13. O'Neil's mark is Cal's top time in the 200 fly this season.
CAL REPEATS AT TIBURON MILE Daniel Lysaught led the Golden Bears to a repeat performance as the college team champion in the Tiburon Mile on Sept. 19 in Tiburon. The Australian swam the best time among college men, with a 20:43, and took seventh-place overall in the race, which spanned one nautical mile from San Francisco Bay to downtown Tiburon. The Bears won the team title with 103 points.
BEARS MAUL FLORIDA STATE Cal opened the 2004-05 college season with a 171-127 victory over No. 24 Florida State on Oct. 22, at Spieker. Cal won 11 of the 14 events. Diver Louie Gagnet, a former Seminole who won the one- and three-meter springboard events, was the only Bear to win multiple events. He scored 346.20 points, a school record, on the one meter and 337.425 on the three meter. In another competition with FSU on Oct. 23, Gagnet set a school record (590.10) for an 11-dive three-meter event.
BEARS WIN UOP'S SPEEDO INVITATIONAL Cal won 15 events and repeated as champion of Pacific's Speedo Invitational, with a total of 1,181 points, Oct. 29-30 in Stockton, Calif. Several Golden Bears had outstanding swims, including freshman Louis Vayo, the meet's top scorer, with 67 points. The product of Placentia, Calif., who was fourth in the 500 freestyle and fourth in the 200 individual medley on Day 1, won the 400 IM in 3:58.83 and was second in the 200 butterfly (1:55.70) on Day 2 of the meet, which was swum in short course yards.
GODEC, MOLINA WIN THREE EVENTS EACH VS. ROADRUNNERS Cal won 16 of 19 events in a non-scoring meet with Cal State Bakersfield on Nov. 6 at Spieker. Two Bears won three individual events - Godec won the 50 butterfly (22.51), the 100 fly (50.36) and 200 fly (1:55.67) and junior Molina won the 100 IM (52.26), the 200 IM (1:51.66) and the 400 IM (3:55.68). John Dorr, Gimbutis and freshman Dominic Cathey each won two events, at the meet, which was swum in short course yards. Dorr owned the middle- and long-distance freestyle events, winning the 500 (4:40.86) and 1000 (9:54.34). Typically a freestyler, Gimbutis won the 100 back (52.36) and 200 back (1:55.11). Cathey won his first two events of the season, taking the 100 breaststroke (59.80) and 200 breaststroke (3:55.68).
BEARS EXCEL AT STANFORD'S TRIPLE DISTANCE MEET Cal won four out of six categories and split the relays with No. 2 Stanford at the Triple Distance Meet held at Stanford's Avery Aquatics Center on Wednesday, Nov. 17. John Dorr won the IM category with a combined time of 6:40.28. Rolandas Gimbutis won the sprint freestyle category, with a combined time of 2:43.42. Henrique Barbosa took the breaststroke category in a combined time of 3:25.35. Daniel Lysaught won the distance free in a combined time of 15:30.11. The Cal A team won the 400 free relay (2:58.52), while Stanford won the butterfly, the backstroke and the 400 medley relay (3:19.49).
NEWCOMERS LEAD ROUT OF TIGERS Cal throttled Pacific, 158-86, in a dual-meet on Saturday, Nov. 13 at Spieker Aquatics Complex. The Golden Bears collected all 158 points through the first 10 events and swam the final four races as exhibitions. Underclassmen won eight of the 12 individual events. After the freshmen-dominated Cal A team of Mark Eckert (freshman), Henrique Barbosa (junior), Jernej Godec (freshman) and Joe Whittington (freshman) won the 200 medley relay in a time of 1:32.67, freshman John Foster won the 1000 free in 9:21.56.
CAL FIFTH AT TEXAS INVITATIONAL Cal rode a solid performance to take fifth place at the Texas Invitational held at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center Dec. 2-4. The Golden Bears finished with 414.50 points, while the host Longhorns won their meet with 764.50 points. The Cal A team won the 200 free relay on the first day in an NCAA B qualifying time of 1:20.14. The squad of sophomore Rolandas Gimbutis, sophomore Jonas Tilly, junior Matt Lyon and freshman Joe Whittington just edged USC's A squad, which swam a 1:20.20. Gimbutis later added a fourth-place showing (20.19) in the 50 free in another NCAA B qualifying time. In Athens, Ga., Cal senior diver Louie Gagnet finished third (534.75 points) on the three-meter springboard, fourth (289) on the one-meter board and fifth (434.70) on the platform Dec. 3-5 at the Georgia Invitational.
CAL OPENS 2005 WITH ROUT OF REBELS, TAR HEELS Cal won 10 of 16 events and coasted to a win over host UNLV, 177.50-118.50, and a rout of No. 14 North Carolina, 226-65, on Thursday, Jan. 6, in Las Vegas. Golden Bears senior Caleb Rowe won two events - the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 56.66 and the 200-yard breaststroke in a time of 2:03.96 - as did sophomore Daniel Lysaught - the 200 freestyle (1:41.55) and the 500 free (4:30.25). Freshman diver Javier Rivas won both the 1-meter springboard (248.78 points) and 3-meter board (260.63) for the Bears.
Cal Olympians Milorad Cavic and Duje Draganja made triumphant returns, each winning an individual event and helping Cal's 200 medley relay team claim second place with a time of 1:32.50. Henrique Barbosa and Matt Lyon also swam on the Cal A team in the 200 medley relay. Cavic won the 100 back in a time of 50.05, while Draganja won the 50 free in 20.56. Both sat out the fall semester.
HEAD COACH Nort Thornton Nort Thornton, who was inducted into the ASCA (American Swimming Coaches Association) Hall of Fame in September of 2002, enters his 31st season as the director of the California men's swimming team. Thornton, the dean of all Pac-10 swimming coaches, led the 2003-04 Golden Bears to a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Championships. A true indication of Thornton's success is the fact that Cal has finished in the Top 10 nationally in 25 of the 30 years he has been at the helm of the Golden Bears' program. In addition, Thornton has led the Bears to two national championships - back-to-back titles in 1979 and 1980 - and produced a stellar cast of All-Americans. The veteran coach has an impressive 213-81 career dual-meet record, has been National Coach of the Year twice and has been the Pac-10 Coach of the Year four times, most recently in 1999.
CO-HEAD COACH Mike Bottom California co-head swim coach Mike Bottom, now in his eighth season in Berkeley, has established himself as one of the world's top sprint coaches. Last season, he and head coach Nort Thornton directed Cal to a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Championships. Under his tutelage, Duje Draganja has become one of the top sprinters in the world. The Croatian took silver in the 50 freestyle, behind Gary Hall Jr., another Bottom-coached swimmer, at the 2004 Athens Olympics and more recently won bronze in the 50 butterfly at the 2004 World Championships. Bottom has also worked with Milorad Cavic, who, with Draganja, finished 2-3 in the 100 fly at the 2004 NCAA Championships.
DIVING COACH Ron Kontura Ron Kontura was hired Aug. 10, 2004, to take California's diving program to the world-class level. Kontura brings a decade of elite club and collegiate experience to Berkeley. Kontura was both the diving coach and director of business operations of Nadadores Diving in Mission Viejo, Calif., from 2002-2003. Kontura earned his Master's in Business Administration from Illinois State University in 1999 and his Bachelor's in Business Administration from Ohio University in 1991.