Oct. 11, 2008
STOCKTON, Calif. - California defeated Pacific, 135-113, in a Saturday dual meet to open the 2008-09 season. The Golden Bears, under the direction of second-year head coach David Durden, won nine of 14 events against the Tigers to give Cal a 1-0 record. Pacific is 0-1.
The Bears won eight individual events, with sophomore Graeme Moore winning the 50- and the 200-yard freestyles in times of 20.67 and 1:44.26, respectively. Moore and Cal also claimed the first relay of the day - the 200-yard medley relay - in a time of 1:31.13. Moore led off the relay and was followed by sophomore and 2008 Olympian Damir Dugonjic, junior Matt Scanlan and senior Bennett Clark, a transfer from Missouri.
There was no diving.
"Guy Barnea did a fantastic job in the 100 butterfly and was good leading off our 200-medley relay," Durden said. "Graeme Moore did really nice job with a lot of things, and Matt Scanlan was very consistent, very disciplined, in a lot things we were having him do. It was good to see Bennett Clark get into the mix for us.
"But other than that, there were really not a heck of a lot of highlights. We have to knock off the rust and get back to the race mentality."
Barnea, a sophomore, would have easily won the 100 fly with his time of 50.00, but he swam the race as an exhibition. A 2008 Olympian for Israel, Barnea led off Cal's A quartet in the 200-medley relay, finishing second (1:33.32) to Moore and the Cal C relay.
The Bears' other individual winners were freshman Isaac Howell with a time of 9:43.84 in the 1000 freestyle, senior Ian Lentz in the 100 backstroke (52.75), Dugonjic in the 100 breaststroke (56.44), freshman Miller Douglas in the 200 fly (1:54.66), sophomore Nick Cordes in the 100 free (46.90) and Scanlan in the 200 back (1:54.59).
In the five Pacific wins, all the Bears swam exhibition races.
Cal boasts five total 2008 Olympians, including U.S. gold medalist and sophomore Nathan Adrian, sophomore Martti Aljand from Estonia and freshman Martin Liivamagi also from Estonia. Durden is easing his Olympians into competition after their long summer.
"We were careful with them today," Durden said. "With Martin Liivamagi, who is getting into collegiate racing for first time, we let him roll in the 400 IM, but most of the other Olympians swam shorter distances. But we still have to knock off the rust for everyone. There are just a handful of meets left in the fall. We will try to protect them but at same time get them in the position to race."
Liivamagi posted a time of 4:05.11 in the 400 individual medley.
Next on the schedule is a return trip to Stockton on Oct. 17, when the Bears compete in just one day of the two-day Pacific Invitational.
Cal Results vs. Pacific
200-Yard Medley Relay
1. Cal C (Graeme Moore, Damir Dugonjic, Matt Scanlan, Bennett Clark) 1:31.13. 2. Cal A (Guy Barnea, Martti Aljand, Marti Liivamagi, Josh Daniels) 1:33.32. 3. Cal D (Chris Rogers, Tim Freeman, Kevin Nielsen, Dana Foster) 1:37.17. 4. Cal E (Ian Lentz, Troy Nissen, Miller Douglas, Alex Cushing) 1:37.51.