March 27, 2009
COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS - The California men's swimming team captured its second individual national title Saturday at the 2009 NCAA Men's Swimming Championships in College Station, Texas when sophomore Damir Dugonjic won the NCAA crown in the 100-yard breaststroke in an NCAA-record time of 50.86, out-touching Adam Klein of Auburn (51.80) and John Criste of Stanford (51.89). Dugonjic, from Ravne na Koroskern, Slovenia, joins Nathan Adrian as the Golden Bears' 2009 NCAA swimming champs. Adrian won the 50 free title in an American-record time of 18.71 on Friday. After 14 events, Cal has moved up one spot and sits in fourth place with 239 points, trailing only Texas (348), Auburn (342) and Stanford (298.5).
The Bears had a pair of national runners-up on Friday as well. In the 100 backstroke, senior David Russell placed second to Auburn's Kohlton Norys (45.26), but broke his own school record of 45.42 with a time of 45.30. Sophomore Guy Barnea finished eighth in the 100 back with a career-best 46.35. Cal's 200 medley relay team of Barnea, Dugonjic, sophomore Graeme Moore and Adrian finished second to Auburn (1:22.36) with an NCAA-record time of 1:22.50. It was a new school record, topping the 2008 team of Russell, Dugonjic, Jernej Godec and William Copeland's time of 1:24.50.
Other results for the Bears Saturday were junior Sean Mahoney placing fifth in the 100 breast with a time of 52.07, freshman Nolan Koon finishing 10th (52.62) and sophomore Martti Aljand placing 11th (52.63). Cal's 800 free relay team of senior John Foster, junior Peter Davis, junior Matt Scanlan and senior Bennett Clark was 10th with a time of 6:23.29.
On Saturday, the Bears will be competing in the 200 back, 100 free (where Adrian is the nation's top seed), the 200 breast, the 200 fly and the 400 free relay (where Cal is the nation's third seeded team).