Feb. 19, 2011
BERKELEY - It came down to the final relay, but the No. 1-ranked California men's swimming team was edged by No. 2 Stanford in the 400 free relay and fell, 124.5-118.5, Saturday (Feb. 19) at a rainy Spieker Aquatics Complex. Despite a stellar final leg by senior standout Nathan Adrian (41.51) in the 400 free relay, the Cardinal's Austin Staab touched just ahead of the Bears (2:53.97-2:54.05) to capture the race and the meet.
Cal's dual meet record dropped to 4-1 and 3-1 in the Pac-10, while Stanford improved to 7-0 and 4-0 in conference. The two teams will next compete at the 2011 Pac-10 championships, March 2-5, in Long Beach.
The Stanford-Cal dual meet went back-and-forth in the final two events. The Bears were down seven points before finishing 1-2-4 in the 200 breaststroke with junior Martin Liivamagi placing first (1:59.11), senior Martti Aljand second (1:59.59) and junior Nolan Koon (1:59.92) fourth. That gave Cal a slim 114.5-111.5 lead, but by virtue of the Cardinal's win in the 400 free relay, Stanford captured the Big Meet.
Besides Liivamagi's win in the 200 breast, other victors for the Bears were Adrian's wins in the 50 (19.24) and 100 free (42.80) and sophomore Tom Shields' win in the 200 free (1:35.98). Cal also won the opening race of the meet, the 400 medley relay, behind the swims of junior Mathias Gydesen, senior Damir Dugonjic, Shields and senior Josh Daniels (3:12.14).
Following the Pac-10 championships, in which Stanford has won 29 consecutive titles, the two teams will compete at the 2011 NCAA Championships, March 24-26, in Minneapolis, Minn. Last season the Bears were national runners-up to Texas, while Stanford placed fourth.