March 2, 2005
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Top-ranked California took second place in the 200-yard medley relay and third in the 800-yard freestyle relay to earn a second-place tie with Arizona after Day 1 of the 2005 Pac-10 Swimming Championships held on Wednesday at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool. Stanford leads with 80 points followed by Cal and Arizona, with 66 points each. The Golden Bears swam automatic NCAA qualifying times in the day's only two races, with a 1:25.87 in the 200 medley relay and a 6:24.40 in the 800 free relay. The times were also Cal's best times of the season in both events.
In the 200 medley relay, Cal's A squad consisted of junior Milorad Cavic, senior Caleb Rowe, senior Duje Draganja and sophomore Jonas Tilly. Sophomore Rolandas Gimbutis led off the Cal A quartet in the 800 free relay with a 45.50, the fastest split of anyone in the race. Senior teammate John Dorr, freshman Dominik Meichtry and junior Miguel Molina followed Gimbutis.
Stanford won both races. The Cardinal also broke Cal's Pac-10 record of 1:25.16 in the 200 medley relay, set at the 2004 conference meet, by swimming a 1:24.82. Stanford won the 800 free relay in 6:18.71. Both times were automatic NCAA qualifying times. Arizona swam an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 6:23.91 to take second in the 800 free relay.
Action continues Thursday morning with the preliminaries, scheduled for 11 a.m. Finals follow at 6 p.m.
2005 Pac-10 Swimming Championships Team Rankings Through Event 2
1. Stanford 80 2. California 66 2. Arizona 66 4. Univ. of Southern California 60 5. Washington 56 6. Arizona State 26