March 28, 2009
COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS - California sophomore standout Nathan Adrian won his second individual event of the 2009 NCAA Men's Swimming Championship, capturing the 100 free in an American record time of 41.08. On Thursday, the Golden Bear Olympic gold medalist won the 50 free in an American record 18.71. Another highlight for Cal in the final day of the NCAA meet was junior Sean Mahoney placing second in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 1:52.34. The Bears, under the direction of second year head coach David Durden, finished with 350 points to place fourth at the NCAA championships for the second year in a row. Auburn won the NCAAs with 526 points, followed by Texas (487) and Stanford (460.5).
Mahoney had set an NCAA record in the 200 breast with a 1:51.96 in the morning prelims, but was edged out by Neil Versfeld of Georgia (1:51.40) in the finals.
Other Saturday finishes for Cal included the 400 free relay team of Adrian, sophomore Graeme Moore, sophomore Josh Daniels and senior Bennett Clark placing third with a school record 2:47.61, topping the former Bear mark of 2:47.70 set by Duje Draganja, Milorad Cavic, Jonas Tilly and Rolandas Gimbutis in 2005.
Besides Mahoney's strong performance in the 200 breast, sophomore Martti Aljand was sixth in the event with a time of 1:53.68 and freshman Nolan Koon was seventh with a mark of 1:53.90. Koon had won the 2009 Pac-10 title in the 200 breast (1:54.22). Senior David Russell was 10th in the 200 back with a school record time of 1:40.36.
Joining Adrian as Bear national champion was sophomore Damir Dugonjic, who won the NCAA crown in the 100-yard breaststroke in an NCAA-record time of 50.86 on Friday.
The Bears had a pair of national runners-up on Friday as well. In the 100 backstroke, 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. 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.