Dec. 4, 2004
AUSTIN, Texas - California rode a solid performance on Saturday to take fifth place overall on the final day of the Texas Invitational held at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center. The No. 6-ranked Golden Bears finished with 414.50 points, while the host Longhorns won their annual meet with a total of 764.50 points. All four teams that wound up ahead of Cal are likewise ranked in the top 10 nationally: No. 8 Texas, No. 5 Arizona (702 points), No. 2 USC (497) and No. 9 Michigan (471).
Sophomore Rolandas Gimbutis had Cal's best performance today, taking third place in the 100-yard freestyle with an NCAA B qualifying time of 43.97. Swimming in the consolation final of the 100 free, fellow Bears sophomore Jonas Tilly took 10th-place overall with another NCAA B qualifying time (44.25).
Cal swimmers provisionally qualified for the NCAA championships in two more events, as sophomore Daniel Lysaught took fifth (15:17.68) in the 1650 free and junior teammate Henrique Barbosa finished seventh (2:00.27) in the 200 breaststroke
The Bears return to action at the Snow Flake Invitational on Jan. 3 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Also on Saturday in Athens, Ga., Cal senior diver Louie Gagnet finished third (534.75 points) and freshman teammate Javier Rivas finished 12th (399) on the three-meter springboard at the Georgia Invitational. With only the Cal men's divers competing in Athens, the Bears currently stand seventh out of eight teams with 37 points. The final day of the Georgia Invitational is tomorrow, Sunday, Dec. 5.
Texas Invitational Team Standings - Day 3 (12/04/04)
Place Team Points 1 Texas 764.50 2 Arizona 702 3 Southern California 497 4 Michigan 471 5 California 414.50 6 Wisconsin 323 7 Arizona State 322 8 Hawaii 161 9 TCU 132 10 Wyoming 112 11 SMU 53 12 UC Santa Barbara 30