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No. 1 Cal Places Second at Pac-10 Championships
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  03/05/2005

March 5, 2005

LONG BEACH, Calif. - No. 1 California placed second on Saturday at the 2005 Pac-10 Swimming and Diving Championships with 882 points, easily ahead of third-place USC (579), at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool. Stanford claimed the conference crown with 932.5 points.

Senior Duje Draganja led Cal by claiming the 100 freestyle in a time of 42.30 on the heels of also winning the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly earlier in the week. Cal sophomore Rolandas Gimbutis was the runner-up in the 100 free in 42.54. Draganja, Gimbutis and Jonas Tilly (43.29) all swam NCAA qualifying marks tonight.

Cal set a Pac-10 meet record in winning the 400 freestyle, clocking in at 2:49.77 to break the previous meet record of 2:49.85 set in 2000 by the Bears. Tonight, Cal led off with Gimbutis, followed by Tilly, Draganja and Milorad Cavic.

The 200 breaststroke was also a strong event for the Bears with senior Caleb Rowe leading the way in second with a time of 1:55.86, and junior Henrique Barbosa placing third in 1:56.34. Both athletes posted NCAA qualifying times. Cal junior Miguel Molina took fourth in 1:57.97.

Freshman Mark Eckert finished second in the 200 backstroke in an NCAA consideration time of 1:44.46 to earn 17 points for the Bears. Freshman Louis Vayo placed sixth in 1:45.20 (NCAA consideration), and junior Chris Gibson took eighth in 146:64 (NCAA consideration) in the final of the event.

Sophomore Patrick O'Neil added a third-place showing in the 200 butterfly (1:44.51) for Cal.

The Bears conclude their season at the NCAA Championships March 24-26 in Minneapolis, Minn.

Team Scores 1. Stanford 932.5, 2. Cal 882, 3. USC 579, 4. Arizona 450, 5. ASU 311.5, 6. Washington 224.

Cal Results

1650 freestyle: 6. Dominik Meichtry 15:19.65, 7. Daniel Lysaught 15:20.53, 9. John Foster 15:27.76, Michael Jafari DNF, Ryan Lean DNF.

200 backstroke: 2. Mark Eckert 1:44.46, 6. Louis Vayo 1:45.20, 8. Chris Gibson 1:46.64, 12. Jernej Godec 1:48.82.

100 freestyle: 1. Duje Draganja 42.30, 2. Rolandas Gimbutis 42.54, 5. Jonas Tilly 43.29, 11. Evan Lane 44.41.

200 breaststroke: 2. Caleb Rowe 1:55.86, 3. Henrique Barbosa 1:56.34, 4. Miguel Molina 1:57, 10. Graham Lentz 2:00.54.

200 butterfly: 3. Patrick O'Neil 1:44.51, 7. Milorad Cavic 1:46.33, 10. John Dorr 1:46.47.

400 freestyle relay: 1. California 2:49.77 (Gimbutis, Tilly, Draganja and Cavic).

Platform diving: 2. Louie Gagnet 499.15, 8. Javier Rivas 340.20, 10. Nathaniel Dean 311.30, 12. Mark Wes 211.65.


Cal Bears Men's Swimming & Diving


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