Feb. 20, 2010
STANFORD, CALIF. - The No. 4-ranked California men's swimming and diving team (5-2, 2-2 Pac-10) narrowly fell to No. 2-ranked Stanford, 123.5-119.5, in the Big Meet Saturday, Feb. 20, at Avery Aquatic Center. Going into the final event, the 400 free relay, Cal trailed Stanford by only nine points after senior Sean Mahoney's close win over John Criste in the 200 breaststroke (1:59.73-2:00.28). In the 400 free relay, the Cardinal had led through most of the race until the Golden Bears' Nathan Adrian pulled Cal ahead for good on the anchor leg (2:55.26 sophomore Martin Liivamagi, senior Peter Davis, junior Josh Daniels, Adrian), placing the outcome of the meet in the race for third place, where Stanford topped the Bears (3:01.80-3:02.27) for the dual meet win.
The Bears had several strong performances during the day. Cal captured the opening race, the 400 medley, behind junior Guy Barnea, junior Damir Dugonjic, freshman Tom Shields and junior Graeme Moore (3:10.74). The Bears also had two victories by junior standout Adrian, who won the 50 free in an NCAA A standard time of 19.34, and the 100 free in 42.91. Teammate Moore gave Cal a 1-2 finish in the 100 free with a mark of 43.71.
The Bears also finished 1-2 in the 200 IM with Liivamagi winning with a time of 1:48.15 and fellow Estonian Martti Aljand placing second at 1:49.21. Tom Shields continued to show why he is one of the nation's top newcomers, capturing the 200 free in a time of 1:36.42.
In diving competition, junior Thomas Henninger earned points for Cal with second place finishes in both the one-meter (311.62) and three-meter board (320.77).
The Bears' men's diving team will next compete at the 2010 Pac-10 Diving Championships, Feb. 24-27, in Federal Way, Wash., while the Cal men's swimmers prepare for the 2010 Pac-10 Swimming Championships, March 3-6, at the Belmont Plaza Pool in Long Beach, Calif.