March 3, 2006
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - California senior Henrique Barbosa shattered the school record in winning the 100-yard breaststroke final and the Golden Bears swam a season-best time in winning the 400 medley relay on Friday night at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatics Center. With points added in from the one-meter springboard final from last week's Pac-10 Diving Championships, the third-ranked Golden Bears remain in second place at the 2006 championships with 539 points. Top-ranked Stanford, with 600 points, continues to lead for the second straight day.
Barbosa, who manned the second leg of the relay, swam a 52.90 in the breaststroke to break the record (53.31) set by former teammate Caleb Rowe when the latter was the runner-up in the 100 breaststroke at last year's Pac-10 Championships.
The Bears quartet of freshman David Russell, Barbosa, senior Milorad Cavic and junior Jonas Tilly swam a Cal season-best and automatic NCAA qualifying time of 3:08.87 to win the 400-freestyle relay. Russell's split, 47.09, was one one-hundredth of a second slower than his time in the 100 backstroke final, in which he swam a 47.08 to take second place. Stanford's Hongzhe Sun won the 100 back in 46.79.
Sophomore Dominik Meichtry added another second-place finish for the Bears, swimming an automatic NCAA qualifying time of 1:34.31 to finish behind Arizona's Simon Burnett (1:33.26), the defending NCAA champion in the 200 free.
Cal sophomore Jernej Godec turned in a pair of top six performances in Friday's finals. He was fourth (46.73, NCAA A) in the 100 butterfly and sixth (48.71, provisional NCAA B qualifying time) in the 100 back. Cavic was fifth (47.06, NCAA A) in the 100 fly, which was won by Arizona's Lyndon Ferns (46.43).
On Feb. 24 in the Pac-10 Diving Championships, also in Federal Way, Cal sophomore Javier Rivas was eighth, with a score of 271.85, and freshman teammate Sam Helvie was ninth (261.10) on the one-meter board.
The Pac-10 Championships continue on Saturday with the 11 a.m. preliminary races and end with the 6 p.m. finals.
Pac-10 Championships Team Standings
(Through 14 events)
1. Stanford 600
2. California 539
3. Arizona 370
4. USC 351
5. Arizona State 225
6. Washington 117
California Results from Day 3 Finals of the 2006 Pac-10 Men's Swimming Championships