Jan. 23, 2010
BERKELEY, CALIF. - Junior standout Nathan Adrian captured the 50, 100 and 200 free - and junior Damir Dugonjic, junior Guy Barnea and senior Sean Mahoney also won individual races - but the No. 4-ranked Cal men's swimming and diving was tipped by No. 3 Arizona, 157-141, Saturday, Jan. 23 at Spieker Aquatics Complex. The Golden Bears, who also won the meet's opening 200 medley relay (1:27.43, Barnea, Graeme Moore, Dugonjic, Josh Daniels, dropped to 3-1 in dual meets.
Adrian, the 2009 NCAA champion in the 50 and 100 free, continued to show why he is one of the nation's leading sprinters by winning the 50 (19.53), 100 (43.35) and 200 free (1:36.45) against an Arizona squad that was the 2008 NCAA team champions. Dugonjic, the 2009 national champion in the 100 breast, did his part by helping lead a 1-2-3 sweep in the 100 breast with a time of 54.51 (Mahoney second with a 54.82 and junior Martti Aljand third with a 54.83). Mahoney, competing in his final home meet at Spieker Aquatics Complex, won the 200 breast with a mark of 1:58.42, while Barnea swam a 48.03 in winning the 100 back.
Cal had held a 122-103 lead entering the 100 fly, but Arizona went 1-2-3 in both the 100 fly (won by Jordan Slaughter 48.77) and 400 IM (won by Jack Brown 3:52.52), and placed first in the final race of the meet - the 200 free relay in a Spieker Aquatics Complex record 1:19.21 (Jordan Smith, Adam Small, Robert Iddiols, Nimrod Sahpira Bar-Or). Cal would have had to place both first and second in the 200 free relay to have won the meet.
In diving competition, Arizona's Ben Grado won both the one-meter (340.20) and three-meter (369.23) competition. The Bears' Thomas Henninger place second on both boards with scores of 306.60 on the one-meter and 330.98 on the three-meter.
Cal men's swimming and diving team will next travel to Cal State Bakersfield on Thursday, Feb. 4 at 2 p.m. The Bears then return to Pac-10 dual meet action with a contest at USC, Friday, Feb. 5 at 1 p.m. at McDonald's Swim Stadium in Los Angeles.