Jan. 21, 2006
BERKELEY -- The second-ranked Cal men's swimming and diving team held off Arizona, 202-98, in the Bears' final home meet of the season. Cal (5-0, 2-0 Pac-10) won 13 of 16 events Saturday and was led by impressive wins by Daniel Lysaught (1,000 free) and Henrique Barbosa (100 breast, 200 breast) at Spieker Aquatics Complex.
"I feel very fortunate to have won the meet by this margin against such a competitive group," said men's swimming coach Nort Thornton. "The seniors stepped it up today. The fact that they work so hard at it lifts the whole team up."
Lysaught, a junior, got the Bears going with two lifetime-best performances in the 1,000- and 500-yard freestyle races. Lysaught's winning time of 8:56.68 in the 1,000, is second on Cal's all-time list and the fastest by a Bear since 1989. Though he took second in the 500 behind teammate Dominik Meichtry (4:22.06), Lysaught's 4:22.17 was also a lifetime best.
Meichtry, a sophomore, also posted an impressive win in the 200 free, defeating Arizona's Simon Burnett, who is the defending NCAA champion in that event. Meichtry won in 1:36.37, followed by Burnett in 1:37.07.
Barbosa swept the breaststroke events, winning the 100 in 54.13 and the 200 in 1:57.13. Molina took first in the 200 IM, finishing in 1:47.87. The Bears were led in the diving events by Sam Helvie's first-place finish in the 1-meter event (332.92 points).
The loss drops Arizona to 3-2 overall and 2-2 in the Pac-10. The Bears' compete next when they travel to Cal State Bakersfield on Feb. 2 for a non-scoring competition. Pac-10 action resumes for Cal on Feb. 3, when Cal travels to face USC in Los Angeles.