March 24, 2006
ATLANTA, Ga. - Golden Bears senior Henrique Barbosa took second place in the 100-yard breaststroke preliminary for third-ranked California, which had strong performances across the board on Friday at the NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Championships at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center. With Barbosa's effort and three third-place finishes in other events, Cal is poised to improve on its sixth-place standing in tonight's finals.
The Bears qualified three swimmers for the A finals and three for the B finals. In addition, Cal qualified one relay for an A final. Cal also has a team in the 800-yard freestyle relay final, though that relay does not have a preliminary race.
Barbosa swam a 53.08 to take second in the 100 breast, while junior teammate Graham Lentz was 23rd in 54.87.
Cal had third-place finishes in the 200-yard medley relay (senior Milorad Cavic, Barbosa, sophomore Jernej Godec and sophomore William Copeland), the 100-yard butterfly (Cavic, 46.27) and the 200-yard freestyle (sophomore Dominik Meichtry, 1:34.19).
The NCAA Championships continue tonight with the 7 p.m. ET finals.
NCAA Championships Team Standings
(top 10 teams through 6 events)
1. Auburn 178.5 points
2. Arizona 136.5
3. Stanford 132
4. Florida 97
5. Texas 82
6. California 72
7. USC 63
8. Northwestern 60.5
9. Georgia 52
10. Minnesota 50
California Results from Day 2 Preliminaries of the 2006 NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Championships
20. David Russell 48.48.