March 7, 2009
LONG BEACH, CALIF. - The California men's swimming team won two more events during the final day of the 2009 Pac-10 Championships at the Belmont Plaza Pool in Long Beach, with sophomore Olympian Nathan Adrian capturing the 100 free and freshman standout Nolan Koon leading a Bear sweep in the 200 breaststroke. The Golden Bears finished second in the conference meet with 866 points, trailing only Stanford (918.5) and ahead of defending 2008 NCAA champion Arizona (647).
Adrian was named the 2009 Pac-10 Swimmer of the Meet after winning the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle, and swimming the freestyle leg of Cal's conference champion 400 medley relay (NCAA record time 3:03.30, senior backstroker David Russell, sophomore breaststroker Damir Dugonjic, sophomore butterflyer Graeme Moore and Adrian). He won the 100 free Saturday in a Pac-10 meet record time of 41.64, topping the former mark of 41.96 set by the Bears' Duje Draganja in 2004.
Cal's other Pac-10 champion on Saturday was freshman Koon in the 200 breast with a time of 1:54.22, followed by junior Sean Mahoney with a time of 1:54.27 and sophomore Martti Aljand with a 1:54.37. Freshman Martin Liivamagi placed seventh in the 200 breast (1:55.75).
The additional 2009 individual Pac-10 champions for the Bears included Aljand winning the 200 IM (1:43.59) on Thursday and sophomore Damir Dugonjic placing first in the 100 breast in an NCAA record time of 51.41 on Friday. Cal also won the meet's first event, the 200 medley relay, on Wednesday in a Pac-10 meet and Golden Bear school record time of 1:23.98. The Cal team of Russell, Dugonjic, sophomore butterflyer Graeme Moore and senior freestyler Bennett Clark topped the former conference meet record of 1:24.82 set by Stanford in 2005.
Other highlights for the Bears on Saturday were their 400 free relay placing second (2:48.62, Adrian, Moore, sophomore Josh Daniels, Clark), junior Peter Davis finishing third in the 200 fly (1:43.49), Moore placing fourth (42.71) and Clark seventh (43.09) in the 100 free.
In the 200 back Saturday, Russell placed third with an NCAA automatic time of 1:41.06, sophomore Guy Barnea was seventh with a time of 1:44.18 and junior Aaron Casey was eighth with a mark of 1:50.92. In the 1650 free, Casey was seventh (15:10.84), freshman Isaac Howell was eighth (15:15.63) and senior John Foster was 11th (15:35.43).
The Bears will next compete at the 2009 NCAA Championships,March 26-28 in College Station, Texas. Last season, Cal placed fourth nationally under first-year coach David Durden.