Feb. 17, 2004
Date: Saturday, Feb. 21, 2004 Place: Avery Aquatics Center, Stanford, CA Time: 1:00 p.m.
ONLY ONE GOES HOME A WINNER
In their final dual meet of the season, the No. 4 Golden Bears (5-0, 3-0 Pac-10) cross the bay to face their rival, No. 2 Stanford (6-0, 3-0 Pac-10), to see which team will finish the season undefeated. The men's team would love to follow in the footsteps of the women, who knocked of the Cardinal last Saturday for the first time in nearly 30 years. Following Saturday, the two teams will see eachother again at Pac-10 Championships March 4-6 in Long Beach and at the NCAA Championships in Long Island, N.Y., March 25-27.
THE BIG MEET
Stanford holds a 92-13 edge over California in the rivalry's history. Last season, the two met when Stanford was ranked No. 1 and Cal No. 3. The Cardinal walked away with the victory, 173-112, to finish the season undefeated. Adding salt to the wound, Stanford swimmers left their mark on Cal's Spieker Aquatics Complex, setting six pool records.
SCOUTING THE CARDINAL
Last season, Stanford earned its 22nd consecutive Pac-10 title while Cal finished second. Following the conference championships, the Cardinal entered the NCAA Championships last season ranked No. 1 but finished third, trailed by the Golden Bears who claimed fourth. This season, the Cardinal is ranked No. 2 and is again undefeated going into the Big Meet.
No. 4 Cal dominated No. 11 USC Feb. 6 in Los Angeles, 152-89. Cal won both relays, six of eight individual events, and split the diving boards. In the 400m medley relay, both Cal and Southern California's "A" teams were disqualified. The "B" team (sophomores Chris Gibson and Ricky Barbosa and freshmen Patrick O'Neil and Jonas Tilly) finished first in 3:42.38, easily beating Southern California's "B" team (3:55.75). In the 400m freestyle relay, Cal's "C" team (senior Keith Vogelgesang, O'Neil, senior Alex Lim and Gibson) touched the wall first in 3:22.35. Among Cal's event winners, freshman Rolandas Gimbutis won the 50m freestyle (22.38) and Tilly won the 100m freestyle (49.73). Sophomore Milorad Cavic touched the wall first in the 200m butterfly (1:59.02) in another event swept by the Golden Bears. Junior Caleb Rowe won the 200m breastroke (2:12.86), the final event swept by Cal. Seniors held their own, with Jeff Natalizio winning the 200m individual medley (2:01.51) and Lim seizing the 200m backstroke (1:56.31). Junior Louie Gagnet won the three-meter diving event (354.67).
In a non-scoring meet on Feb. 5 at Cal State Bakersfield, Lim turned in the fastest time in NCAA Division I this season in the 200-yard backstroke with a 1:41.77 time. That beat his own school record of 1:43.30. Lim also won the 50-yard backstoke (23.89) although he fell to teammate and Gibson (52.22) in the 100-yard backstroke (Lim came in fourth at 52.85). Cal won 17 of 22 events in the triathlon, which involved all swimmers competing in three events of the same stroke and was swum in short course yards. Natalizio was a true triathlete, dominating the breaststroke where he won the 50-yard (26.72), 100-yard (56.70) and 200-yard (2:00.60) events. Other triathlete winners included freshman Renato Gueraldi for the butterfly and Barbosa in the individual medley.