Feb. 3, 2004
ROADIES: GOLDEN BEARS RIDE REST OF SEASON The Golden Bears travel south this week to defend their No. 4 national ranking against a hungry Division II underdog and the No. 11 Southern California Trojans. Cal is on the road for the remaining three dual meets of the season: after the I-5 trip, they cross the bay to face the rival Stanford Cardinal. From there, they head to Long Beach, CA for the Pac-10 Championships March 4-6, before making a run at the national title in Long Island, NY, March 25-27.
SCOUTING THE ROADRUNNERS An NCAA Division II program, Cal State Bakersfield has shared a few opponents with the Golden Bears, beating the University of Pacific, 201-60, and falling to Stanford 146-77. Most recently, the Roadrunners beat the UC Davis Aggies 173-121. More information on Cal State Bakersfield athletics can be found at www.csub.edu/Sports.
SCOUTING THE TROJANS USC's schedule features a visit to top-ranked Auburn and dual meets against four other Top 25 teams (among six total dual meets) this season. Most recently, the Trojans fell to the Tigers, 204-138, in a two day meet Jan. 17-18. More information on USC athletics can be found at www.usctrojans.com.
LUCKY NUMBER FOUR: LAST COMPETITION The Golden Bears are 4-0 and ranked No. 4 in the country after last weekend's sweep of the desert schools. Cal defeated Arizona, 169-118, and finished first in 11 of 12 individual events. Cal took first and second in the 400 medley relay with the A team (senior Alex Lim, sophomore Ricky Barbosa, sophomore Milorad Cavic, and junior Duje Draganja), finishing in 3:39.45. The B team took second with a 3:40.81 time (senior Jeff Natalizio, junior Caleb Rowe, freshman Patrick O'Neil, and freshman Jonas Tilly). Lim dominated the backstroke, taking the 100 (55.44) and the 200 (1:57.64). Rowe won both breaststroke events, the 100 (1:02.55) and the 200 (2:14.83). Freshman Daniel Lysaught took both the 800 freestyle (8:00.35) and the 400 freestyle (3:54.02). Cavic finished first in the 50 free (21.90) and the 100 butterfly (52.24). Other event winners included O'Neil in the 200 fly (1:59.27), Draganja in the 100 free (47.50), and junior John Dorr in the 200 individual medley (2:02.67). On the diving board, junior Louie Gagnet won the three meter with an outstanding 357.6 score. Against Arizona State, Cal prevailed 166-128. Seniors produced strong performances in their final home meet: Natalizio won the 100 breaststroke (1:03.10) and the 200 breaststroke (2:14.46); Lim finished first in both the 100 backstroke (54.88) and 200 backstroke (1:56.99); Rehrmann claimed second (8:24.94) to fellow Golden Bear sophomore Ryan Lean (8:11.64) in the 800 freestyle; Gueraldi finished second (22.21) in the 50 freestyle to Draganja (21.87). California swept the 100 freestyle with a top finish by Draganja (48.18), second-place showing by freshman Rolandas Gimbutis (49.55), and a third-place finish by Tilly (49.73). Other individual event winners included sophomore Milorad Cavic in the 200 butterfly (1:57.79). In all, Golden Bears took first place in ten of eleven individual events. In the relays, Cal split with Arizona State. In the 200 medley relay, Cal's A team (Lim, Rowe, Cavic, Draganja) and B team (Natalizio, Barbosa, Tilly, Gimbutis) seized first (1:39.04) and second (1:39.50), respectively.
ROAD FROM BERKELEY TO ATHENS PAVED WITH BEARS Several Golden Bears have already made their nation's Olympic teams while others are likely to qualify in the coming months. Sophomores Ricky Barbosa (Brazil), Miguel Molina (Phillipines), and Milorad Cavic (Serbia), junior Duje Draganja (Croatia), and senior Alex Lim (Malaysia), will all compete in this summer's Olympics Games. Other likely Olympians who are currently members of their national teams include freshmen Rolandas Gimbutis (Lithuania), Jonas Tilly (Sweden), and senior Renato Gueraldi (Brazil), as well as strength and conditioning coach Nick Folker (South Africa). In addition, alumni Nuk Sirisanont (Thailand), Joe Bruckhart (USA) , and Gordon Kozulj (Croatia) will be training with the Bears for the upcoming Olympic games. Entering the 2004 Olympics, Bear swimmers have captured a total of 28 Olympic medals, including 14 gold.