March 2, 2006
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - Third-ranked California posted three second-place finishes out of four events on Thursday night and dropped to second place on the second day of the Pac-10 Championships at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatics Center. Senior Milorad Cavic took second in a career-best time of 19.35 in the 50-yard freestyle and led off the second-place 200-yard freestyle relay for the Golden Bears. With the results from the Feb. 23 three-meter diving final from the Pac-10 Diving Championships added to the tally, Cal has 265 points to trail only first-place and top-ranked Stanford (320).
Cal was in a first-place tie with Arizona after two relays on Wednesday, the first day of the Pac-10 Championships.
In the first event on Thursday night, Cal sophomore Dominik Meichtry improved on his second-place preliminary time by swimming a career-best 4:15.89 in another runner-up finish in the 500 freestyle. The Swiss Olympian's time makes him the second-fastest Bear in the all-time record books, behind only Sean Killion's 4:15.45 the former Bear swam in 1989. Junior teammate Daniel Lysaught, like Meichtry, swam an automatic NCAA qualifying time (4:18.31) with his fourth-place finish. USC's Ous Mellouli swam a 4:14.21 to win the race.
Cal senior Miguel Molina took seventh place in the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:47.72, while sophomore Mark Eckert outdid his elder teammate, swimming a 1:47.38 to win the consolation final. Stanford took the top three spots in the 200 IM, with Hongzhe Sun winning with a 1:44.49.
There were three Bears in the 50 free final: Cavic was second (19.35, NCAA A), sophomore William Copeland was third (19:69, NCAA A) and junior Jonas Tilly was sixth (19.92). Stanford's Ben Wildman-Tobriner won the sprint (19.26).
The Cal A squad of Cavic, Copeland, Tilly and sophomore Jernej Godec was second in the night's final event, the 200-free relay, in a season-best time of 1:17.71 (NCAA A). Stanford won the relay (1:17.54).
Last Thursday, Feb. 23, freshman Sam Helvie had Cal's best finish, ninth place, on the three-meter springboard with a score of 283.15.
The third day of the Pac-10 Championships begins tomorrow, Friday, with preliminary races at 11 a.m. The day's finals begin at 6 p.m.
Pac-10 Championships Team Standings
(Through 7 events)
1. Stanford 320
2. California 265
3. Arizona 191
4. USC 165
5. Arizona State 124
6. Washington 58
California Results from Day 2 Finals of the 2006 Pac-10 Men's Swimming Championships