Jan. 22, 2005
TEMPE, Ariz. - California senior Duje Draganja won two events, and set an NCAA qualifying mark in the 50-yard freestyle, as the fourth-ranked Golden Bears defeated host Arizona State, 149-125, on Saturday afternoon at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center. Cal won 10 out of 16 events in Tempe to improve its dual-meet record to 7-0 (2-0 Pac-10).
Draganja won the 50 freestyle in a time of 19.73, Cal's best mark of the season in that event. The Croatian Olympian later won the 100-yard freestyle in an NCAA B qualifying time of 43.85, also Cal's best mark in that event this season. Sophomore teammate Daniel Lysaught likewise had an impressive day, winning the 1000 free (9:12.64) and the 500 free (4:29.95).
Bears junior Miguel Molina had another strong outing, swimming the breaststroke leg to help the Cal C team win the 200 medley relay (1:30.18) and taking second place (1:49.93) in the 200 butterfly. Molina had the best time (1:49.29) in the 200 individual medley. But Cal swam the 200 IM and 200 free relay, the last two events of the day, as exhibitions after it had secured victory at the meet.
Other Cal winners included newcomer Dominik Meichtry, who won the 200 free (1:39.73), sophomore Patrick O'Neil, who won the 100 backstroke (50.84), junior Henrique Barbosa, who won the 100 breaststroke (55.91), freshman Louis Vayo, who won the 200 back (1:48.56) and junior Milorad Cavic, who won the 100 butterfly (49.12). Meichtry, a freshman who swam the 200-meter free for Switzerland in the Athens Olympics, joined Cal this past week and debuted for the Bears in yesterday's win at Arizona.
Cal next hosts USC on Friday, Feb. 4, at 1 p.m. in Berkeley.