March 2, 2006
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - Third-ranked California qualified six Golden Bears for tonight's A finals on Thursday at the Pac-10 Men's Swimming Championships at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatics Center. Tied for first place with Arizona after two official events, Cal gets a chance to add to its lead when Bears sophomore Dominik Meichtry, junior Daniel Lysaught, senior Miguel Molina, senior Milorad Cavic, sophomore William Copeland and either junior Jonas Tilly or senior Matt Lyon compete tonight in the finals, which begin at 6 p.m.
In this morning's preliminary races, Meichtry took second place in the 500-yard freestyle in an automatic NCAA qualifying time of 4:17.53 and Lysaught was fifth in the 500 free in an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 4:19.81. Molina was sixth in the 200 individual medley in an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 1:47.29, while Cavic (19.46) and Copeland (19.59) were second and third, respectively, in the 50 free. Teammates Tilly and Lyon tied for sixth place in the 50 free. Cal head coach Nort Thornton and co-head coach Mike Bottom will decide which swimmer competes in the six-man A final and which swims in the consolation final.
At 6 p.m. the finals of the 500 freestyle, 200 individual medley, 50 freestyle and 200 freestyle relay will be contested. The Pac-10 Championships continue through Saturday.
Pac-10 Championships Team Standings
(Through 2 events)
1. California 74
1. Arizona 74
3. Stanford 64
4. USC 60
5. Arizona State 56
6. Washington 26
California Results from Day 2 Preliminaries of the 2006 Pac-10 Men's Swimming Championships
200-Yard Individual Medley
6. Miguel Molina 1:47.29. 9. Louis Vayo 1:47.86. 10. Mark Eckert 1:47.98. 11. Patrick O'Neil 1:48.10. 13. Ian Lentz 1:48.98. 16. Henrique Barbosa 1:49.93. 19. Graham Lentz 1:50.37. 30. Chris Gibson 1:53.13.