Nov. 10, 2008
Sixth-ranked California (2-0, 1-0 Pac-10 1-0) next competes against third-ranked Stanford (2-0, 1-0 Pac-10) in the Cardinal's Triple-Distance Meet at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at the Avery Aquatic Center in Stanford, Calif.
Wednesday's meet will not count towards either team's dual-meet record, but it will feature some of the very best collegiate swimmers in the nation competing in a non-standard event schedule. The official Pac-10 dual meet between the two rivals is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Feb. 21 at Spieker Aquatics Complex in Berkeley.
In the Triple-Distance Meet, athletes divide into specialty groups that compete with one another in three races to determine a specialty champion in each of swimming's six event domains: sprinters (50, 100, 200 free), distance swimmers (200, 500, 1000 free), butterflyers (50, 100, 200 butterfly), breaststrokers (50, 100, 200 breaststroke), backstrokers (50, 100, 200 backstroke) and individual medlyists (100, 200, 400 IM).
Divers will compete in one-meter and three-meter events and the winner will be decided by the highest score total of two designated divers from each team.
Individual champions will be recognized in each domain as the athlete with the fastest cumulative times from three events.
Bears Handle Huskies in Home Opener
California won eight of 14 events in a 143-119 dual-meet victory over Washington on a rainy Oct. 30 at Spieker Aquatics Complex. The Golden Bears, swimming at home for the first time this season, improved their record to 2-0 (1-0 Pac-10). The Huskies lost their first meet of the season and fell to 5-1 (0-1 Pac-10).
Cal sophomore Nathan Adrian and senior Bennett Clark each won an individual race and took part in the Bears' winning 200-yard freestyle relay and 400-yard medley relay. The Cal quartet of junior Josh Daniels, sophomore Graeme Moore, Clark and Adrian met an NCAA B standard with their time of 1:20.10 to win the 200-free relay. Clark also won the 100 freestyle in a time of 45.18 and Adrian won the 200 free in 1:38.42.
Four of Cal's 2008 Olympians won events today, including U.S. gold medalist Adrian, Israel's Barnea, Slovenian Dugonjic (55.01 in the 100-yard breaststroke) and Estonian freshman Martin Liivamagi (1:50.46 in the 200-yard individual medley). Barnea also collected two second-place finishes, in the 100 backstroke (50.76) and in the 100 butterfly (50.55).
Moore won the 50 free in a time of 20.34, edging Daniels, who took second in 20.89. Bears junior Sean Mahoney claimed the 200 breaststroke in 2:02.56 after swimming 57.07 to take second behind Dugonjic in the 100 breaststroke.
Cal is off until it competes in the Husky Invitational Dec. 4-6 at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.