Oct. 27, 2008
Seventh-ranked California (1-0) opens its home schedule with a dual meet against Washington (5-0) at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30, at Spieker Aquatics Complex. This will be a combined meet with the Cal and Washington women.
Bears Rout Tigers, Take 2nd in Pacific Invitational
Olympic gold medalist Nathan Adrian won three events and No. 7 Cal won five races overall on the first day of the Pacific Invitational at Chris Kjeldsen Pool in Stockton, Calif., on Oct. 17. The Bears, who only competed in that day's events in the two-day Tigers' meet, racked up 635 points to 277 for Pacific, which was the only other team competing at the time. Since the Bears did not compete on Oct. 18, they actually finished second to Stanford, which compiled 1006.5 points to win the meet.
There were no diving events.
The Cal A quartet of sophomore Guy Barnea, sophomore Damir Dugonjic, Adrian and senior Bennett Clark won the 200-yard medley relay in a time of 1:28.79, edging the second-place Cal B relay of senior David Russell, freshman Martin Liivamagi, sophomore Nick Cordes and sophomore Graeme Moore (1:30.74).
Adrian, who won a gold medal as part of the United States' 400-meter freestyle relay in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, also won the 50-yard freestyle in an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 19.77; Cal swimmers had the top 11 finishes in the 50 free. Adrian, a sophomore, also won the 200 free in 1:39.95.
Liivamagi, a 2008 Estonian Olympian, raced to a time of 4:03.58 to win the 400-yard individual medley, with junior teammate Aaron Casey taking second in 4:06.65.
Current Bears in Beijing
Nathan Adrian was part of a strong Cal contingent that competed in the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing this past summer. Adrian won a gold medal as part of the record-setting U.S. 4x100-meter freestyle relay. The Bremerton, Wash., product led off the preliminary race for the United States, recording a split of 48.82 as part of a then-world record time of 3:12.23. He watched as the U.S. team won the final in a new world-record time of 3:08.24.
Sophomore Martti Aljand, swimming for Estonia, was 46th (2:16.52) in the 200-meter breaststroke, Guy Barnea (Israel) was 16th (54.93) in the 100 backstroke, Damir Dugonjic (Slovenia) was 16th (1:00.92) in the 100 breaststroke and Martin Liivamagi (Estonia) was 34th (2:03.56) in the 200 individual medley.
Cal is off next week. The Bears return to action when they take on Pac-10 rival Stanford in a triple-distance meet at 2 p.m. on Nov. 12 in Stanford, Calif.