Feb. 14, 2000
THIS WEEK: Sat., Feb. 19 at Stanford, deGuerre Pool, Stanford, CA 12 p.m.
HEAD COACH NORT THORNTON: Nort Thornton, the 1999 Pacific-10 Coach of the Year, is in his 26th season as Cal's head men's swim coach. Thornton, the dean of the Pac-10 swimming coaches, has a career dual meet record of 189-75 (.716) with the Golden Bears and returns 25 letterwinners and seven All-Americans from a squad that finished fourth at the 1999 NCAA Championship.
BEAR NOTES: The No. 4 ranked California men's swim team (6-2) has a big dual meet this weekend at No. 6 ranked Stanford (5-3), Saturday, Feb. 19 at deGuerre Pool on the Stanford campus. Cal will be gunning to defeat the Cardinal for the first time since topping Stanford, 167-134, Feb. 23, 1991 at deGuerre Pool. At last year's Pac-10 Championship, the Bears nearly upset Stanford's 18-year-old streak of consecutive Pac-10 titles, falling 748.5 to 740.5. So far this season, the Bears have only lost close dual meets to No. 1 ranked Texas, 147-136, Nov. 6 at Spieker Aquatics Complex, and No. 5 ranked USC, 128-115, Feb. 4 in Los Angeles. Cal is led by senior Bart Kizierowski, the defending NCAA champion in the 100 free, and an automatic NCAA qualifier in the 100 free (43.63) this year. The Bears also have 16 other times that are NCAA consideration times. After the Stanford dual meet, Cal will travel to the Pacific-10 Conference Championship, Mar. 2-4 in Federal Way, WA. On Jan. 22 against Arizona State, Cal's 200 free relay team of Kizierowski, Matt Macedo, Scott Greenwood and Ervin set a new Spieker Aquatics Complex record with a time of 1:19.90, breaking the old mark of 1:22.99 set on Feb. 7, 1997 by the Bears.
NOTING TEXAS INVITATIONAL: At the prestigious Texas Invitational, which took place Dec. 3-5 in Austin, TX, the Bears performed well. The invitational was not scored with team standings, but Cal had 16 different times that were NCAA consideration times and one NCAA automatic time. Individually, highlights for Cal included senior Kizierowski placing second in the 100-meter freestyle with an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 48.60. In the 200-meter breaststroke, the Bears placed first and second with Sirisanont's 2:12.79 and Chan's 2:14.94, both NCAA consideration times. Other top individual times included Chan placing third (1:01.64), Aronsson fourth (1:02.22), freshman Daniel Kim seventh (1:02.53) and Sirisanont 10th (1:02.52) in the 100-meter breaststroke with NCAA consideration times. In the relays, Cal excelled with a second place finish in the 400-meter freestyle relay (NCAA con. 3:17.10, Macedo, Matt Burny, Lars Merseburg, Kizierowski) and fourth place finishes in the 200-meter freestyle relay (NCAA con. 1:29.75, Macedo, Greenwood, Kizierowski, Merseburg), the 400-meter medley relay (NCAA con. 3:40.80, Macedo, Chan, Hiro Sakoda, Kizierowski) and the 200-meter medley relay (NCAA con. 1:40.13, Macedo, Chan, Kizierowski, Greenwood).
NOTING STANFORD: Stanford (6-3) last competed Feb. 5 at USC, defeating the Trojans, 128-115. The Cardinal are led by junior Adam Messner, who has an NCAA automatic qualifying time in the 200-free (1:36.33) and also has Stanford's top times in the 100 free (45.10), 500 free (4:24.44) and 100 fly (49.25). Cal has a 13-88 all-time mark against Stanford, last falling to the Cardinal, 174-121, Feb. 20, 1999 at the Koret Center in San Francisco.