No. 6 Cal Men Swimmers Travel to No. 5 Arizona and No. 12 Arizona State
Jan. 16, 2001
BERKELEY, CA -
Fri., Jan. 19 at Arizona, Hillenbrand Aquatic Center, Tucson, AZ 2 p.m. Sat., Jan. 20 at Arizona State, Mona Plummer Aquatic Center, Tempe, AZ 1 p.m.
HEAD COACH NORT THORNTON: Nort Thornton, the 1999 Pacific-10 Coach of the Year, is in his 27th 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 191-76 (.715) with the Golden Bears and his squad finished fifth in the nation at the 2000 NCAA Championship. Thornton led Cal to back-to-back NCAA titles in 1979 and 1980.
BEAR NOTES: In its last competition, the sixth-ranked Cal men's swim team (2-0) opened 2001 with a 130-113 victory over No. 9 Michigan Jan. 6 at Spieker Aquatics Complex. The Bears won seven of the meet's 13 events, with five different swimmers winning individual races. Sophomore Frank Uxa took the 50 free (20.65), sophomore Nick Bartolotta placed first in the one-meter diving competition (282.23), junior Hiro Sakoda won the 200 fly (1:49.39), sophomore Anthony Ervin claimed the 100 free (43.99) and freshman Alex Lim captured the 200 back (1:49.50). Ervin's time of 43.99 in the 100 free broke a Spieker Aquatics Complex record that had been held by Matt Biondi (44.12) since 1987. The Bears also won the 400 medley relay (no time available, junior Matt Macedo, sophomore Daniel Kim, Lim, Ervin) and the 400 free relay (3:01.00 sophomore Trent Holsman, senior Scott Greenwood, junior Matt Burny, Uxa). At this point of the season, Ervin has the nation's top collegiate time in the 100 free (43.10 NCAA automatic) and the second best time in the 50 free (19.57 NCAA automatic). Other Bears who have top collegiate times this season include Kim, with the nation's fourth best time in the 100 breast (55.14), and sophomore Joe Bruckart with the nation's 10th best time in the 200 free (1:38.12). Cal's 200 free relay is the third fastest in the nation (1:19.25), the 400 free relay is the third fastest in the nation (2:55.36 NCAA automatic), the 200 medley (1:29.41) and 800 free relays (6:37.69) are the fifth fastest in the nation, and the 400 medley relay is the sixth fastest in the nation (3:17.18).
LETTER OF INTENT SIGNEE: The Cal men signed Brooks Jenkins, a 6-5, 190-pound breaststroker/distance freestyler/IMer from California High School in San Ramon, to a national letter of intent for the 2001-02 season. Jenkins has times of 57.30 in the 100 breast, 2:03.40 in the 200 breast and 1:52.22 in the 200 IM. He is also a standout water polo player, earning All-North Coast Section honors this past fall.
NOTING ARIZONA AND ARIZONA STATE: Cal has a 16-3 all-time record against No. 5 ranked Arizona (3-0, 1-0 in Pac-10), defeating the Wildcats in the last meeting between the two schools, 135-108, Jan. 21, 2000 at Spieker Aquatic Complex. Arizona is led by senior Tyler Painter, who currently has the nation's top times in the 500 free (4:19.74) and 400 IM (3:48.02), junior Roland Schoeman, who has the nation's top times in the 50 free (19.45) and 100 fly (47.16), and sophomore Jeff Dash, who has the nation's top time in the 200 fly (1:45.26). The Bears have a 17-4 all-time record against No. 12 ranked Arizona State (3-3), defeating the Sun Devils in the last meeting, 187-123, Jan. 22, 2000 at Spieker Aquatics Complex. Arizona State is led by senior Scott Von Schoff, who has the nation's third-best time in the 200 free (1:36.75) and seventh-best time in the 100 free (44.13).