Men's Swimming Hits The Road To Take On USC
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  01/31/2000

Jan. 31, 2000

THIS WEEK: Fri., Feb. 4 at USC (meters), McDonald's Swim Stadium, Los Angeles, CA @ 1 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 188-74 (.718) 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 1999-00 Cal men's swim team (5-1) continues Pac-10 competition this weekend at USC after capturing two conference dual meets Jan. 21-22 at Spieker Aquatics Complex, upsetting No. 3 Arizona, 135-108, and No. 12 Arizona State, 187-123. In the 25-meter dual meet against Arizona, the Bears were led by freshman Anthony Ervin, who captured both the 50-meter (22.11) and 100-meter free (49.36). Other individual winners for Cal included sophomore Peter Aronsson in the 200-meter IM (2:02.38), senior Bart Kizierowski in the 200-meter back (1:58.47) and senior Ratapong Sirisanont in the 200-meter breast (2:13.70).

The Bears also won the 400-meter medley relay and the 400-meter free relay. In the regular 25-yard dual meet against Arizona State, Cal was led by Sirisanont, Kizierowski, sophomore Andrew Chan and Ervin, who all won two events apiece. Sirisanont captured the 1000 (9:17.20) and 500 free (4:27.09), Kizierowski won the 100 (48.57) and 200 back (1:47.20), Chan placed first in the 100 (55.34) and 200 breast (2:00.66) and Ervin won the 50 (19.90) and 100 free (44.33). Cal's 200 free relay team of Kizierowski, Matt Macedo, Scott Greenwood and Ervin also 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 USC: No. 6 ranked USC (4-1) last defeated UC Irvine, 212-49, and Pacific, 190-72, Jan. 22 at USC. The Trojans are led by sophomore Mark Warkentin, who won four gold medals at the 1999 World University Games, capturing the 200-meter free, 400-meter free, 800-meter free and was a member of the 800-meter free relay. Cal has a 10-47 all-time mark against USC, last falling to the Trojans in a tight meet, 125-118, Feb. 4, 1999 in San Francisco (Koret Center).