No. 5 Cal Men's Swimming (5-1) Travels to Pac-10 Championship
Feb. 26, 2001
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 194-77 (.716) 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 the No. 5 ranked Bears (5-1, 3-1 in Pac-10) last competition, they fell to No. 3 ranked Stanford, 180-103, Feb. 17 at Spieker Aquatics Complex. Cal would get its first win in the sixth event with Olympian Anthony Ervin capturing the 50 free (19.69). Ervin also won the 100 free with a Spieker Aquatics Complex record time of 43.30 (surpassing the old mark of 44.12 set by Matt Biondi Feb. 21, 1987).
Leading up to the Pac-10 Championship, Ervin has already qualified for the NCAA Championship in the 50 (19.57) and 100 free (43.10). The Bears 400 free relay of Ervin, junior Matt Burny, sophomore Trent Holsman and junior Matt Macedo has also already qualified for the NCAAs with a time of 2:55.36, set Dec. 3 at the Texas Invitational.
At this point of the season, Anthony 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 Daniel Kim, with the nation's eighth best time in the 100 breast (55.14), and freshman Alex Lim with the nation's 10th best time in the 100 back (48.40) and 13th best time in the 200 back (1:46.43).
Cal's 200 free relay (1:19.25) and the 400 free relay (2:55.36 NCAA automatic) are the third fastest in the nation, the 800 free relay (6:37.69) and the 400 medley relay (3:15.41) relays are the sixth fastest in the nation (3:15.41) and the 200 medley relay (1:29.41) is the seventh fastest in the nation.
NOTING THE PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIP: The Pac-10 Championship features four teams ranked in the Top 10 in the latest CSCAA Top 25 poll, No. 3 Stanford, No. 5 Cal, No. 7 Arizona and No. 8 USC. The Pac-10 meet also includes No. 13 Arizona State and No. 25 Washington. Five 2000 Pac-10 champions return to defend their titles in seven events. Also, three swimmers return as 2000 NCAA champions, Cal's Anthony Ervin, the 2000 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, in the 50 and 100-meter free, USC's Erik Vendt in the 1500-meter free and Stanford's Adam Messner in the 200-meter fly. The Bears are the defending Pac-10 champions in the 200 free (1:17.53 Ervin, Macedo, senior Scott Greenwood, Bart Kizierowski) and the 400 free relays (2:49.85, Pac-10 and Pac-10 Championship record, Macedo, Greenwood, Ervin, Kizierowski). As a team, Cal finished second at the 2000 Pac-10 Championship with 762.0 points, trailing only Stanford (794.0 points), which won its 19th consecutive Pac-10 title.