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Men's Swimming Prepares For NCAA's
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  03/20/2000

March 20, 2000

NCAA Division I Men's Swimming and Diving Championship
Thu.-Sat., Mar. 23-25,
Dorothy L. Shepard Pool, Minneapolis, MN,
Prelims 12 p.m. daily, Finals 7 p.m. daily

BEARS HEAD TO NCAAs: The No. 5 ranked California men's swim team (6-3) heads to Minneapolis, MN, to participate in the NCAA Division I Men's Swimming and Diving Championships after placing second at the Pac-10 Championship (762 points). The NCAA meet will begin on Thursday, March 23 and will conclude Saturday, March 25. Prelims will be held at 11 a.m. daily with finals beginning at 6 p.m. daily. The Bears will send 13 swimmers-four seniors, one junior, four sophomores and four freshmen, to the championship to compete in 16 swimming events. Meet results will be available each day at the following websites: www.gophersports.com or www.ncaachampionships.com.

HEAD COACH NORT THORTON: 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 189-76 (.713) with the Golden Bears and returns 25 letterwinners and seven All-Americans from a squad that finished fourth at the 1999 NCAA Championship.

NOTING THE BEARS: The No. 4 ranked California men's swimming team, which placed second behind Stanford at the 2000 Pacific-10 Championship Mar. 4 in Federal Way, WA, concluded the meet by capturing the 400 free relay with a phenomenal time of 2:49.85. The time of 2:49.85, swam by sophomore Matt Macedo, junior Scott Greenwood, freshman Anthony Ervin and senior Bart Kizierowski, was the fastest mark in NCAA history as it set an NCAA and U.S. Open record, surpassing the previous record of 2:50.90 set by Auburn in 1999. Cal also topped the previous Pac-10 record of 2:51.37 set by Stanford in 1998 and established a new Bear record, topping the time of 2:53.02 set in 1986. Also impressive about Cal's time in the 400 free relay is that if it was converted from yards to meters, it is just three-tenths of a second off the world record.

Other highlights for the Cal men at the Pac-10's included placing first in the 200 free relay (Ervin, Macedo, Greenwood, Kizierowski) with a school record time of 1:17.54, and second in the 200 medley relay (Macedo, senior Steve Messner, senior Lars Merseburg, Ervin) with a school record time of 1:27.75 (old record 1:27.91 set in 1998).

Individually, senior Bart Kizierowski won the 50 free Pac-10 title for the second year in a row with a time of 19.36, which is the Bears second-best all-time behind Matt Biondi's time of 19.15 set in 1987. Kizierowski also won the Pac-10 title in the 100 free with a Pac-10 meet record time of 42.29 (second-best all-time Cal mark behind Biondi's 41.80).

Kizierowski is the defending NCAA championship in the 100 free. Bear freshman Anthony Ervin place second in the 100 free with a time of 42.82, also surpassing the former Pac-10 meet record. Cal also had second (Ervin, 19.43), third (Macedo, 19.67) and fifth-place (Greenwood, 20.01) finishes in the 50 free. Other top swims for the Bears were senior Ratapong Sirisanonot (1:56.96), freshman Daniel Kim (1:58. 28) and sophomore Andrew Chan (1:58.68) placing second, third and fourth respectively in the 200 breast with NCAA qualifying times.

2000 California Roster - NCAA Championships

NameHt.YearHometown (Last School)
Peter Aronsson6-2So.Hasselby, Sweden (Blackeberg Gymnasium)
Joe Bruckart6-2Fr.Jamul, CA (Valhalla Hs)
Andrew Chan5-7So.Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada
Anthony Ervin6-2Fr.Valencia, CA (William Hart HS)
Scott Greenwood6-0Jr.Glendale, CA (USC)
Daniel Kim5-10Fr.Irvine, CA (Irvine HS)
Bart Kizierowski6-2Sr.Warsaw, Poland (Mission Viejo HS)
Matt Macedo6-2So.San Jose, CA (Leland HS)
Lars Merseburg6-3Sr.Wurzburg, Germany (Hochstadt)
Steve Messner6-0Sr.Colton, CA (Redlands HS)
Mickey Murad6-2So.San Diego, CA (University City HS)
Will Quist6-6Fr.Woodside, CA (Bellarmine Prep HS)
Ratapong Sirisanont5-10Sr.Bangkok, Thailand (The Bolles School)


Head Coach: Nort Thornton
Associate Head Coach: Mike Bottom
Volunteer Coach: Greg Connell

THE ENTRIES:
50 Freestyle: Bart Kizierowski (19.36), Anthony Ervin (19.43), Matt Macedo (19.63), Scott Greenwood (19.99)

100 Freestyle: Bart Kizierowski (42.29), Anthony Ervin (42.82), Matt Macedo (42.99), Lars Merseburg (44.61), Scott Greenwood (44.77)

200 Freestyle: Joe Bruckart (1:37.04), Will Quist (1:37.18), Mickey Murad (1:38.85)

400 Freestyle: Mickey Murad (4:22.18)

100 Backstroke: Bart Kizierowski (47.36), Matt Macedo (47.98), Anthony Ervin (48.61)

100 Breastroke: Daniel Kim (54.29), Steve Messner (54.64), Andrew Chan (54.86), Peter Aronsson (54.90)

200 Breastroke: Ratapong Sirisanont (1:56.96), Daniel Kim (1:58.28), Andrew Chan (1:58.82), Peter Aronsson (1:59.24), Steve Messner (1:59.78)

100 Butterfly: Lars Merseburg (48.82)

200 Butterfly: Joe Bruckart (1:46.57)

200 IM: Joe Bruckart (1:47.44), Peter Aronsson (1:48.53), Steve Messner (1:48.97), Ratapong Sirisanont (1:50.10)

400 IM: Ratapong Sirisanont (3:48.73)

200 Free Relay 1:17.53 (Ervin, Macedo, Greenwood, Kizierowski) Seeded 2nd

400 Free Relay 2:49.85 (Macedo, Greenwood, Ervin, Kizierowski) Seeded 1st

800 Free Relay 6.30.38 (Kizierowski, Bruckart, TBA, Quist) Seeded 9th

200 Medley Relay 1:27.75 (Macedo, Messner, Merseburg, Ervin) Seeded 10th

400 Medley Relay 3:12.03 (Macedo, Chan, Kizierowski, Ervin) Seeded 8th

1999-00 Men's Results (6-3, 2-2)

11/5CS BAKERSFIELDW 111-681-0
11/6TEXASL 147-1361-1
1/3at UC Santa BarbaraW 124-762-1
1/5at UNLVW 125-773-1
1/21ARIZONAW 135-1084-1, 1-0
1/22ARIZONA STATE W 187-1235-1, 2-0
2/4at USCL 128-1155-2, 2-1
2/9PACIFICW 153-996-2
2/19at StanfordL 137-1066-3, 2-2

ATHLETE BIOS

PETER ARONSSON
Cal All-time Top 10-100 Breast (8th), 200 Breast (10th)
6-2 180 SO.
Breaststroke/IM
Hasselby, Sweden
(Blackeberg Gymnasium)

At the 2000 NCAA Championship is seeded 21st in the 100 and 200 breast, and 32nd in the 200 IM...undeclared major...parents are Ensio and Gonilla Aronsson...born February 13, 1977 in Hasselby, Sweden.

CAL CAREER BESTS
100 Breast: 54.90
200 Breast: 1:59.11
200 IM: 1:48.53

JOE BRUCKART
Cal All-time Top 10-200 Fly (7th), 200 IM (8th)
6-2 170 FR.
Freestyle/IM
Jamul, CA
(Valhalla HS)

At the 2000 NCAA Championship is a member of the 800 free relay that is seeded ninth...individually is seeded 18th in the 200 IM, 23rd in the 200 free and 26th in the 200 fly...undeclared major...parents are Bob and Carla Bruckart...born November 14, 1980 in San Diego, CA.

CAL CAREER BESTS
200 Free: 1:37.04
200 Fly: 1:46.57
200 IM: 1:47.44

ANDREW CHAN
School Record Holder-400 Medley Relay
1999 All-American-400 Medley Relay (3rd), 100 Breast (4th), 200 Breast (8th)
Cal All-Time Top 10-100 Breast (3rd), 200 Breast (6th)

5-7 165 SO.
Breaststroke/IM
Northyork, Ontario, Canada
(Michael Power/St. Joseph HS)

At the 2000 NCAA Championship is a member of the 400 medley relay (breaststroke leg) that is seeded eighth...individually is seeded 15th in the 200 breast and 19th in the 100 breast...undeclared major with an interest in sports medicine...parents are Wai-Hing and Isabella Chan...born July 18, 1979 in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.

CAL CAREER BESTS
100 Breast: 54.25
200 Breast: 1:58.13

ANTHONY ERVIN


School Record Holder-400 Free Relay, 200 Free Relay, 200 Medley Relay
2000 Pac-10 Champion-400 Free Relay, 200 Free Relay
Cal All-Time Top 10-50 Free (3rd), 100 Free (3rd), 100 Back (6th)

6-2 150 FR.
Sprint Freestyle
Valencia, CA
(William Hart HS)

At the 2000 NCAA Championship is a member of the 400 free relay that is seeded first, 200 free relay that is seeded second, the 400 medley relay (freestyle leg) that is seeded eighth and the 200 medley relay (freestyle leg) that is seeded 10th...individually is seeded second in the 100 free, fourth in the 50 free and 25th in the 100 back...undeclared major...parents are Jack and Sherry Ervin...born May 26, 1981 in Burbank, CA.

CAL CAREER BESTS
50 Free: 19.43
100 Free: 42.82
100 Back: 48.61

SCOTT GREENWOOD


School Record Holder-400 Free Relay, 200 Free Relay
2000 Pac-10 Champion-400 Free Relay, 200 Free Relay
Cal All-Time Top 10-50 Free (9th)

6-0 170 JR.
Freestyle
Glendale, CA
(USC)

At the 2000 NCAA Championship is a member of the 400 free relay that is seeded first and the 200 free relay that is seeded second...individually is seeded 27th in the 50 free and 55th in the 100 free...majoring in mass communications...parents are Richard and Elizabeth Greenwood...born November 23, 1977 in Los Angeles, CA.

CAL CAREER BESTS
50 Free: 19.99
100 Free: 44.77

DANIEL KIM


Cal All-Time Top 10-100 Breast (4th), 200 Breast (7th)

5-10 165 FR.
Breaststroke
Irvine, CA
(Irvine HS)

At the 2000 NCAA Championship is seeded 11th in the 100 breast and 12th in the 200 breast...this past summer was the Junior National West champion and record holder in the 200-meter breast with a time of 2:19.37 (long course meters)...undeclared major...parents are Yang-Hwan and Young-Su Kim...born July 10, 1981 in Garden Grove, CA.

CAL CAREER BESTS
100 Breast: 54.29
200 Breast: 1:58.28

BART KIZIEROWSKI


School Record Holder-100 Back, 400 Free Relay, 200 Free Relay, 400 Medley Relay
2000 Pac-10 Champion-50 Free, 100 Free, 400 Free Relay, 200 Free Relay
1999 All-American-100 Free (1st), 50 Free (6th), 200 Free Relay (3rd), 400 Medley Relay (3rd), 400 Free Relay (4th), 800 Free Relay (6th)
Cal All-Time Top 10-100 Back (1st), 50 Free (2nd), 100 Free (2nd), 200 Back (8th), 100 Fly (8th)


6-2 175 SR.
Freestyle/Backstroke/Butterfly/IM
Warsaw, Poland
(Mission Viejo HS)

At the 2000 NCAA Championship is seeded first in the 100 free, third in the 50 free and fourth in the 100 back...is a member of a 400 free relay that is seeded first, 200 free relay that is seeded second, the 400 medley relay (butterfly leg) that is seeded eighth and the 800 free relay that is seeded ninth...became the first Bear to win an NCAA title since Ugur Taner in 1996 (200 fly) when he captured the 100 free in 1999...majoring in economics...parents are Wojciech and Zofia Kizierowski...born February 20, 1977 in Warsaw, Poland.

CAL CAREER BESTS
50 Free: 19.36
100 Free: 42.29
100 Back: 47.36

MATT MACEDO


School Record Holder-400 Free Relay, 200 Free Relay, 200 Medley Relay
2000 Pac-10 Champion-400 Free Relay, 200 Free Relay
1999 All-American-200 Free Relay (3rd), 400 Free Relay (4th), 800 Free Relay (6th)
Cal All-Time Top 10-100 Back (2nd), 50 Free (4th), 100 Free (4th), 200 Back (4th)

6-2 170 SO.
Freestyle/Backstroke
San Jose, CA
(Leland HS)

At the 2000 NCAA Championship is a member of a 400 free relay that is seeded first, 200 free relay that is seeded second, 400 medley relay (backstroke leg) that is seeded eighth and the 200 medley relay (backstroke leg) that is seeded 10th...individually is seeded fourth in the 100 free, seventh in the 50 free and 16th in the 100 back...this past summer placed third in the 50-meter free (22.67) and was named Rookie of the Meet at the Phillips 66 National Swimming Championships in Minneapolis, MN...undeclared major with an interest in criminal justice...parents are Gerald and Margaret Macedo...born July 18, 1980 in San Jose, CA.

CAL CAREER BESTS
50 Free: 19.63
100 Free: 42.99
100 Back: 47.98

LARS MERSEBURG


School Record Holder-200 Medley Relay
1999 All-American-400 Free Relay (4th), 800 Free Relay (6th)

6-3 190 SR.
Freestyle
Wurzburg, Germany
(Hochstadt)

At the 2000 NCAA Championship is a member of a 200 medley relay (butterfly leg) that is seeded 10th...individually is seeded 40th in the 100 fly and 47th in the 100 free...last summer competed for the German National Team and was a member of a 400-meter free relay team that placed third at the European Championships in Istanbul, Turkey...majoring in political economies of industrial societies...parents are Heinz and Erika Merseburg...born January 12, 1975 in Karlshafen, Germany.

CAL CAREER BESTS
100 Fly: 48.82

STEVE MESSNER


School Record Holder-200 Medley Relay
Cal All-Time Top 10-100 Breast (5th)

6-0 170 SR.
IM/Breaststroke
Colton, CA
(Redlands HS)

At the 2000 NCAA Championship is a member of a 200 medley relay (breaststroke leg) that is seeded 10th...individually is seeded 14th in the 100 breast, 25th in the 200 breast and 36th in the 200 IM...majoring in political science...several relatives, including father, Adrian (1957), attended Cal...parents are Adrian and Sandra Messner...born May 27, 1978 in Riverside, CA.

CAL CAREER BESTS
100 Breast: 54.64
200 Breast: 1:59.78
200 IM: 1:48.97

MICKEY MURAD


Cal All-Time Top 10-500 Free (6th), 1650 Free (7th), 1000 Free (10th)

6-2 185 SO.
Distance Freestyle
San Diego, CA
(University City HS)

At the 2000 NCAA Championship is seeded 18th in the 400 free and 45th in the 200 free...undeclared major...parents are Robert and Amy Murad...born August 23, 1980 in Brooklyn, NY.

CAL CAREER BESTS
200 Free: 1:38.57
400 Free: 4:22.18

WILL QUIST

6-6 230 FR.
Sprint Freestyle
Woodside, CA
(Bellarmine College Prep)

At the 2000 NCAA Championship is a member of an 800 free relay that is seeded ninth...individually is seeded 28th in the 200 free...undeclared major...parents are Robert and Leslie Quist...born April 11, 1981 in Palo Alto, CA.

CAL CAREER BESTS
200 Free: 1:37.18

RATAPONG "NUK" SIRISANONT


School Record Holder-200 Breast
1999 All-American-400 IM (3rd), 200 Breast (5th), 200 IM (7th)
Cal All-Time Top 10-200 Breast (1st), 400 IM (2nd), 200 IM (5th)

5-10 170 SR.
IM/Breaststroke
Bangkok, Thailand
(The Bolles School)


At the 2000 NCAA Championship is seeded fourth in the 200 breast, 10th in the 400 IM and 51st in the 200 IM...has several years of international experience and competed for Thailand at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics...majoring in social welfare...parent is Tanapat Sirisanont...born July 1, 1976 in Bangkok, Thailand.

CAL CAREER BESTS
200 Breast: 1:56.96
200 IM: 1:47.28
400 IM: 3:46.30


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