April 12, 2005
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - California senior Duje Draganja was named the Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year, and freshman teammates Dominik Meichtry and Javier Rivas were named the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year in swimming and in diving, respectively, as announced today by the conference office.
Draganja, a senior from Split, Croatia, won the 50 and 100 freestyle, as well as the 100 butterfly, at the Pac-10 Championships. He was also a member of California's 400 freestyle relay team, which established a new Pac-10 meet record. At the NCAA Championships, Draganja won the 100 freestyle, 100 butterfly and contributed to three Golden Bear relay titles, including the NCAA record-breaking 200 freestyle team, helping California to a fourth-place finish. His time of 41.49 in the 100 freestyle broke former Bear Anthony Ervin's NCAA record.
Meichtry, a freshman from Rorschacherberg, Switzerland, placed second in the 200 freestyle and sixth in the 1650 freestyle at the Pac-10 Championships. At the NCAA Championships, Meichtry finished 10th in the 200 freestyle. Meichtry helped Cal beat Stanford for the first time in almost 14 years with a second-place finish in the 500 freestyle and third-place finish in the 200 in their dual-meet clash. Cal's dual-meet win over its archrival also gave the Bears the No. 1 ranking in the CSCAA's final regular season national poll.
Rivas, a freshman from Long Beach, Calif., finished eighth on the platform at the 2005 Pac-10 Diving Championship. He also took 11th in the one-meter and 12th in the three-meter event.
The Swimmer, swimming Newcomer and diving Newcomer of the Year honors are determined by a vote of the conference coaches.