March 6, 2008
LONG BEACH, CALIF. - The No. 11-ranked University of California men's swimming team had an extremely successful prelim session Thursday morning at the 2008 Pac-10 Conference Swimming Championships, hosted at the Belmont Plaza Pool in Long Beach, Calif. Led by first place prelim finishes by senior William Copeland in the 50 free (19.47) and freshman Martti Aljand in the 200 IM (1:45.44), the Golden Bears won two of three of the prelim events, and placed second in the 500 free (senior Dominik Meichtry, 4:21.36).
In the 500 free, Meichtry time was an NCAA consideration mark and he will compete in the finals tonight at 6 p.m. Aljand, a frosh from Tallinn, Estonia, had an NCAA automatic qualifying time in the morning and will swim in the 200 IM final at 6:30 p.m. Finally, Copeland's morning mark in the 50 free automatically puts him in the NCAA championship, as well as senior Joe Whittington's morning 50 free time of 19.58. Senior Jernej Godec joins Copeland and Whittington in this evening's 50 free final after swimming an NCAA consideration time of 19.69 in the morning. The 50 free final begins at 6:42 p.m.