Jan. 23, 2009
TUCSON, ARIZ. - Despite sophomore standout Nathan Adrian winning the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle, the No. 5-ranked California men's swimming and diving team (2-1, 1-1) fell to defending national champion and No. 4-ranked Arizona, 171.5-128.5, Friday at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center in Tucson.
Adrian, who was the Pac-10 Swimmer of the Month for December, not only won the 50 (19.65), 100 (43.08) and 200 free (1:35.57), he also helped the Golden Bears capture the 400 free relay in a B standard time of 2:54.71, swimming the lead-off leg (Adrian, senior Bennett Clark, sophomore Graeme Moore, sophomore Josh Daniels). Cal placed first in the 200 medley relay as well, swimming a B standard time of 1:27.85 (senior David Russell, sophomore Damir Dugonjic, Moore, Clark).
Besides Adrian's three individual titles, sophomore Damir Dugonjic won the 100 breast in a time of 54.76. The Bears had several runner-up finishes on the day. Senior David Russell was second in both the 100 (48.72) and 200 back (1:45.81). Freshman Miller Douglas was second in the 200 fly (1:49.50), sophomore Aaron Casey was second in the 500 free (4:32.19), sophomore Graeme Moore was second in the 100 fly (49.25) and freshman Martin Liivamagi was second in the 200 IM (1:49.83).
In diving action, sophomore Tom Henninger, the November and December Pac-10 Diver of the Month, placed second on the one-meter board (302.03), while sophomore Taylor Dehn was second on the three-meter board (308.78)
Cal will next battle Pac-10 foe Arizona State at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24 in Tempe.