Jan. 13, 2004
Sophomore Milorad Cavic broke the world record for the 100-meter butterfly Dec. 12, 2003, at the European Short Course Swimming Championships. His time of 50.02 seconds bettered the record by 0.08 seconds. The previous record was set in January 2002 by German Thomas Rupprath, who came in second to Cavic at the Championships in December. Cavic was swimming for his parent's homeland of Serbia.
Halfway around the world, Cavic's teammates, senior Alex Lim, sophomore Miguel Molina, and alumni Nuk Sirisanont won 16 medals at the South East Asian Games held in Hanoi, Vietnam, in December. Sirisanont, swimming for Thailand, won gold in the 100-meter breast, the 200-meter IM, and the 400-meter IM. Sirisanont had to swim a SEA Games record 4:23.20 in the 400-meter IM to edge fellow Cal swimmer Miguel Molina, who swam for the Philippines. Lim, swimming for Malaysia, was a triple-gold medalist in the 100-meter fly (where he set a SEA Games record 2:03.54), the 100-meter back, and the 200-meter back. Molina won a gold in the 200-meter free.
The Golden Bears return to action Friday, Jan. 23 - Saturday, Jan. 24, when they host Arizona and Arizona State.