College Men Weekend Recap -- October 24, 2005
Cal 208 over Texas 162. Cal 247 over Florida 123. Texas 243 over Florida 123. Texas A&M 149.5, #13 Northwestern 144.5. ASU 136 over Hawaii 105. Notre Dame 132 over Texas A&M 111. Minnesota 224 over Iowa 66.
Cal Tops Texas and Florida in Tri-Meet Action, While Texas Holds Off Florida
Austin, TX. October 25. CAL Berkley smashed the Texas Longhorns and the Florida Gators in Tri-meet action over the weekend at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center. The Golden Bears (2-0), who won three of eight events on Saturday, defeated the host Longhorns, 208-162, and the Gators, 247-123. The Longhorns came out on top in a 243-127 win over the Florida Gators.
Both Cal and Florida were missing top swimmers - 2004 Olympians Milorad Cavic (back spasms) and Ryan Lochte (shoulder), respectively - in Texas due to injury.
Freshman David Russell dominated the backstroke events with a win the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 49.28. Russell had won the 200-yard backstroke on Friday.
The Longhorns saved their best for last, winning the last event of the meet, the 800-yard freestyle relay, with a time of 6:36.05. The relay team of freshman Michael Klueh, junior Garrett Weber-Gale, sophomore Caleb McDermott and sophomore Matthew McGinnis qualified under B standard. McGinnis also finished first overall in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:36.66, to qualify under B standard.
“This is a test,” said Texas head coach Eddie Reese. “We need to know where we are and what needs to be improved. Swimming against competition like these two teams is important. We did well on some things, but saw mistakes and have room for improvement. You want to go against the high quality teams to see where you stand up and what needs to be fixed.”
Florida Freshman Bradley Ally (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) won Florida’s first swimming event of the competition in the 400 IM. Ally raced to a personal-best time of 3:54.38, which was also the team’s best time this season.
“We were better in everything today.” Florida coach Gregg Troy said. “I don’t think we swam as well as we could have yesterday, and today we swam more on par with what we can do. It was a pretty tough trip with a full day racing yesterday. We still have some work to do. Those were two tough teams we faced.”
Texas A&M Shocks Northwestern
EVANSTON, IL , October 22. The unranked Texas A&M men’s swimming & diving came from behind to shock No. 13 Northwestern for its first dual meet win of the year at Dellora & Lester Norris Aquatic Center on Saturday afternoon.
The Aggies (1-2) trailed practically the entire meet, but managed to keep the score just close enough to have a fighting chance heading into the final relay. Fortunately for A&M the final relay to be contested, the 200-yard freestyle relay, has historically been the Aggies’ finest and it proved to be that and then some against the Wildcats. With the meet on the line, A&M took a chance and split its No. 1 200 free relay into two teams in an attempt to finish first and third and win the meet by one point. The gamble paid off even bigger than expected as A&M finished first and second, outscoring Northwestern 15-2 in the final event to earn a 149.5-144.5 win.
The Aggies were bolstered by the absence of Northwestern's Mike Alexandrov. Without him, A&M went 1-2-3 in the 200 breaststroke, gaining a 13 point swing. A&M took the top four places in the race led by sophomore Alejandro Jacobo (Leon, Gto., Mexico) who finished in 2:05.59. The 1-2-3-4 finish allowed the Aggies to pull within three points of the lead with four races left.
“This was a team win,” A&M head coach Jay Holmes said. “When we got down early Doug (Boyd, A&M’s assistant coach) wouldn’t let them get their heads down and kept after them to stay in there and keep fighting. After that, we won six of the last 10 events to end the meet. I’m proud of the fight we showed today.”
Arizona State Defeats Hawaii 136-105
Honolulu, HI. October 22. ASU sophomore distance specialist, Lucas Azevedo (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) and senior diver Joona Puhakka (Helsinki, Finland) each won a pair of events to score 18 points. Azevedo out-touched Andrew Affleck by seven-tenths of a second to win the 1000 freestyle with a 9:11.02. He also clocked a 4:28.98 in the 500 freestyle to complete the distance sweep.
Puhakka, a four-time NCAA diving champion, continued his dual meet dominance winning both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard events.
The 400 free relay team of Sean Boyle, Richie Crowder, Mohammed Madwa and Cheyne O’Gorman (3:08.30) took the top spot to end the meet.
Notre Dame 132 stumps Texas A&M 111
South Bend, IN , October 22. THE 19th-ranked Notre Dame men’s swimming and diving team opened the dual meet season with a 132-111 victory over Texas A&M Friday evening in the Rolfs Aquatic Center. Sophomore Jay Vanden Berg (Holland, Mich./Southfield Christian) captured wins in the 1,000-yard freestyle (9:24.50) and the 500-yard freestyle (4:36.07) events to help the Irish.
Also claiming titles for the Irish were seniors Jamie Lutkus (Granger, Ind./Penn) in the 200-yard individual medley (1:52.99), Bryan Guarnier (Queensbury, N.Y./Glens Falls) in the 200-yard butterfly (1:52.24) and Doug Bauman (Erie, Pa./Cathedral Preparatory) in the 200-yard backstroke (1:52.42). Junior Ted Brown (Kokomo, Ind./ Western) was victorious in the 200-yard freestyle (1:40.70).
Gophers Cruise Past Iowa 224-66
Iowa City, IA. October 21. THE 11th-ranked University of Minnesota men's swimming and diving team won
15 of 16 events this evening en route to a 224-66 victory over Iowa this
evening in Iowa City, Iowa. Senior All-American Adam Mitchell led the
Gophers in the season opening victory by winning three individual events
while three other Gophers won two events apiece.
Mitchell opened the night with a dominating win in the 200 butterfly.
Mitchell touched the wall in 1:50.64, easily beating teammate Adam Weis
who finished second in 1:53.42. Later in the evening, Mitchell again
coasted to victory in the 200 breaststroke. He clocked a time of 2:04.85 to
beat Iowa's Dragos Agache who touched in 2:07.28. Three events later,
Mitchell hit the blocks again and won the 200 individual medley where the
nearest competitor was over four seconds behind. Mitchell clocked a
1:50.86 while Russ Payne was second in 1:55.23.
Senior All-American Travis Beckerle picked up two wins on the night. He won
the 200 freestyle in 1:41.54, touching out teammates Igor Cerensek
(1:42.36) and Tyler Schmidt (1:42.44). Later, Beckerle claimed a
five-second win in the 500 freestyle. He clocked a time of 4:31.13 while
Wood was second in 4:36.12.
Also winning two events was sophomore All-American David Plummer. He won
the 100 and 200 backstrokes, events that the Gophers crushed the Hawkeyes.
Plummer led a 1-2-3-4 finish for Minnesota in both events. In the 200, he
finished in 1:51.02, followed by Payne (1:51.37), Michael Woodson (1:52.28)
and Dan Berve (1:56.50). In the 100, Plummer posted a winning time of
50.35, followed by Berve (51.04), Woodson (51.45) and Payne (52.46).
Junior All-American Mario Delac claimed wins in the 50 and 100 freestyle
where the Gophers went 1-2-3-4 in each event again. Delac won the 50 in a
time of 20.98, followed by Ales Volcansek in 21.15 and Cerensek in 21.16.
Delac touched first in the 100 in a time of 45.12 while Cerensek was second
in 46.50 and Bernier was third in 46.84.
Northwestern Men Win Relay Meet
Evanston, Ill. October 23. NORTHWESTERN men and women claimed victories this weekend as both teams won Sunday's NU Relays held at the Norris Aquatics Center. NU men were first with 196 points, followed by UIC in second with 174. UW-Green Bay came in third with 152 points, while UW-Milwaukee rounded out the field with 148 points.
Northwestern won the first five events of the meet, including the 800 free relay. Mike Alexandrov, Matt Grevers, Brian Davis and Eric Nilsson swam the event for the Wildcats.
Grevers, David Kormushoff, Jon Ehret and Ben Dexter swam the 200 medley relay, while Nilsson, Jimmy Sourbeer, Grevers and Kyle Bubolz earned first in the 400 free.
NU made it five event wins in a row in the 500 freestyle crescendo relay. Competitors' legs gradually increase in the relay, with the first swimming a 50, the second a 100, the third a 150 and the fourth a 200.
After finishing second in the next two events -- the only of the meet NU did not win -- the Wildcats captured the 200 medley relay, the 400 medley 4x100 IM relay and the 400 free relay to round out the meet.
South Carolina Beats College of Charleston
Columbia, S.C. October 23. THE South Carolina men gave an outstanding performance, winning seven individual events and one relay against College of Charleston. Justin Kata won the 200 breaststroke and 100 breaststroke with times of 2:09.35 and 58.74. Reid Duff had an impressive performance, winning the 100 freestyle with a time of 46.06. Senior Tamas Bathazi shined in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:43.25. Freshman Stephen Luckie found his first win in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:57.14. Sean Murray and Kevin Cargill took first and second in the 200 backstroke with times of 1:55.54 and 1:59.94, respectively. Dan White took over the 500 freestyle with a winning time of 4:37.63. The 100 yard butterfly belonged to Colby Mack with a time of 52.01.
TCU Comes Out on Top at CSU Early Bird Invite
FORT COLLINS, CO , October 23. THE TCU men's and women's swimming and diving teams both earned tournament championships Saturday at the CSU Early Bird Invitational in Fort Collins, Colo. The men were able to maintain their lead from the first day, while the women made an impressive push into the top spot on the final day.
Meanwhile, the men scored 1,024.5 points to upend fellow MWC foes Wyoming (968) and Air Force (832), who finished second and third, respectively. Denver (339),
Colorado-Boulder (229.5), Colorado School of Mines (218) and Metro State (145) also swam in the invite.
"It's really nice for both programs," head coach Richard Sybesma said. "We were happy with how everything worked out. The teams swam well and we were able to eye some of the Mountain West competition that we'll be facing in the coming months."
Guillermo Ramirez took first place in the 100-backstroke with a time of 51.61, finishing just ahead of teammate Jonathon Berrettini (52.56). The Duo switched positions in the 200-back, as Berrettini (1:52.49) clipped Ramirez (1:52.65) on the touch.