LONG BEACH, CA – After winning titles in three of five events, the University of California is leading defending champion Stanford by 53 points at the 1999 Pac-10 Men’s Swimming Championships. USC is in third place (150.0), followed by Arizona (138.0), Arizona State (119) and Washington (75.0).
The first event of the day, the 200 yard freestyle relay, saw Cal nip the defending champion in the event, Stanford, by .05 at the wall. The Golden Bear team of seniors Dan Lindstrom and Will Moore, along with junior Bart Kizierowski and freshman Matt Macedo swam 1:19.00 to bring home Cal’s first-ever conference title in the event.
California picked up another individual title in the 50 freestyle as Kizierowski edged 1997 champion Francisco Sanchez of Arizona State. Kizierowski tuned in a swim of 19.70, while Sanchez clocked 19.78. The battle for third place was also hotly contested as Stanford’s Justin Ewers’ time of 19.93 bested Arizona’s Roland Schoemon’s 19.96.
In the final event of the evening, the 400 medley relay, Stanford’s team of seniors Tate Blahnik, Dod Wales and Justin Ewers, along with sophomore Anthony Robinson, outlasted 1998 champion Cal to regain the title it has held 12 of the last 15 years with a swim of 3:11.01. The Bears turned in a time of 3:11.42.