BELMONT SHORES, Calif., May 10. HE DID IT!!!
Tustin High senior Michael (Milorad) Cavic — last year's national prep leader in the 50 free (20.27) — got what he wanted here this afterooon, the race's national high school record with his 19.77 clocking at the prelims of the CIF Southern Sectionm Division II prelims.
The meet was held in Long Beach's Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool, with the finals set for today (May 11).
Cavic's "rationale" for breaking the record in the prelims was because he also wants to get the national record in the 100 yard butterfly in today's finals, which is 47.83 by current Stanford star Dan Westcott.
Westcott set the record three years ago when he was a senior at The Woodlands High in suburban Houston during the Texas state high school meet at Austin.
In the high school championship program the 50 free and 100 fly are literally back-to-back races, although since the CIF meet features boys girls and boys races Cavic would have had at least one race separating
Cavic will also be after Nate Dusing's national prep 100 fly record (47.10), set when the former University of Texas star was a senior at Covington Catholic High in Kentucky five years ago. Dusing of course went on to a stellar career at UT and at last year's NCAA Division 1 Championships was named Swimmer of the Meet for his American/NCAA record in the 200 IM plus
his win in the 200 back and runner-up finish in the 100 fly.
The 50 free record Cavic broke belonged to another Texas prep star, former Houston Memorial sprinter Anthony Robinson, who went a 19.91 at the '97 Texas state meet. Robinson matriculated to Stanford and at the '01 NCAAs upset defending champ Anthony Ervin of Cal to win the 50 free.
Cavic's prs are 19.57 from the NCSA Championship the final Saturday of March, and 47.20 — the boys' 15-16 U.S. Swimming national age group record — from last year's Speedo Sectionals, with both swims having been done at Belmont.
A native of Yugoslavia, Cavic swims for the powerhouse Irvine Nova team of Coach Dave Salo, which also features –among others — 200 meter back world
record-holder/World Champion Aaron Peirsol.
Cavic has represented his country at the Sydney Olympics and last summer's World Championships in Fukuoka, and will likely do so again next eyar at the
World Championships (Barcelona) and in '04 at the Olympics in Athens.