NCAA Div. I Men: Cal Wins Dallas Morning News Classic

DALLAS, TX., Jan. 19. OLD King Midas had a golden touch and Cal Coach Nort Thornton's is equally as gilded.

The veteran Berkeley mentor, who guided Cal to back-to-back NCAA Championships in 1980-81, had Da Big Bad Bears on the rampage here this evening and the result was a resounding and highly impressive victory in the
20th Annual Dallas Morning News Invitational.

Led by its dynamic sprint duo of Anthony Ervin and Duje Draganja, plus soph stroke specialist Alex Lim, who won three races over the two-day competition, Cal raced to a 328-292 victory over Coach John Trembley's
Tennessee Volunteers at venerable Perkins Natatoroum.

Third was host Southern Methodist (279), which just edged Florida for the show spot. The Gators, with 275, were fourth, followed by Texas A&M (261) and Auburn (227).

Auburn's sixth-place finish is rather surprising in that Coach David's Marsh's War Eagles are regarded by many as prime contenders for this year's men's NCAA Championship title. That meet will be swum the final weeekend of March at the University of Georgia.

Cal won five of nine races here this evening, setting meet and pool records in three. On opening night they won three (50 free, 100 back, 800 free relay), setting pool and meet records in each. Cal would have set a fourth standard had not Draganja left early on the fly leg of the 400 medley relay.

So, Mr. Thornton, does this make Da Bears "locks" for the NCAA Championship?

"Hey, don't pick us. Stanford or Texas have to be the favorites," he said after his team's win. "I didn't know how well we'd swim coming in, but I was of course tremendously pleased with our showing. We responded well to the challenge and that's a good sign."

After Ervin's record-breaking 19.46 50 free win Friday, he came back tonight to win the 100 free in 43.29.

Normally that would have been good enough for both a meet and pool record as the old standards were 43.82 by SMU's Lars Frolander, Olympic gold medalist at both Sydney and last summer's World Championships in the 100 fly. However — HOWEVER — Mr. Draganja (the
"Croatian Comet") went a blazing 43.21 pr to win the consols, so he and Ervin now rank 1-2 nationally in the 100. The only active collegiate swimmers who've ever been faster (and remember: neither Ervin nor Duje were shaved or rested) are Arizona's Roland Schoeman (42.58), Cal's Matt Macedo (42.99r), Texas' Ian Crocker (43.07), Florida's Nathan Summers (43.12) and Carlos Jayme(43.27).

Ervin's pr is his 41.80 that won NCAAs last season, equaling former Golden Bear Matt Biond's American-national collegiate record.

Lim, who twice broke the meet record in the 100 back last night with his 47.62 (once leading off the relay and then in the race itself), won a tough double tonight with his victories in the 200 back (1:45.02) and 200 fly (1:46.16). Lim's backstroke pr is his nation-leading 1:43.43 from last month's Longhorn Invitational at Texas.

If Cal is to have a shot at winning NCAAs, Lim will have to score big in three finals. Juding from his performance at Austin in December and now here, that's a distinct possibility.

Cal's other wins were in the 200-400 free relays, where Da Bears turned in nation-leading 1:19.86-2:56.09 swims.

Tennessee got an outstanding performance from junior braststroker-medleyist Andrew Bree, who won the 400 IM opening night, then took the 200 breast tonight with a 2:00.06 to Florida's Ian Chadsey's 2:02.24. Third was Cal's Peter Aaronson (2:02.58).

Coach Eddie Sinnot's SMU Mustangs scored a win when senior Michael Jacobson took the 200 IM in 1:49.64. Runner-up was Cal senior Bayani Flores, who's
finally starting. Flores clocked 1:49.87 and also swam on Cal's record-setting 400-800 free relays.
Tennessee's Bree was third (1:49.89).

The 500 free went to Auburn frosh B.J. Jones (4:28.82).
It was the Tigers' sole swimming win of the meet. Auburn's Matt Bricker earlier won the 3-meter diving (395.80) over Florida's Zach Wilcox (355.46).

SMU gained a runner-up finish when Danish Olympian Jakob Anderson took second to Lim in the 200 back (1:45.02-1:45.85). Third was Tennessee's Brazilian Olympian Paulo Machado (1:46.80), who with countryman Renato Gueraldi (a 19.7/43+ sprinter), gives the Vols fine potential.

Lim's fly win came at the expense of Florida senior Duncan Sherrard, who went 1:48.58 to the former's 1:46.16. Sherrard was runner-up to Stanford's Adam Messner at last season's NCAAs (1:43.12-1:43.18) and is the fastest returning collegian. He ranks fifth and seventh, respectively, on the all-time performers-performances' list.

The meet record is 1:44.77 by former Florida State star Stephan Parry, who represented Great Britain at the Sydney Olympics.

There's nine weeks to go before NCAAs and Cal looks strong. Da Bears' next major test will come the first weekend of March at the Pac-10s, schedueld
for the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach, CA.

– Bill Bell

Dallas Morning News Swimming & Diving Classic
Perkins Natatorium
DAY TWO: Jan. 19, 2002

25 yard pool

Final Team Standings

Place School Points
1 University of California 328
2 University of Tennessee 292
3 Southern Methodist University 279
4 University of Florida 275
5 Texas A&M 261
6 Auburn University 227

RESULTS

Event 10 Men 400 Yard Freestyle Relay
===============================================================================
Meet: * 2:56.09 01/19/2002 University of California
D Draganja, A Ervin, M Macedo, B Flores
Pool: ! 2:57.92 1990 U. S. National Team
NCAA Qual.: 2:55.37

===============================================================================
1 University of California 2:56.09* 24
1) Draganja, Duje FR 2) Ervin, Anthony JR
3) Macedo, Matt SR 4) Flores, Bayani SR
2 Texas A&M 3:00.69 20
1) Kennedy, Patrick SR 2) Taylor, Robbie FR
3) Janes, Riley SR 4) Rose, Matt SO
3 University of Florida 3:00.72 18
1) Jayme, Carlos SO 2) Odendaal, Hendrik SR
3) Sherrard, Duncan SR 4) Mangabeira, Gabriel FR
4 Southern Methodist University 3:00.79 16
1) Postma, Ferdi FR 2) Newton, Jono SO
3) Weghorst, Matt SR 4) Jacobsson, Michael SR
5 University of Tennessee 3:02.05 14
1) McDonnell, Jeremy SR 2) Simpson, Greg JR
3) Parrish, Matt SR 4) Gueraldi, Renato SO
6 Auburn University 3:19.66 12
1) vanGoethem, Eric SR 2) Karr, Jon SR
3) Knueven, Brad JR 4) Kozyra, Nick JR

Event 11 Men 500 Yard Freestyle
===============================================================================
Meet: * 4:21.64 1988 Sean Killion
Pool: ! 4:21.64 1988 Sean Killion
NCAA Qual.: & 4:20.75
Name Year School Prelims Finals
Points
===============================================================================
Championship Final
1 Jones, BJ FR Auburn 4:28.22
16
2 Tannhauser, Brett SR Tennessee 4:29.07
13
3 Sioui, Adam FR Florida 4:32.28
12
4 Ohlin, Mattias SR California 4:32.34
11
5 Mueller, Scott SO A&M 4:34.12
10
6 Pineyro, Marcus SO SMU 4:37.47
9
Consolation Final
7 duRand, George FR Tennessee 4:28.16
7
8 Hansen, Scott SO A&M 4:35.75
5
9 Hampson, Ric FR SMU 4:36.82
4
10 Bruckart, Joe JR California 4:37.02 3
11 Knowles, Jeremy SO Auburn 4:37.04 2
12 Donnelly, Eric SR Florida 4:40.88 1

Event 12 Men 200 Yard Backstroke
===============================================================================
Meet: * 1:43.88 1997 Neil Walker
Pool: ! 1:43.88 1997 Neil Walker
NCAA Qual.: & 1:44.38
Name Year School Prelims Finals
Points
===============================================================================
Championship Final
1 Lim, Alex SO California 1:45.02
16
2 Andersen, Jakob SR SMU 1:45.85
13
3 Machado, Paulo FR Tennessee 1:46.80
12
4 Kennedy, Patrick SR A&M 1:47.60
11
5 Jansen, Mike SR Florida 1:48.18
10
6 Talbot, Scott SO Auburn 1:52.90
9
Consolation Final
7 Macedo, Matt SR California 1:48.19
7
8 Karr, Jon SR Auburn 1:48.97
5
9 Simpson, Greg JR Tennessee 1:49.60
4
10 Hill, Josh SO A&M 1:50.78 3
11 Mangabeira, Gabrie FR Florida 1:51.92 2
12 Postma, Ferdi FR SMU 1:55.01 1

Event 13 Men 200 Yard Breaststroke
===============================================================================
Meet: * 1:58.22 1990 Mike Barrowman
Pool: ! 1:58.22 1990 Mike Barrowman
NCAA Qual.: & 1:58.28
Name Year School Prelims Finals
Points
===============================================================================
Championship Final
1 Bree, Andrew JR Tennessee 2:00.06
16
2 Chadsey, Ian JR Florida 2:02.24
13
3 Aronsson, Peter SR California 2:02.58
12
4 Carlson, Tim SR SMU 2:03.64
11
5 Brandt, Will FR Auburn 2:04.47
10
6 Jacobo, Alfredo FR A&M 2:04.48
9
Consolation Final
7 Jacobsson, Michael SR SMU 2:01.73
7
8 Flores, Bayani SR California 2:01.74
5
9 Knueven, Brad JR Auburn 2:05.72
4
10 McDonnell, Jeremy SR Tennessee 2:05.87 3
11 Taylor, Robbie FR A&M 2:12.66 2
12 Jansen, Mike SR Florida 2:18.35 1

Event 14 Men 3 Meter Diving
===============================================================================
Meet: * 427.65 1990 Mark Bradshaw
Pool: ! 427.65 1990 Mark Bradshaw
NCAA Qual.: & 310.00
Name Year School Finals
Points
===============================================================================
1 Bricker, Matt Auburn 345.80& 16
2 Wilcox, Zachary FR Florida 335.45& 13
3 Bartolotta, Nicola JR California 317.70& 12
4 Jones, Phillip FR Tennessee 306.95 11
5 Dumais, Brice JR SMU 306.45 10
6 Even, Jesse SR A&M 275.70 9

Event 15 Men 100 Yard Freestyle
===============================================================================
Meet: * 43.21 01/19/2002 Duje Draganja
Pool: ! 43.82 1998 Lars Frolander
NCAA Qual.: & 43.64
Name Year School Prelims Finals
Points
===============================================================================
Championship Final
1 Ervin, Anthony JR California 43.29&
16
2 Jayme, Carlos SO Florida 44.72
13
3 Janes, Riley SR A&M 44.84
12
4 Weghorst, Matt SR SMU 45.02
11
5 Gueraldi, Renato SO Tennessee 46.41
10
6 vanGoethem, Eric SR Auburn 46.92
9
Consolation Final
7 Draganja, Duje FR California 43.21*
7
8 Newton, Jono SO SMU 45.38
5
9 Odendaal, Hendrik SR Florida 45.41
4
10 Rose, Matt SO A&M 46.10 3
11 Parrish, Matt SR Tennessee 46.50 2
12 Jones, BJ FR Auburn 47.36 1

Event 16 Men 200 Yard Butterfly
===============================================================================
Meet: * 1:44.77 1999 Stephen Perry
Pool: ! 1:44.77 1999 Stephen Perry
NCAA Qual.: & 1:45.46
Name Year School Prelims Finals
Points
===============================================================================
Championship Final
1 Lim, Alex SO California 1:46.16
16
2 Sherrard, Duncan SR Florida 1:48.58
13
3 Hampson, Ric FR SMU 1:50.63
12
4 Kozyra, Nick JR Auburn 1:51.30
11
5 Hansen, Scott SO A&M 1:51.42
10
6 duRand, George FR Tennessee 1:52.22
9
Consolation Final
7 Sioui, Adam FR Florida 1:48.94
7
8 Bruckart, Joe JR California 1:50.55
5
9 Kennedy, Patrick SR A&M 1:50.65
4
10 Tannhauser, Brett SR Tennessee 1:53.10 3
11 Pineyro, Marcus SO SMU 1:54.23 2
12 Talbot, Scott SO Auburn 2:03.26 1

Event 17 Men 200 Yard IM
===============================================================================
Meet: * 1:47.99 1993 Greg Burgess
Pool: ! 1:47.99 1993 Greg Burgess
NCAA Qual.: & 1:47.16
Name Year School Prelims Finals
Points
===============================================================================
Championship Final
1 Jacobsson, Michael SR SMU 1:49.64
16
2 Flores, Bayani SR California 1:49.87
13
3 Bree, Andrew JR Tennessee 1:49.89
12
4 Donnelly, Eric SR Florida 1:52.36
11
5 Mueller, Scott SO A&M 1:53.71
10
6 Knueven, Brad JR Auburn 1:56.51
9
Consolation Final
7 Carlson, Tim SR SMU 1:51.08
7
8 Aronsson, Peter SR California 1:52.29
5
9 Knowles, Jeremy SO Auburn 1:53.90
4
10 McDonnell, Jeremy SR Tennessee 1:54.44 3
11 Mangabeira, Gabrie FR Florida 1:54.60 2
12 Jacobo, Alfredo FR A&M 1:57.31 1

Event 18 Men 200 Yard Freestyle Relay
===============================================================================
Meet: * 1:19.86 01/19/2002 University of California
D Draganja, A Ervin, M Macedo, M Ohlin
Pool: ! 1:19.93 1990 U.S. National Team
NCAA Qual.: & 1:18.77
School Finals
Points
===============================================================================
1 University of California 1:19.86* 24
1) Draganja, Duje FR 2) Ervin, Anthony JR
3) Macedo, Matt SR 4) Ohlin, Mattias SR
2 Southern Methodist University 1:20.79 20
1) Postma, Ferdi FR 2) Newton, Jono SO
3) Weghorst, Matt SR 4) Andersen, Jakob SR
3 Texas A&M 1:21.81 18
1) Taylor, Robbie FR 2) Janes, Riley SR
3) Rose, Matt SO 4) Hill, Josh SO
4 University of Florida 1:21.83 16
1) Odendaal, Hendrik SR 2) Jayme, Carlos SO
3) Sioui, Adam FR 4) Sherrard, Duncan SR
5 University of Tennessee 1:23.77 14
1) Tannhauser, Brett SR 2) Simpson, Greg JR
3) Parrish, Matt SR 4) Gueraldi, Renato SO
6 Auburn University 1:26.76 12
1) vanGoethem, Eric SR 2) Jones, BJ FR
3) Karr, Jon SR 4) Brandt, Will FR

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