Bears Finish Second in Pac-10s
Date Added Sunday, March 6, 2011 | 10:03 pm
Last Updated Sunday, March 6, 2011 | 10:03 pm
Category: Sports > Winter > Swimming (Men's)
Despite winning four of the final day's six events, No. 1 Cal failed to dethrone No. 2 in the Pac-10 Championships in Long Beach, Calif. The Cardinal finished in first with 911 points, 47 points ahead of the Bears. USC took third with 534 points.
Cal made a push in the 200-yard breastroke, in which the Bears put six swimmers in the top eight. Junior Nolan Koon won the event (1:4.42), and senior Nick Ferrif finished just off his mark to take second (1:54.57). Following the 200 breastroke, the Bears were just 18 points out of the lead.
Senior Nathan Adrian also won the 100 freestyle for the third straight year (41.75). Senior Graeme Moore also finished fifth (42.71). The two also participating in the 400 freestyle relay, which defended its Pac-10 title from 2010.
Sophomore Tom Shields added another Pac-10 title to his resume with a win in the 200 butterfly (1:40.31). Shields swam the third fastest time in the morning prelims, and came back in the afternoon to beat Stanford's Bobby Bollier.
The Cardinal, however, benefitted from another strong day of diving, which proved to be the difference maker. Stanford put four divers in the platform diving finals, whereas the Bears had no representation.
Cal will be back in action in three weeks when they will travel to Minneapolis, Minn., for the NCAA Championships.
Connor Byrne covers men's swimming. Contact him at [email protected]
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