Despite Winning First Event, Cal Trails Stanford After Day One of Pac-10 Championships

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For the fourth straight year, the Cal men's swimming team won the first event at the Pac-10 Championships in Long Beach, Calif.

No. 1 Cal's A-squad, comprised of seniors Guy Barnea, Damir Dugonjic, Graeme Moore and Nathan Adrian, took first in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:23.92. Stanford took second, clocking in a 1:25.42.

In the relay, Adrian split an 18.50 seconds for his 50 freestyle leg, which is .2 better than his fastest individual 50 time.

But, for the second straight year, the Bears struggled in the second and final event of the day, the 800 freestyle relay. Sophomore Tom Shields put the Bears in first with an impressive leadoff swim (1:32.88), but his teammates failed to keep pace with both Stanford and USC, and had to settle for third in the race (6:21.13).

Stanford is currently in first in the meet standings with 74 points. Cal is just off that mark with 72 points, and USC is just behind the Bears with 66.

Tomorrow's lineup includes the 50 freestyle and the 200 freestyle relay, two events in which Cal, led by Adrian, is the favorite to win.

Connor Byrne covers men's swimming. Contact him at [email protected]

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