Cal Second at Pac-10s, Adrian Repeats as 50 Champ

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The No. 1 Cal men's swimming team is currently in second place at the Pac-10 Championships in Long Beach, Calif., with 251 points. They trail No. 2 Stanford, who sits atop the leader boards with 323 points. USC is in third with 165 points.

Cal's Nathan Adrian defended his Pac-10 title in the 50-yard freestyle for the third straight year, finishing with a 19.00. Adrian also led his 200 freestyle relay to a first place finish (1:16.86).

The Bears also benefitted from a strong showing in the 200 individual medley, where four swimmers competed in the finals. Junior Martin Liivamagi took second (1:43.88), and freshman Marcin Tarcynksi was right behind him in third (1:44.47).

But it was Stanford who separated itself from the rest of the competition. The Cardinal were represented by 15 qualifying swimmers in three individual finals.

Today, Cal will look to make up ground as it swims some of its strongest events, including the 100 butterfly and breaststroke. In 2010, the Bears trailed the Cardinal by 82 points heading into the third day of competition, and managed to surpass Stanford on the leader board going into the fourth and final day.

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

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