Sports Briefs: Men's Swimming Beats Pacific

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The Cal men's swimming team bounced back from Saturday's defeat at the hands of USC by soundly defeating Pacific yesterday. The No. 4 Bears defeated the Tigers at Spieker Pool by a margin of 153-99.

Cal (10-1) captured first place in 13 of 14 events. The Bears performed particularly well in the 50 freestyle and the 100 breastroke, in which Cal swept the top three places. Senior Bart Kizierowski took first in the 50 free (20.09) and was followed by freshmen sprinters Trent Holsman (20.91) and Anthony Ervin (21.00), who captured the second and third spots. Kizierowski was the only Bear to win two races, taking first in the 100 butterfly (47.19) as well.

Sophomore Andrew Chan was first into the wall on the 100 breast with a 55.96. Matt Messmer took second for the Bears (56.78) and freshman Daniel Kim placed third (56.93).

Cal also performed well in the relays, with its "A" and "B" teams going 1-2 in the 200 medley relay (1:30.87; 1:34.07) and its only 200 free relay team beating out two Pacific squads (1:21.77).

The Bears' next competition is Feb. 19 versus Stanford at 1 p.m. at either the University of San Francisco's Koret Center or Spieker Pool on the Berkeley campus.

Two Men's Gymnasts in Weekend Invite

Two members of the Cal men's gymnastics squad will fly to Las Vegas for the Winter Cup Challenge this weekend, while the Cal women's team will stay in Berkeley with the hope of getting its first home victory Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Michael Ashe and Cody Moore will represent Cal at the competition sponsored by USA gymnastics. The winner of the Winter Cup Challenge is invited to the Visa/American Cup, the United States' premier international meet.

The rest of the squad will enjoy its second weekend without competition since the season began. In practice, the Bears will continue to focus on improving their team score as they have successfully done with each passing week thus far in the season.

Decorated gymnasts and 1997 Cal graduates Trent Wells and David Kruse will also be competing in the event. The alumni were major factors in helping Cal win the NCAA national championship in 97, and Wells is the only Bear to score a perfect 10 on both the horizontal and parallel bars.

Meanwhile, the Cal women's gymnastics team has also shown steady improvement as of late. The squad hopes to continue the pattern in a battle of UC schools Friday when UCLA, UC Davis, and UC Santa Barbara will descend upon Haas Pavilion.

The Bears have established season-high team scores the past two weeks, the latest being a 193.225 output in a losing effort to Arizona. The score was the team's highest since 1997.

The squad will face tough competition from No. 5 UCLA - the front-runner to win the Pac-10 Championships in March - which is coming off an outstanding school-record team total of 197.800. Cal is only 1-15 against the Bruins, but holds a 15-1 edge on the Aggies and a 17-3 record over the Gauchos.


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