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Cal Trails Card by 19 With One Day Left

By Connor Byrne
Daily Cal Staff Writer
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Category: Sports > Winter > Swimming (Men's)

On day three of the Pac-10 Championships in Long Beach, Calif., the No. 1 Cal men's swimming team narrowed the gap between itself and No. 2 Stanford. The Bears are currently in second with 580 points, trailing the Cardinal by 19 points. USC is in third with 339 points.

Cal benefited from a 1-2-3-4 finish in the 100-yard breastroke, led by senior Damir Dugonjic (51.88), who defended his Pac-10 title for the third year in a row. Junior Nolan Koon took second (52.54), senior Nick Ferrif took third (52.77) and senior Martti Aljand finished fourth (52.81), earning Cal 68 points.

The Bears also managed to take first in the 400 medley relay (3:05.29), touching out Stanford (3:07.20), defending their title from 2010.

Sophomore Tom Shields failed to defend his Pac-10 title in the 100 butterfly, losing to Stanford's Austin Staab (44.66). Shields did manage to bounce two events later in the 100 backstroke, taking first (45.65), which put Cal atop the team standings.

However, the Cardinal placed divers in the 3-meter top eight to vault them back over the Bears on the leader boards.

Cal will look to overtake the Cardinal in the final day of competition today. Stanford has won the Pac-10 title for the past 29 years.

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