No. 6 Cal Men Swimming Defeats Cal State Bakersfield, 104-81

The No. 6 Cal men's swimming team won the first seven events and then swam the next four races as exhibition, defeating Cal State Bakersfield, 104-81, Saturday afternoon at Spieker Aquatics Complex. The Golden Bears, who topped No. 23 USC, 157-130, on Friday, improved to 5-1 in dual meet competition. Cal will next conclude their 2008-09 regular season Saturday, Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. against Bay Area rival and No. 2-ranked Stanford at Spieker Aquatics Complex.

Sophomore Alex Cushing won two events for the Bears, winning both the 50 (20.72) and 100 free (45.91). Cal had three swimmers produced season-best times as well. Senior John Foster had a season-best time of 9:27.90 in the 1000 free, senior David Russell had a season-best 1:51.83 in the 200 fly and senior Ian Lentz had a season-best 1:50.55 in the 200 IM. Junior college transfer Peter Davis also placed first in the 200 free (1:40.57).

The Bears started the meet by winning the 200 medley relay in a time of 1:31.13 (senior Bennett Clark, freshman Martin Liivamagi, freshman Kevin Nielsen, sophomore Graeme Moore). Swimming as exhibition, junior Aaron Casey had the fastest time in the 500 free (4:34.26) and sophomore Nick Ferrif had the best time in the 200 breast (2:03.09).

"We are content where we are right now," said Cal coach David Durden, who will be looking to lead Cal to its first dual meet victory over Stanford since 2005 when the Bears won 129-114 in Berkeley. "We were really good and sharp. It was a nice weekend for us."