Leading the way for the Cats was the three-time defending Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year, senior Ryk Neethling who captured his third-consecutive crown in the 500-yard free, in a time of 4:14.05. That title brought his career total to six Pac-10 individual titles to go along with his seven NCAA titles. Also scoring points in the 500-yard free was senior Nat Lewis, who finished sixth in time of 4:24.26.
The Cats also gained valuable points in the 200-yard medley relay, as the team of sophomore Roland Schoeman, senior Rob Henikman, senior Coley Stickels and junior Jay Schryver placed fourth (1:21.32).
Schoeman, the nation's fastest sprint freestyle swimmer also finished fourth in the 50-yard free, after clocking a time of 19.76.
Day two of the Pac-10 Championships begin tomorrow with the prelims beginning at 11:00 a.m. and the finals slated for 6:00 p.m.(PST).