July 20, 2006
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - On the heels of his All-American performances at the NCAA Championships in March, UC Santa Barbara swimmer Pat Cary is continuing to make waves this summer, recently enjoying a stellar meet at the Janet Evans Invitational in Los Angeles.
Competing against some of the world's top athletes last weekend at the USC McDonald's Swim Stadium, Cary reached the championship finals in both 100 and 200-meter butterfly competition. On Friday, July 14, the Gaucho senior-to-be placed second in the 200 fly in a time of 2:00.86, trailing only 2004 Olympian Tamas Kerekjarto of Hungary who clocked in at 2:00.15.
Two days later, Cary swam a lifetime best 54.62 in the 100 butterfly finals, finishing sixth in the eight-man field. He was the only American in the race, which was won by Lyndon Ferns of South Africa in a time of 52.59. Also competing was South African Roland Schoeman, a gold medalist in Athens in 400 freestyle relay competition; he placed fourth in Sunday's 100 fly.
Meanwhile 1998 UCSB alum Jason Lezak - a three-time Olympic medalist - made a clean sweep of the sprint freestyle events at the Janet Evans Invitational. He won the 50-meter free in a time of 22.51, while also touching first in 100 competition at 49.04, the fastest mark posted by an American this year.
Cary and Lezak will next hit the water at the USA Swimming National Championships, held Aug. 1-5 in Irvine, Calif. That is Lezak's hometown and a short drive from Trabuco Canyon, Calif., where Cary grew up.