Bears Finish Second at Georgia Invitational

Dec. 5, 2004

ATHENS, Georgia - The No. 8 ranked University of California women's swimming program finished second (893 points) at the Georgia Invitational today, the final day of competition. The Golden Bears were second only to the host and No. 1 ranked Bulldogs.

In Sunday's competition, junior Helen Silver recorded an NCAA-automatic qualifying time in the 200-yard backstroke preliminary (1:57.58) before finishing second with a 1:59.23 time in the final. Freshmen Lauren Andrews, Emily Verdin, and sophomore transfer Sherry Tsai all recorded B-cut times. Both Andrews (2:02.16, 5th)and Verdin (2:02.41, 7th) finished in the top eight in the final. of the event.

Freshman Emily Silver recorded an A-cut time in the 100 freestyle preliminary of 46.69 before going on to finish second in the final at 50.06. Teammate Lauren Medina recorded a B-cut time of 51.07 in the preliminary.

Sophomore Annie Babicz finished second in the 200 breaststroke final (2:18.77) and recorded a B-cut time in the preliminary (2:16.72). Freshman Genevieve Patterson finished fifth (2:19.77).

Sophomore Erin Reilly finished second in the 1650 freestyle (16:47.42) and junior Kate Tiedeman finished fourth (16:51.54), both B cut times.

Freshman Rachel Ridgeway finished third in the women's 200 butterfly (2:02.70) and recorded a B-cut time of 2:00.64 in the preliminary.

The 400 freestyle relay team of Tsai, Andrews, Emily Silver, and Medina finished second with a B-cut time of 3:22.94.

Sophomore Lila Korpell finished seventh (245.95) and senior Tara Capsuto finished eighth (197.70) in the platform diving competition.

The Bears next action comes Jan. 21 at Arizona.

Georgia Invitational Final StandingsWomen:Georgia, 1288California, 893Minnesota, 597Florida State, 472Notre Dame, 272Michigan State, 247Emory, 90Virginia Tech (divers only), 48

Cal FinishersGeorgia Fall Invitational - 12/5/2004(Prelims followed by Finals)

Women 1650 Yard Freestyle Finals 2 Reilly, Erin, 16:47.42 4 Tiedeman, Kate, 16:51.54 8 Cotton, Jessica, 17:07.61

Women 200 Yard Backstroke Finals 2 Silver, Helen, 1:59.23 1:57.58 A+ 5 Andrews, Lauren, 2:02.16 2:01.51 B 7 Verdin, Emily, 2:02.41 2:01.77 B 9 Tsai, Sherry, 2:02.88 1:59.82 B12 Morelli, Lisa, 2:03.86 2:03.8219 Staubitz, Nadia, 2:06.07 2:04.5520 Ng, Amy, 2:06.40 2:05.49

Women 100 Yard Freestyle Finals 2 Silver, Emily 50.06 49.69 A17 Medina, Lauren 52.28 51.07 B18 Amano, Keiko 52.18 51.62

Event 36 Women 200 Yard Breaststroke Finals 2 Babicz, Annie, 2:18.77 2:16.72 B 5 Patterson, Genevieve, 2:19.77 2:18.33 9 Miller, Marcelle, 2:20.40 2:19.1610 Calder, Erin, 2:20.56 2:20.9515 O'Neal, Catherine, 2:25.15 2:23.59

Women 200 Yard Butterfly Finals 3 Ridgeway, Rachel, 2:02.70 2:00.64 B 9 Chandler, Ashley, 2:06.04 2:03.2610 Reilly, Erin, 2:07.08 2:03.86 16 Morelli, Lisa, 2:07.90 2:07.53

Women Platform Diving

7 Korpell, Lila, 245.95 8 Capsuto, Tara, 197.70

Women 400 Yard Freestyle Relay Finals 2 University of California-Berke 'A' 3:22.94 B 1) Tsai, Sherry SO 2) Andrews, Lauren SO 3) Silver, Emily FR 4) Medina, Lauren SR 6 University of California-Berke 'B' 3:26.61 1) Verdin, Emily FR 2) Silver, Helen JR 3) Reilly, Erin SO 4) Amano, Keiko SR 9 University of California-Berke 'C' x3:29.36 1) Palsson, Emma SR 2) Stravers, Kelly FR 3) Ridgeway, Rachel FR 4) Chandler, Ashley JR

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