No. 7 Cal Hosts USC, UCLA

Jan. 24, 2005

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Cal vs. USC -- Friday, Jan. 28, 1 p.m., Spieker Aquatics Complex
Cal vs. UCLA -- Saturday, Jan. 29, 12 noon, Spieker Aquatics Complex

Cal (7-1, 3-1 Pac-10) returns home after a 1-1 split in Arizona last weekend, with the Golden Bears continuing conference competition against No. 18 USC and No. 11 UCLA Friday and Saturday.

The Bears and Bruins each have one loss on the season - to No. 4 Arizona. Cal's setback to the Wildcats last Friday snapped a 15-meet winning streak that dated back to Feb. 15, 2003. Cal was a perfect 9-0 last year and won its first six meets this season.

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The Bears own a 14-11 series record against the USC Trojans and a 13-10 advantage over the UCLA Bruins. Last year, Cal defeated USC, 180-80, while the Bears edged out UCLA, 155-145.

Last year's Cal-UCLA meet came down to the final event. The Golden Bears entered the 400-meter freestyle relay leading, 142-141. The Bruins and Bears were neck and neck in the race until Lauren Medina, now a senior for the Bears, touched the wall first for a finish in 3:44.89, which beat out the Bruins' time of 3:45.30.

The Trojans (1-2-1, 0-1-1) come off a 158-108 win against Cal State Bakersfield on Jan. 15. In Pac-10 competition, USC lost to Arizona (186-113, Nov. 19) and tied Arizona State (150-150, Nov. 20).

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The Bruins (5-1, 2-1) most recently defeated UC San Diego, 165-80, on Jan. 15. In conference action, UCLA beat Oregon State (149-108, Oct. 23), Arizona State (174-123, Nov. 19) and narrowly lost to Arizona (149-148, Nov. 20).

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Cal defeated No. 17 ASU, 176-118, on Jan. 22, one day after suffering a 144-99 defeat at fourth-ranked Arizona.

Against ASU, the Golden Bears recorded nine first-place finishes, led by freshman Emily Silver and junior Ashley Chandler, who posted two individual wins each. Silver took the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle races in NCAA B qualifying times of 23.29 and 50.28 seconds, respectively. Chandler claimed first in the 1,000 freestyle in 10:00.09, which is Cal's fastest time in the event this season, and the 500 freestyle (4:55.29).

Other winners for Cal were senior Lauren Medina in the 200 freestyle in an NCAA B qualifying time of 1:48.70, freshman Rachel Ridgeway in the 200 butterfly in 2:02.68, junior Helen Silver in the 200 backstroke in an NCAA B qualifying time of 2:00.41, and sophomore diver Lila Korpell in the 1-meter event with 258.23 points. Medina, Emily Silver, sophomore Lauren Andrews and senior Keiko Amano made up Cal's winning 200-yard freestyle relay team (1:34.02).

Against Arizona, Cal posted two first-place finishes and eight-second place marks in the loss. Medina won the 200 freestyle in an NCAA B qualifying time of 1:49.09. Helen Silver finished first in the 200 backstroke in 1:58.76, another NCAA B qualifying time. Silver missed the NCAA A qualifying time by .52 seconds.

Senior Lisa Morelli, Emily Silver, sophomore Anne Babicz and Chandler all recorded second-place finishes in the following events: Morelli in the 1,000 freestyle (10:06.80), Silver in the 50 freestyle (23.78) and 100 freestyle (50.94), Babicz in the 200 butterfly (2:03.44) and 200 breaststroke (2:19.02), and Chandler in the 500 freestyle (4:58.72). Cal also took second in the 400 medley relay (3:44.05) and in the 400 freestyle relay (3:27.73).

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