No. 7 Cal Defeats No. 18 USC

Jan. 28, 2005

BERKELEY - Cal's No. 7 women's swimming and diving team turned in a 175.5-124.5 win against the No. 18 USC Trojans Friday at Spieker Aquatics Complex. Cal improves to 8-1 overall and 4-1 in Pac-10 competition. USC falls to 1-3-1, 0-2-1. The Bears now hold a 15-11 series advantage against USC.

'USC is a good team. They gave us some great racing,' said Cal assistant coach Whitney Hite. 'USC is going to be better than 18th in the nation this year.

'We're continuing to swim better,' Hite continued. 'We were better than we were at ASU, and we need to be better tomorrow against UCLA. They're a very good team, and they're going to be motivated. Tomorrow is going to be another opportunity to swim back-to-back days.'

The Golden Bears won 10 events, led by freshman Emily Silver, who took first three times, and junior Helen Silver, who finished first twice. Helen and Emily are sisters.

Emily Silver took first in the 50-yard freestyle (23.33), 100 freestyle (50.75) and 200 freestyle (1:48.85). All three are NCAA B qualifying times. Helen Silver won the 200 backstroke in an NCAA A qualifying time of 1:58.00 and the 100 backstroke in an NCAA B qualifying time of 55.14.

Sophomore Sherry Tsai placed first in the 200 IM in an NCAA B qualifying time of 2:02.85. Sophomore Anne Babicz won the 100 breaststroke in an NCAA B qualifying time of 1:02.90, and freshman Genevieve Patterson took first in the 200 breaststroke (2:19.36).

The 200 medley relay team of Tsai, Patterson, Babicz and senior Lauren Medina won the event in 1:44.37, and Cal sophomore Lauren Andrews, freshman Kelly Stavers, senior Keiko Amano and Emily Silver took first in the 400 freestyle relay. The winning time for the 400 freestyle relay was not available after the meet.

The Bears continue Pac-10 competition Saturday when the No. 11 UCLA Bruins visit Spieker Aquatics Complex in Berkeley. Meet time is set for 12 noon.

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