No. 10 Cal holds off No. 11 UCLA

Jan. 29, 2005

BERKELEY - The No. 10 Cal women's swimming and diving team completed a sweep of the Southern California schools, with a 161-139 defeat of visiting No. 11 UCLA at Spieker Aquatics Complex Saturday. The Golden Bears, who improve to 9-1 overall and 5-1 in the Pac-10, were victorious over No. 18 USC Friday. UCLA falls to 5-3, 2-3.

For the third straight year, the Bear-Bruin showdown came down to the final event. Saturday, the Bears took first and third in the 200-yard freestyle relay to ensure the win. The team of senior Keiko Amano, senior Lauren Medina, freshman Genevieve Patterson and junior Ashley Chandler finished first in 1:34.58, edging out the Bruins, who clocked a 1:34.75 second-place finish. Cal recorded seven other first-place finishes on the day.

'It was a good win,' said Cal assistant coach Whitney Hite. 'UCLA is a good team. They're ranked right behind us. They always give us a good meet. They're a good dual meet team, and we always have to swim our best to beat them.'

Cal's first-place finishers are as follows: the 200 medley relay team of sophomore Sherry Tsai, Patterson, senior Emma Palsson and freshman Emily Silver (1:42.43), junior Helen Silver in the 100 backstroke (54.93) and 200 backstroke (1:58.79), Emily Silver in the 50 freestyle (23.31) and 100 freestyle (50.70), Patterson in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.69) and Chandler in the 500 freestyle (4:50.98). All of these times are NCAA B qualifying marks. Helen Silver's time in the 100 backstroke is the fastest by a Cal swimmer this season.

'We swam well today,' Hite said. 'We swam better today than we did yesterday. From top to bottom, we did very well.'

The Bears have next weekend off and resume competition when No. 5 Stanford visits Berkeley on Feb. 12. Meet time is set for 12 noon at Spieker Aquatics Complex.

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