No. 10 Cal Hosts No. 5 Stanford

Feb. 7, 2005

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Cal vs. Stanford -- Saturday, Feb. 12, 12 noon, Spieker Aquatics Complex

CAL LOOKS TO DEFEND HOME TURF IN BIG MEET
Cal hosts Stanford on Saturday at 12 noon to close out the regular season. It is the final home meet for seven Golden Bear seniors. There will be a short ceremony before the meet recognizing them.

Both Cal and Stanford come off a Southern California sweep Jan. 28-29, when the Golden Bears (9-1 overall, 5-1 Pac-10) and Cardinal (6-1, 4-0) both proved to be superior to visiting No. 11 UCLA and No. 18 USC. Stanford and Cal have each suffered just one loss this season. The Bears fell at No. 4 Arizona on Jan. 21, while Stanford stumbled against then-No. 6 Texas on Oct. 30. The Cardinal are perfect against conference opponents this season.

Following the meet, there will be an alumni and donor reception in the Haas Pavilion Club Room. The cost is $10.

THE RIVALRY
Last year, Cal posted a thrilling 151-149 victory over host Stanford. It was the first time the Bears had defeated the Cardinal since 1976, and it was only the third time Cal has ever beaten Stanford. Heading into the final event, the Golden Bears trailed by seven points but made up the deficit with first- and third-place finishes in the 400-meter freestyle relay. Stanford holds a 28-3 all-time series record against the Golden Bears.

SCOUTING THE CARDINAL
Stanford finished fifth at last year's NCAA championships, just 1.5 points ahead of the sixth-place Golden Bears. This year, the Cardinal feature three Olympians, freshman Caroline Bruce and juniors Kristen Caverly and Dana Kirk. At the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Kirk was ninth in the 200-meter butterfly, Caverly was 17th in the 200 backstroke, and Bruce posted a ninth-place finish in the 200 breaststroke.

Stanford has a 4-0 mark against conference competition this season. Last weekend, the Cardinal defeated USC, 193-103, and UCLA, 174-126. Earlier, Stanford beat both Arizona, 165-135, and Arizona State, 177-117.For more information on Stanford, visit www.gostanford.com.

LAST COMPETITION
Last weekend, Cal defeated No. 11 UCLA, 161-139, and No. 18 USC,175.5-124.5. The Bear-Bruin showdown came down to the final event, and the Bears took first and third in the 200-yard freestyle relay to ensure the win. The team of seniors Keiko Amano, Lauren Medina, and Emma Palsson and freshman Kelly Stravers finished first in 1:34.58, edging out the Bruins, who clocked a 1:34.75 second-place showing. Cal recorded seven other first-place finishes on the day.

Cal's first-place finishers were as follows: the 200 medley relay team of Palsson, sophomore Sherry Tsai, and freshmen Genevieve Patterson and 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 junior Ashley 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.

Against USC, the Golden Bears won 10 events, led by Emily Silver, who took first three times, and Helen Silver, who finished first twice.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. 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 Patterson took first in the 200 breaststroke (2:19.36). The 200 medley relay team of Tsai, Patterson, Babicz and Medina won the event in 1:44.37, and Cal sophomore Lauren Andrews, freshman Kelly Stravers, senior Keiko Amano and Emily Silver took first in the 400 freestyle relay in 3:28.10.

2004-05 NEWCOMERS
Cal features five newcomers who competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials and one new Olympian. Sophomore transfer Sherry Tsai represented her native Hong Kong at the 2004 Athens Games and the 2000 Sydney Games. Tsai comes to Berkeley from Orange Coast College, a junior college in Costa Mesa, Calif. Freshman Jessica Cotton of Stockton, Calif. finished 47th in the 800-meter freestyle (9:10.19) at the U.S. Olympic Trials. She was joined in Long Beach by Oregonian Genevieve Patterson, who claimed 26th in the 100-meter breast (1:12.33) and freshman Leann Toomey of Sammamish, Washington who finished 70th in the 100-meter fly (1:04.31). Another Pacific Northwest freshman, Emily Silver, sister of junior Helen Silver competed in two events at the Trials, seizing 15th in the 50-meter free (26.09) and 30th in the 100-meter free (57.28).

2003-04 RECAP
Cal claimed sixth place at the 2004 NCAA Championships (235.5 points). The Top 10 finish was highlighted by a national title in the 800-meter freestyle relay and two individual national titles in the 100-meter backstroke and 100-meter butterfly, both won by Natalie Coughlin. Coughlin led off on the 800-meter freestyle national championship squad, followed by Erin Reilly, Ashley Chandler, and Lauren Medina (7:50.94). Cal sent 15 athletes to the NCAA Championships, its most ever, and 11 of them earned All-American.

Cal finished fourth at the Pac-10 Championships held in Long Beach, CA, Feb. 25-28 as a team, but claimed several Pac-10 titles. Cal's 1,117.5 points were close behind third-place Arizona (1,221.5), second-place UCLA (1,329) and first-place Stanford (1,380), demonstrating the parity in the upper echelon of the conference. Cal was over 250 points ahead of its next competitor, fifth-place Arizona State, which finished with 863 points. Coughlin won three individual Pac-10 titles, in the 200 IM, 100 backstroke, and 100 freestyle. Coughlin set a school and conference record with her 1:54.95 time, the second-fastest 200 IM in NCAA history. In the relays, Cal's 800 freestyle relay team (Reilly, Chandler, then-senior Micha Burden, and Medina) set a new school and Pac-10 record in the event. The Golden Bears had not won the Pac-10 800 relay title since 1988. The 400 freestyle relay team also took home a Pac-10 title, as Coughlin, then-senior Danielle Becks, Burden, and Medina teamed up to finish the event in 3:18.25.

Cal finished the 2003-04 season undefeated, 9-0 in dual meets. The ninth win required an upset of rival Stanford for the first time since 1976. Up to the challenge, the Golden Bears won a thrilling meet, 151-149 at Stanford's Avery Aquatics Center. It was only the third time Cal ever beat Stanford.

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