No. 9 Cal falls to No. 5 Stanford

Feb. 12, 2005

BERKELEY - The No. 9 Cal women's swimming and diving team closed out the regular season with a 172-128 loss against No. 5 Stanford at Spieker Aquatics Complex, Saturday. The Bears (9-2, 5-2 Pac-10) won five events, and two Cal swimmers notched lifetime best times in the loss.

'They're a heck of a team,' said Cal assistant Whitney Hite of the Cardinal (7-1, 5-0). 'They have national champions and Olympians, and they swam well today. They deserve all the credit in the world.

'We weren't at our best today,' Hite continued. 'The great thing about this is that Stanford put a carrot out there and we know what we're up against. The season isn't over. We have Pac-10s in two weeks and the NCAAs after that. We'll see them again. They raised the bar and gave us something to shoot for. Are we disappointed? Yes. But we'll learn from this and we'll be better.'

Winners for Cal were: freshman Emily Silver in the 50-yard freestyle (23.20, an NCAA B qualifying mark), 100 freestyle (50.52, NCAA B) and 200 freestyle (1:47.39, NCAA A); junior Helen Silver in the 200 backstroke (1:58.37, NCAA B); the 400 freestyle relay team of sophomore Lauren Andrews and seniors Emma Palsson, Keiko Amano and Lauren Medina (3:23.91, NCAA B).

Freshman Emily Verdin set lifetime bests in the 200 backstroke (1:59.78, NCAA B) and the 200 IM (2:03.77, NCAA B), while Andrews notched a lifetime best in the 100 freestyle (50.83, NCAA B).

Saturday was the last home meet for eight Golden Bear seniors, Amano, Erin Calder, Medina, Marcelle Miller, Lisa Morelli, Amy Ng, Palsson and Tara Capsuto.

Stanford was led by freshman Olympian Caroline Bruce, who won three events. She took first in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.19), 200 breaststroke (2:11.08) and the 200 IM (2:00.53). All three are NCAA A qualifying times.

Last year, Cal posted a thrilling 151-149 victory at 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. Stanford holds a 29-3 all-time series record against the Golden Bears.

Cal has a week off and then resumes competition when the Bears travel to Federal Way, Washington for the 2005 Pac-10 Championships. The meet runs from Feb. 23-26. The NCAA Championships will be held in West Lafayette, Indiana on March 17-19.

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