No. 9 Cal Heads to Pac-10 Championships

Feb. 22, 2005

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Date.......Wednesday-Saturday, Feb. 23-26, 2005
Place......Federal Way, Wash.
Time.......All Day

No. 9 Cal heads in to the Pac-10 Championships, held Wednesday-Saturday in Federal Way, Wash., as the third-highest ranked team in the conference. The Golden Bears (9-2 overall, 5-2 Pac-10) sit behind No. 5 Stanford (7-1, 5-0) and No. 6 Arizona (9-2, 6-1), the only two teams to have defeated Cal this season. The Pac-10 also includes four other Top 25 squads, No. 11 UCLA (6-3, 3-3), No. 15 Arizona State (5-4-1, 1-4-1), No. 20 USC (1-5-1, 0-4-1) and No. 21 Washington (13-4, 2-2).

Cal finished fourth in the 2004 meet, and the Bears are the defending champions in the 800 freestyle relay and the 400 freestyle relay.

For credentials or other media information, the Oregon State sports information office is the media contact for the 2005 Pac-10 Women's Swimming Championships. Michael Laport, the swimming contact at Oregon State, can be reached at (541) 737-8588 or at Results will be available both on the Oregon State website at, and at

Tickets can be purchased at the championship site, Weyerhaeuser King Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash. An all-session pass for an adult is $25 and $15 for a student or senior. One-day passes are available for $10 for adults and $5 for students or seniors.

Cal has gotten to this point in the season thanks to a number of outstanding swimmers. Five Golden Bears and one relay team have posted NCAA `A' automatic qualifying times, while 15 individuals and four relays have made the cut for NCAA `B' provisional qualifying times.

Those posting `A' times are: senior Lauren Medina in the 200 free (1:47.17), sophomore Erin Reilly in the 200 free (1:47.58), junior Helen Silver in the 200 back (1:57.58), sophomore Annie Babicz in the 100 breast (1:01.77) and freshman Emily Silver in the 100 free (49.69) and the 200 free (1:47.35). The 800 free relay squad of junior Ashley Chandler, Reilly, Emily Silver and Medina, posted a time of 7:10.10 earlier this season.

NCAA `B' marks were clocked by: Emily Silver in the 50 free (22.93); sophomore Lauren Andrews in the 100 free (50.83), 200 free (1:50.17) and 200 back (2:01.51); Medina in the 100 free (51.07) and 500 free (4:49.02); Chandler in the 200 free (1:48.15) and 500 free (4:47.05); Reilly in the 500 free (4:46.16) and 1650 free (16:42.42); junior Kate Tiedeman in the 1650 free (16:51.54); Babicz in the 100 fly (55.30), 200 breast (2:16.21) and 200 IM (2:03.44); freshman Rachel Ridgeway in the 200 fly (2:00.64); Helen Silver in the 100 back (54.93) and 200 IM (2:02.32); sophomore Sherry Tsai in the 100 back (55.22), 200 back (1:59.27), 200 IM (2:02.62) and 400 IM (4:22.21); freshman Emily Verdin in the 100 back (56.01), 200 back (1:59.78), 200 IM (2:03.28) and 400 IM (4:22.24); senior Lisa Morelli in the 200 back (2:01.26); freshman Genevieve Patterson in the 100 breast (1:02.66) and 200 breast (2:17.21); senior Marcelle Miller in the 200 breast (2:18.15); senior Amy Ng in the 400 IM (4:22.33).

Relay teams that notched NCAA `B' times are: the 200 free team of Andrews, Emily Silver, and seniors Keiko Amano and Emma Palsson (1:33.17); the 400 free team of Tsai, Andrews, Emily Silver and Medina (3:22.94); the 200 medley team of Tsai, Patterson, Palsson and Emily Silver (1:41.59); the 400 medley team with Tsai, Patterson, Babicz and Emily Silver (3:41.99).

Cal opened the fall with decisive victories against Washington, University of British Columbia, Florida State and Oregon State. The wins kept coming as Cal took care of San Jose State and Pacific in mid-November.

A second-place showing at the University of Georgia Invitational Dec. 3-5 further proved the Golden Bears' clout on the national scene, with Cal finishing behind Georgia, the top-ranked squad in the nation.The Bears kept warm in the winter by training in Kona, Hawaii, from Jan. 6-15. While in Hawaii, Cal competed against University of Minnesota to stay fresh.

Opening up the New Year, the Golden Bears suffered their first loss of the season, a 144-99 decision on Jan. 21 at the No. 4 Arizona Wildcats' home pool.

A day later, Cal bounced back to defeat host No. 18 Arizona State by a score of 176-118. The Bears recorded nine victories on the day, led by freshman Emily Silver and junior Ashley Chandler, who posted two individual wins each.

Silver won the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle races in NCAA `B' qualifying times of 23.29 and 50.28 seconds respectively. Chandler took first in the 1,000 freestyle (10:00.09) and the 500 freestyle (4:55.29).Other winners for Cal in Tempe were senior Lauren Medina in the 200 freestyle (1:48.70, NCAA `B'), freshman Rachel Ridgeway in the 200 butterfly (2:02.68), junior Helen Silver in the 200 backstroke (2:00.41, NCAA `B'), 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).

The Bears kept rolling with wins over visiting No. 18 USC and No. 11 UCLA on Jan. 28 and 29, respectively.

In the Bears' 175.5-124.5 win against USC, Cal swimmers won 10 events, led by freshman 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 (1:58.00, NCAA `A') and 100 backstroke (55.14, NCAA `B'). Sophomore Sherry Tsai placed first in the 200 IM (2:02.85, NCAA `B'). Sophomore Annie Babicz won the 100 breaststroke (1:02.90, NCAA `B'), 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. Cal sophomore Lauren Andrews, freshman Kelly Stravers, senior Keiko Amano and Emily Silver took first in the 400 freestyle relay.

When Cal's triumphed over UCLA (161-139), it was the third straight year that the Bear-Bruin meet came down to the final event. 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: 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.

In Cal's final meet, and the Bears' last swim at home, No. 5 Stanford emerged victorious in a 177-128 decision. Winners for Cal were: Emily Silver in the 50-yard freestyle (23.20, NCAA `B'), 100 freestyle (50.52, NCAA `B') and 200 freestyle (1:47.39, NCAA `A'); Helen Silver in the 200 backstroke (1:58.37, NCAA `B'); the 400 freestyle relay team of Andrews, Palsson, Amano and Medina (3:23.91, NCAA `B').

Arizona: The No. 6 Wildcats, who finished 9-2, 6-1, handed Cal one of its two losses this season. Arizona finished third at last year's Pac-10 meet.
Arizona State: The No. 15 Sun Devils went 5-4-1, 1-4-1 on the season, including a loss against Cal. ASU placed fifth at the Pac-10 meet last year.
Oregon State: The Beavers (6-6, 1-5) took seventh at the 2004 Pac-10 meet. Cal defeated Oregon State in the fall.
Stanford: The fifth-ranked Cardinal look to defend the Pac-10 title it won a year ago. Stanford (7-1, 5-0), led by a trio of Olympians --freshman Caroline Bruce and juniors Kristen Caverly and Dana Kirk -- is one of two teams to have defeated Cal this season.
UCLA: The No. 11 Bruins posted a 6-3, 3-3 record, including at loss at Cal. UCLA finished second at last year's conference meet.
USC: The No. 20 Trojans went 1-5-1, 0-4-1 this season, including a defeat against the Golden Bears. USC finished sixth at the 2004 Pac-10s.
Washington: The No. 21 Huskies (13-4, 2-2), who lost to Cal, placed eighth at the conference meet last year.
Washington State: The Cougars turned in a 4-3, 0-2 season. They did not face Cal this year. Washington State took ninth at the conference meet a year ago.

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