Stanford Extends Lead After Day Three Of Pac-10 Championships

Feb. 25, 2005

By George Edgar
Special to The Seattle Times

FEDERAL WAY - California freshman Emily Silver splashed her way to victory in the 200 yard freestyle last night at the Pac-10 women's swimming championships at the King County Aquatics Center.

Silver, from Bainbridge Island, came from fourth place halfway through the race and finished in a time of 1 minute, 47.61 seconds. Her time and victory automatically qualify her for the NCAA championships next month at Purdue University.

Stanford has a commanding lead in the team standings with 1060 points. Arizona is in second with 825 points.

Cal coach Teri McKeever said that the 200 free was a new race for Emily. 'She was trying a new strategy, just go out easy, then bring it home,' McKeever said. 'She did a great job of executing her race strategy, and it ended up in victory.'

Silver was in an outside lane for the race after finishing 5th in the morning preliminaries.

'I was just trying to take it out lighter than in the morning,' she said afterwards. 'I didn't want to die the last 100.:

Jessica Hayes of Arizona finished second in 1:46.77, while Cal's Lauren Medina took third in 1:47.17.

Emily's older sister Helen, a junior for the Golden Bears, finished 6th in the 100 backstroke. The two of them later teamed up with Annie Babicz and Leann Toomey for a third place finish in the 400 medley relay.

Emily Silver's victory was one of three victories by freshmen last night in Federal Way.

Arizona State freshman Caitlin Andrew pulled a mild upset in the 100 butterfly as she defeated defending champion Dana Kirk of Stanford.

Andrew, from San Antonio, Texas, passed Kirk, from nearby Bremerton, Washington, in the last 25 yards and won in a time of 52.64 seconds. Kirk touched the wall in second place in 52.90. Andrew later took third place in the 100 backstroke.

'She's been coming on strong and swimming real well,' said ASU coach Michael Chasson of Andrew.'She's a relative rookie compared to the others in the race. But she stepped up and did a great job.'

Stanford freshman Caroline Bruce won her second title of the meet as she and junior Kristin Caverly led a 1-2 Cardinal finish in the 400 individual medley. Bruce won in a time of 4:10.31, and Caverly came in second in 4:10.83. Arizona senior Emily Mason led for the first half of the race before Bruce and Caverly overtook her on the breaststroke leg. Mason finished in third place in 4:12.10.

Bruce had won the 200 IM earlier in the week.

UCLA's Katie Arnold shared her victory in the 100 backstroke with Arizona sophomore Marshi Smith, as they both finished in an identical time of 53.22 seconds. Smith led after 50 yards, but Arnold caught her in the final lap.

California sophomore Annie Babicz won the 100 breaststroke title in 1:01.12, edging Agnes Kovacs of Arizona State at the wall. Kovacs, who won a gold medal in the 200 meter breaststroke representing Hungary in the 2000 Olympics, finished in 1:01.31.

'That's pretty impressive,' McKeever said. 'She's been working very hard from last year, consistently day in and day out. It's nice to see her rewarded for her consistent efforts.'

Stanford finished the day as Brooke Bishop, Bruce, Kirk, and Lacey Boutwell, swam to victory in the 400 medley relay in 3:35.87.

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