No. 11 Cal Takes Third at Pac-10 Championships

Feb. 26, 2005

FEDERAL WAY, Wash.--The No. 11 Cal women's swimming and diving team finished third at the 2005 Pac-10 Championships Saturday. The Bears posted 10 top-10 finishes on the final day of competition.

Stanford won the team championship for the second year in a row, finishing with 1,499 points. Arizona took second with 1,237. Cal tallied 1,088.5 points followed by UCLA (986) and USC (954.5). Last year, the Bears finished fourth.

Freshman Emily Silver clocked an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 49.51 to take second in the 100-yard freestyle. Silver's time puts her at third on Cal's all-time list. Senior Lauren Medina placed eighth in the race in 50.54 (NCAA `B').

The 400 freestyle relay team of sophomore Lauren Andrews, Silver, sophomore Sherry Tsai and Medina clocked a third-place time of 3:20.60 (NCAA `B') to close out the meet.

Junior Helen Silver took fifth in the 200 backstroke in an NCAA `B' time of 1:58.42, which is eighth on the Bears' all-time list. Freshman Emily Verdin followed in seventh (2:00.17, NCAA `B'), and in eighth was Tsai (2:00.68, NCAA `B'). Andrews took second in Heat B to finish tenth overall in 2:00.20.

Sophomore Annie Babicz placed fifth in the 200 breaststroke in an NCAA `B' mark of 2:15.00. Babicz now sits at sixth on Cal's all-time list.

In the 200 fly, freshman Rachel Ridgeway finished eighth in 2:00.75 (NCAA `B'), good for tenth in Cal's all-time records. Junior Ashley Chandler took tenth in the race (2:00.85, NCAA `B').

Other Cal swimmers who competed Saturday are: in the 1,650 free, junior Kate Tiedeman (11th, 16:48.63, NCAA `B') and freshman Jessica Cotton (21st, 17:29.52);in the 200 back, senior Lisa Morelli (12th, 2:00.80, NCAA `B'), senior Amy Ng (19th, 2:03.70) and sophomore Nadia Staubitz (22nd, 2:06.15); in the 100 free, senior Keiko Amano (19th, 51.72); in the 200 breast, senior Marcelle Miller (13th, 2:17.16, NCAA `B') and senior Erin Calder (23rd, 2:21.41); in the 200 fly, freshman Leann Toomey (12th, 2:02.55);

Several Cal swimmers will compete in the Last Chance meet Sunday in hopes of qualifying for the NCAA Championships. The national meet will take place on Mar. 17-19 in West Lafayette, IN.

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