No. 11 Cal Kicks Off NCAA Competition
March 17, 2005
BERKELEY -- The No. 11 Cal women's swimming and diving team posted three top-10 finishes on the first day of the 2005 NCAA Championships, held in West Lafayette, Ind Thursday. The Golden Bears sit in eighth place going into day two.
Junior Ashley Chandler turned in the ninth-best time overall in the 500 free (4:43.33), which was first in the consolation final.
'The 200 free relay, the first event of the day, got the ball rolling nicely,' said Cal assistant Whitney Hite. 'I didn't know if we were going to make it (to the finals), and we got ninth. The medley relay did a nice job, getting in the top eight. That was one of our goals.'
Cal earned 49 points in the first day of competition. Georgia (211) leads the pack, followed by Auburn (137), Arizona (120) and Stanford (108).
'We had a really good day,' said Hite. 'Going in, we were only supposed to score 34 points on day one, and we're at 49 already. Certainly we did a good job, and we're in a good spot.'
Competition continues Friday, with prelims beginning at 11 a.m. (EST) and finals at 7 p.m. (EST). Day two events include the 200 medley relay, 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, 3-meter diving and 800 free relay.