Bears Dominate In Opening Weekend

Oct. 9, 2005

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Cal opened the 2005-06 women's swimming season with two road victories, defeating Washington State, 168-94, Friday and Idaho, 170-84, Saturday.

In the Bears' first Pac-10 win of the season, Cal won 10 of 14 events and posted 1-2-3 finishes in the 100-yard back, 100 butterfly and 200 IM against the Cougars. Sophomore Annie Babicz and freshman Jessica Hardy led the team with two individual wins each.

'It was good to be in a competitive racing situation,' said Cal head coach Teri McKeever. 'It gives us the ability to evaluate where we are and how our training is going so far.'

Hardy took first in the 100 free (51.22) and 50 free (23.88), while Babicz won the 100 fly (56.72) and 200 IM (2:06.64).

Other individual winners for the Bears included: Rachel Ridgeway (1,000 free, 10:24.58), Helen Silver (200 free, 1:52.37), Sherry Tsai (100 back, 57.37), Genevieve Patterson (100 breast, 1:05.38) and Lauren Andrews (200 breast, 2:03.38). Silver's 200 free time is a new Gibb Pool record.

Cal also won the 200 medley relay in 1:46.77 (Emily Silver, Erin Reilly, Jessica Hardy and Natalie LaRochelle).

We had different people stepping up in different events, which will give us the ability to judge what will be our best lineup as we move through the season,' said McKeever.

In the Bears' win at Idaho, Cal placed first in all 14 events. Lauren Rogers, Erin Reilly and Sherry Tsai each won two events.

Rogers picked up victories in both the 1,000 free (10:37.89) and 200 back (2:03.11). Reilly placed first in the 200 free (1:51.71) and 50 free (24.51), while Tsai won the 100 free (51.88) and 100 fly (56.75).

Other winners included: Helen Silver (100 back, 56.85), Genevieve Patterson (100 breast, 1:04.47), Rachel Ridgeway (200 fly, 2:05.07), Hardy (200 breast, 2:19.82), Andrews (500 free, 5:05.96), and Emily Silver (400 IM, 4:28.66).

In the relays, Cal swam the following: 400 medley, 3:51.58 (Helen Silver, Hardy, Annie Babicz and Ashley Chandler); 200 free, 1:38.60 (Leann Toomey, Chandler, Andrews and Reilly).

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