Pacific-10 Conference Women's Swimming Championships

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    WHAT: Pacific-10 Conference Women's Swimming Championships

    WHERE: Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool, Long Beach, Calif.

    WHO: Women's swimming teams from ARIZONA, ARIZONA STATE, CALIFORNIA, OREGON STATE, STANFORD, UCLA, USC, WASHINGTON and WASHINGTON STATE will compete for the 2006 Pac-10 Women's Swimming Championship.

    WHEN: Wednesday through Saturday, February 22-25, 2006; Preliminaries begin at 11:00 a.m. and finals begin at 6 p.m. each evening.

    TICKETS: Tickets for the 2006 Pacific-10 Conference Women's Swimming Championships are available only at the Championship site. An All-Session adult pass is $25, an All-Session student/senior citizen pass is $15. Single-day tickets are available at $10 for adults or $6 for a student/senior citizen. Admission is free on Wed., Feb. 22.

    MEDIA CONTACT: The UCLA sports information office will handle publicity of the 2006 Women's Swimming Championships. Stephanie Sampson, the Bruins' swimming and diving contact, can be reached at (310) 206-4008.

    MEET RESULTS: At the conclusion of each event, results will be faxed to the Pac-10 SID offices. Also, the results will be posted on the Pac-10 web site (www.pac-10.org) on the swimming page, as well as on UCLA's web site (www.uclabruins.com). Please contact Katie Cavender at the Pacific-10 Conference office for more information.

    THE PARTICIPANTS

    Pac-10 Notes: The 2006 Pac-10 Championships feature some of the top teams in the country ... The latest CSCAA-Top 25 poll includes five Pac-10 teams who rank in the Top-10: No. 3 CAIFORNIA, No. 4 UCLA, No. 6 STANFORD, No. 7 ARIZONA and No. 10 USC ... Seven 2005 individual Pac-10 champions are back to defend their nine crowns ... They are ARIZONA STATE's Caitlin Andrew (100-yard buttefly), California's Annie Babicz (100-Yard Breaststroke) and Emily Silver (200-yard freestyle), Stanford's Caroline Bruce (200-yard breaststroke, 200-yard IM, and 400-yard IM) and Dana Kirk (200-yard butterfly), UCLA's Katie Arnold (100-yard Backstroke) and USC's Kalyn Keller (1,650-Yard Freestyle) ... Two NCAA individual champions will take the pool at the Pac-10s. In 2005, Arizona's Marshi Smith won an NCAA title in the 100-yard backstroke, as did Stanford's Bruce in the 100 and 20-yard breaststrokes ... Team results at last year's NCAA's found four Pac-10 teams in the Top-10. Arizona placed third, followed by No. 5 Stanford, No. 8 California and No. 10 USC ... Two other teams placed in the Top-20, No. 12 ARIZONA STATE and No. 18 UCLA.

    School Notes: No. 7 ARIZONA's only two losses came to third-ranked Stanford and No. 6 California. The Wildcats have finished in the Top-5 at the Pac-10 Championships every year since 1996. The women last won the team championships in 2000, but have consecutively posted at least one individual champion each year since 1997 ... ARIZONA STATE placed 12th at the 2005 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships in West Lafayette, Ind., marking the team's fourth straight Top-15 finish. Sophomore Caitlin Andrew, the reigning Pac-10 Champion in the 100-yard butterful, looks to repeat, as she won the event in seven meets this season ... Third-ranked CALIFORNIA goes into this year's Pac-10 championships undefeated for the second time in three years. The Bears lead the nation in five events, including the 500-yard freestyle, the 100-yard breaststroke, the 400-yard freestyle relay, the 200-yard medley relay and the 800-yard freestyle relay. Cal ranks in the Top-10 in 10 events overall. Senior Ashley Candler set a Cal record in the 1,000-yard freestyle (9:45.32) against Stanford, in addition to record the nation's leading time in the 500-yard freestyle, touching in 4:42.71 ... OREGON STATE broke its 25-year losing streak against Washington in the Beavers' final dual meet of the season. The win came down to the final event of the meet, the 400-yard freestyle relay, before a full house in Corvallis ... No. 6 STANFORD is the defending Conference champion and has won 16 of the 19 Pac-10 Championships contested ... Caroline Bruce, the 2005 Pac-10 Swimmer and Newcomer of the Year, looks to defend the three Pac-10 Championships she collected last year in the 200-yard breaststroke, the 200-yard IM and the 400-yard IM ... No. 4 UCLA was led by senior Kim Vandenberg, who went undefeated in the 200-yard butterfly in dual meet competitions this season. Vandenberg has lost just once in her career, to Olympian and former USC swimmer Kaitlin Sandeno ... No. 10 USC has come away with at least one championship in 12 straight years. Junior Kalyn Keller is the Pac-10's two-time defending champion in the 1650-yard freestyle and enters this year's championship with the fastest time in the Conference this year. Freshman Rebecca Soni earned Conference Swimmer of the Month honors in October after winning the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststrokes in the University of Pacific invite, her first collegiate meet ... WASHINGTON is led by senior Sharon Olson, who owns seven school records, including the 500-yard and 1,000-yard freestyles and the 200-yard IM. Sophomore Cailyn Shortt leads the Huskies all-time list in the 100-yard breaststroke and appears on UW's all-time Top-10 list four times ... WASHINGTON STATE is led by three seniors, including Jane Copland, who currently ranks on the Cougars' all-time Top-10 in five events. She owns the second-best time in both the 200-yard breaststroke and 200-yard IM and is a member of the 800-yard freestyle relay team that currently holds the school record. Junior Erin McCleave's time of 4:45.82 in the 500-yard freestyle at the Minnesota Invitational broke a meet record (4:45.99), previously held by Olympic Gold Medalist Carly Piper. The time also broke a school record (4:53.53), which was set by Becca Cohen in 2002.

    2005 TEAM RESULTS
    1. Stanford 1,499.0
    2. Arizona 1,237.0
    3. California 1,088.5
    4. UCLA 986.0
    5. USC 954.5
    6. Arizona State 926.5
    7. Oregon State 504.5
    8. Washington 468.0
    9. Washington State 324.0

    2005 INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONS
    50-Yard Freestyle Lacey Boutwell, STAN 22.63
    100-Yard Freestyle Lacey Boutwell, STAN 48.85
    200-Yard Freestyle Emily Silver, CAL 1:46.71
    500-Yard Freestyle Emily Mason, ARIZ 4:41.21
    1,650-Yard Freestyle Kalyn Keller, USC 16:12.80
    100-Yard Backstroke Katie Arnold, UCLA 53.32
    Marshi Smith, ARIZ 53.32
    200-Yard Backstroke Jo Fargus, USC 1:55.87
    100-Yard Breaststroke Annie Babicz, CAL 1:01.12
    200-Yard Breaststroke Caroline Bruce, STAN 2:09.76
    100-Yard Butterfly Caitlin Andrew, ASU 52.64
    200-Yard Butterfly Dana Kirk, STAN 1:54.89
    200-Yard IM Caroline Bruce, STAN 1:58.40
    400-Yard IM Caroline Bruce, STAN 4:10.31

    2005 RELAY CHAMPIONS
    200-Yard Freestyle Relay Arizona 1:30.07*
    400-Yard Freestyle Relay Arizona 3:18.01
    800-Yard Freestyle Relay California 7:08.37
    200-Yard Medley Relay Stanford 1:39.69
    400-Yard Medley Relay Stanford 3:35.87

    *Pac-10 Meet Record
    ! Pac-10 Record
    @ American Record

    2006 NCAA Championships: The NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships will take place Thurs., March 16 through Sat., March 18 at the Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Ga. For tickets, call (706) 542-1231.

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