Helen Silver Wins 200 Back Title on Final Day of Pac-10 Championships

Feb. 25, 2006

LONG BEACH, Calif. - Senior Helen Silver swam a lifetime best time in the 200-yard backstroke to win the event on the final day of the Pac-10 Women's Swimming and Diving Championships. The No. 3 Cal squad wrapped up competition with six top 5 finishes at Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool.

As a team, the Golden Bears finished fifth with 1082.5 points. Arizona captured the team championship (1325.5) followed by UCLA (1246.5), Stanford (1227) and USC (1162.5).

Silver won the 200 back in a time of 1:55.12. Freshman Lauren Rogers (1:57.86) finished fifth and senior Lauren Andrews (1:58.00) took sixth in the race. Freshman Lara Pease competed in the A consolation (11th, 1:59.91).

Sophomore Emily Silver was second in the 100 free in a season-best time of 48.79. Junior Erin Reilly (49.52) and senior Ashley Chandler (50.26) finished sixth and eighth respectively.

The 400 freestyle relay team of Reilly, Chandler, Andrews and Emily Silver took second in (3:18.01).

Junior Annie Babicz was fifth in the 200 breaststroke, clocking a 2:14.50. Freshman Jessica Hardy was first in the A consolation of the 200 breast in 2:15.23. Sophomore Genevieve Patterson competed in the B consolation, finishing in 2:16.70 (19th).

In the 200 butterfly, sophomore Rachel Ridgeway took fifth, finishing in 2:00.31. Sophomore Leann Toomey swam in the A consolation, clocking a lifetime best of 2:00.99 (10th).

Sophomore Jessica Cotton competed in the B consolation of the 1650, finishing in 17:34.06 (23rd).

The Pac-10 Diving championships wrapped up in Federal Way, Wash. Cal senior Tara Capsuto (18th, 178.50) and freshman Katelyn Prorok (20th, 156.40) competed in the platform event.

Cal swimmers next travel to the 2006 NCAA Championships, which run from March 16-18 in Athens, Georgia.

FINAL TEAM STANDINGS1. Arizona  1325.52. UCLA     1246.53. Stanford 12274. USC    1162.55. California 1082.56. Arizona State 670.57. Oregon State 483.58.  Washington   4149. Washington State 399

DAY 3 Pac-10 Swimming ChampionshipsLong Beach, Calif.

CAL RESULTS 200 Yard Backstroke(championship final 1-8)1 Silver, Helen 1:55.125 Rogers, Lauren 1:57.866 Andrews, Lauren 1:58.00

(A Consolation 9-16)11 Pease, Lara CAL 1:59.91

100 Yard Freestyle(championship final 1-8)2 Silver, Emily 48.796 Reilly, Erin 49.528 Chandler, Ashley 50.26

200 Yard Breaststroke(championship final, 1-8)5 Babicz, Annie 2:14.50

(A Consolation, 9-16)9 Hardy, Jessica 2:15.23

(B Consolation, 17-24)19 Patterson, Genevieve 2:16.70

200 butterfly(championship final, 1-8)5 Ridgeway, Rachel 2:00.31

(A Consolation, 9-16)10 Toomey, Leann 2:00.99

400 freestyle relay2 California 3:18.01

1650 Freestyle(B consolation)23 Cotton, Jessica 17:34.06

Platform Diving at King County Aquatics Center, Federal Way, Wash.18 Capsuto, Tara 178.5020 Prorok, Katelyn 156.40

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