Former, Current Cal Swimmers Shine at Janet Evans Invitational

July 18, 2006

Current Cal swimmers Erin Reilly and Jessica Hardy each turned in a first-place performance, while former Cal star Natalie Coughlin set a new meet record and won two other events at the recent Janet Evans Invitational in Los Angeles.

Reilly, who will begin her senior year in the fall, took first in the 100-meter butterfly (LCM) in 1:00.10. Hardy, who completed her freshman year at Cal in the spring, finished first in the 100 breaststroke in 1:07.32. She is the current American record holder in the event (1:06.20)

Coughlin, a five-time Olympic medalist, claimed three titles in the four-day meet, including the 100 freestyle (54.28), the 200 free (1:58.20) and the 100 back (1:07.32). Coughlin's time in the 100 back broke her own record in the event - 1:00.52, which she set in 2002.

Cal swimmers - former and current - notched seven other top-five finishes in the meet, including Reilly in the 200 free (2nd, 2:00.46), senior Sherry Tsai in the 50 free (5th, 26.26), sophomore Lara Pease in the 100 back (3rd, 1:03.600 and recent graduate Helen Silver in the 100 back (5th, 1:03.84). Incoming freshmen made a strong impact, including Blake Hayter in the 800 free (5th, 8:48.43) and 400 free (4:16.65), Allison Wagner in the 100 free (3rd, 57.19)

Complete Results for Cal swimmers follow:

800 free5 Blake Hayter 8:48.43

100 free1 Coughlin, Natalie A 54.283 Wagner, Allison M 57.199 Hardy, Jessica A 57.1817 Reilly, Erin P 56.9218 Tsai, Sherry H 57.7821 Babicz, Annie M 58.68

200 butterfly18 Ridgeway, Rachel E 2:18.62

200 back6 Silver, Helen E 2:17.937 Andrews, Lauren D 2:18.0717 Pold, Anna 2:21.5618 Pease, Lara C 2:22.11

400 freestyle4 Hayter, Blake M M 4:16.65

200 freestyle1 Coughlin, Natalie A 1:58.202 Reilly, Erin P 2:00.46

200 breast10 Hardy, Jessica A 2:34.9012 Babicz, Annie M 2:38.24

50 free5 Tsai, Sherry H 26.2618 Hardy, Jessica A 26.74

400 IM22 Ridgeway, Rachel E 5:02.68

100 butterfly1 Reilly, Erin P 1:00.108 Toomey, Leann E 1:03.5917 Babicz, Annie M 1:02.6519 Ridgeway, Rachel 1:03.36

100 backstroke1 Coughlin, Natalie A 1:00.193 Pease, Lara C 1:03.605 Silver, Helen E 1:03.846 Tsai, Sherry H 1:04.309 Andrews, Lauren D 1:04.35

100 breaststroke1 Hardy, Jessica A 1:07.3210 Babicz, Annie M 1:11.8415 Wagner, Allison M 1:14.32

200IM7 Tsai, Sherry H 2:20.848 Wagner, Allison M 2:21.5617 Cotton, Jessica A 2:23.10

-CalBears.com-

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