No. 1 Bears Host San Jose State, Washington State at Spieker

Oct. 24, 2006

The top-ranked California women's swimming and diving team (2-0) opens its home portion of the season when it hosts San Jose State (1-5) and Pac-10 foe Washington State (3-0) in dual meets this week. The Golden Bears take on the Spartans at 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27, and face the Cougars at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, at Spieker Aquatics Complex.

The Bears are coming off a bye week after opening its season the week prior with wins over Northwestern and Minnesota.

National Ranking
The latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America national poll ranks Cal, with 239 points, at No. 1 in the nation. Florida, with 230 points, is No. 2 and Auburn (226) is No. 3. Three other Pac-10 teams - No. 4 Arizona, No. 6 Stanford and No. 7 Southern California - are in the top 10. UCLA is at No. 12.

The CSCAA conducts a top 25 poll, 10 times throughout the season, of all Division I swimming and diving programs. A panel of 16 Division I assistant and head coaches votes on the poll.

Scouting the Spartans
San Jose State has a 1-5 dual-meet record, after a win over UC Santa Cruz and losses to Stanford, 109-30, Oregon State, 99-39, UC Davis, 169-131, Washington State, 181-77, and Idaho, 111.5-91.5.

In its most recent meet, against Idaho, the Spartans had just 11 swimmers available to compete against the Vandals and did not have the depth to prevail despite winning six of 11 events. San Jose State freshman Hannah Tringham won the 200-yard butterfly (2:09.03) and, a few minutes later, won the 500 freestyle (5:17.48).

Sage Hopkins is in his first year as full-time head coach of San Jose State, after serving as the interim head coach in 2004-05.

Scouting the Cougars
Cal opens its Pac-10 season against Washington State (3-0) on Saturday. Last year, Cal beat the Cougars, 168-94, to open the season.

Washington State takes on UC Davis at 1:30 p.m. on Friday in Davis before heading to Berkeley on Saturday.

In the Cougars' most recent win, a 151-50 thrashing of Cal State Northridge, WSU senior Erin McLeave won the 200-yard individual medley (2:08.78) and the 500 freestyle (4:58.31), freshman teammate Michaela Ahlin won the 100 butterfly (57.36) and 200 free (1:55.50) and junior teammate Bryn Moody won the 50 free (54.98) and 100 backstroke (58.97).

WSU has also beaten Idaho, 192-100, and San Jose State, 181-77.

Erica Quam is in her fifth year as head coach of the Cougars.

Last Time Out:
Cal Sweeps Big Ten's Wildcats, Golden Gophers
Cal opened the season by sweeping Big Ten opponents Northwestern and Minnesota earlier this month. The Bears beat the Wildcats, 191-102, on Oct. 12 in Evanston, Ill., The Golden Bears won 13 out of 16 events and set three pool records against Northwestern.

Cal sophomore Jessica Hardy won the 100-yard breaststroke in a Norris record time of 1:01.02, sophomore teammate Dana Vollmer set a record of 1:47.29 in the 200 freestyle and the Bears quartet of Hardy, senior Sherry Tsai, Vollmer and junior Emily Silver set a record of 3:22.49 in the 400-free relay.

The Cal divers also took 1-2 in each of the two springboard events, with Bears freshman Samantha Young (256.73 points, 1 meter; 260.78, 3 meters) winning both boards and freshman teammate Stephanie Whalen taking second (238.50, 1 meter; 229.50, 3 meters).

The next day, Cal beat the Golden Gophers, 188.5-108.5. Vollmer won three individual events for the Bears and was part of the winning 200-yard medley relay against the Gophers. Overall, Cal, which beat won 14 out of 16 events in its first meeting with Minnesota.

Vollmer won the100 freestyle (49.93), 100 butterfly (54.46) and 200 butterfly (2:00.48).

Along with Vollmer, the other Bears who won multiple events included Hardy, who won the 100 breaststroke (1:01.01) and 200 breaststroke (2:14.48), Tsai, who won the 100 backstroke (55.18) and 200 individual medley (2:03.78), and Young, who won the one- (250.73) and three-meter springboard (273.83).

Looking Ahead:
Bears Close Homestand with Pacific Meet
Cal hosts Pacific at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3, in its last home dual meet of 2006; the Bears host three more home dual meets in the New Year. Cal does compete, on the road, at UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 17 and in the Georgia Invitational Dec. 1-3.

The Bears have a 23-2 record in the all-time series with Pacific, including a 155-99 victory on Nov. 11, 2005, in Berkeley. Then-sophomore Emily Silver won both the 100- and 200-yard freestyles against the Tigers.

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