No. 1 Bears Host Pacific

Nov. 1, 2006

BERKELEY - The top-ranked California women's swimming team (3-0, 1-0 Pac-10) hosts non-conference opponent Pacific (0-0) at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3, at Spieker Aquatics Complex.

There will be no diving in the meet with Pacific.

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.

Last Time Out:
Cal Routs Spartans, Beat Cougars
The Bears swept two home dual meets this past week, routing San Jose State, 204-084, on Friday and beating Washington State, 158-102, on Saturday.

Against the Spartans, Cal won all 16 events, with some Bears swimmers capturing first place in non-traditional specialties.

Sophomore Jessica Hardy, a world-class breaststroker, won both the 100 (51.71) and 200 freestyle (1:52.33) events. Junior Emily Silver, an All-American in the 50- and 100-frees, won the 1000 free (10:16.37) and 200 back (2:06.18).

In all, five Bears won two individual events each, with freshman diver Samantha Young winning both the one- (261.62) and three-meter (274.13) springboards.

The Bears D team of senior Erin Reilly, senior Sherry Tsai, Hardy and senior Lauren Andrews took the 200-free relay (1:36.03) by almost five seconds over the San Jose State A relay (1:41.02). The Cal D quartet of Andrews, senior Annie Babicz, Reilly and senior Nadia Staubitz edged the Cal C foursome of freshman Heather White, Ellis, freshman Courtney Eronemo and Larson by a tenth of a second, 3:58.20-3:58.30.

Cal won 11 of 14 events against Washington State on Saturday; there was no diving.

Andrews was the only multiple individual winner for Cal, capturing the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 56.76 seconds and the 200 backstroke in 2:01.22. Both times were season bests for Andrews. Her 200 time was an NCAA B qualifying mark.

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 Tigers
This will be the first dual meet of the season for Pacific, which took third place out of four teams in its own TYR Pacific Invitational Oct. 20-21 in Stockton, Calif. USC was first (1,203 points), Washington (690.5) was second, Pacific (630.5) was third and UC Davis (312) was fourth.

Junior Ja-Neil Bragg earned Big West Swimming and Diving Athlete of the Week after claiming both the 200- (2:02.85) and 400-yard (4:18.41) individual medleys. Bragg was also on three Pacific relays that took third place each: 200-free relay (1:38.53), 400-free relay (3:34.42) and 800-free relay (7:40.94).

Greg Meehan is in his second season as head coach of both the Pacific men's and women's swimming programs.