No. 4 Cal Leads Georgia Invite After Day 1
Dec. 1, 2006
ATHENS, Ga. - Fourth-ranked California won both relays and two individual events to take first place with 315 points on Friday, the first day of the Georgia Fall Invitational held at Gabrielsen Natatorium at the University of Georgia. Also tonight, the Golden Bears automatically qualified for two NCAA events with two winning times.
The Cal quartet of sophomore Jessica Hardy, senior Erin Reilly, junior Emily Silver and sophomore Dana Vollmer opened the finals by winning the 200-yard freestyle relay in an NCAA B qualifying time of 1:31.35 seconds.
Hardy won the 200 individual medley in a personal-best time of 2:00.71 (NCAA B) after taking second place in the morning preliminary. Junior teammate Rachel Ridgeway was third in 2:01.11 (NCAA B), Silver was fourth (2:01.64, NCAA B) and freshman teammate Heather White was fifth (2:03.34, NCAA B).
Vollmer became the second Bear to automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships this season when she won the 50 free in 22.68. Silver was sixth in 23.50.
After winning the 500 free prelim this morning, Vollmer had Cal's best finish in the final, taking fourth place in a time of 4:46.15 (NCAA B). Freshman teammate Blake Hayter was seventh in 4:50.88 (NCAA B) in the race, won by Georgia's Claire Maust (4:42.44, NCAA A).
Cal sophomore Lauren Rogers, Hardy, Vollmer and Silver won the last event of the finals, taking the 400-medley relay in an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 3:36.05.
Day 2 of the Georgia Fall Invitational begins tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. ET with Saturday prelims.
Georgia Fall Invitational
Day 1 Standings
1. Univ of California Berkeley 315
2. University of Georgia 293
3. University of Minnesota 266
4. University of Missouri 171
5. Harvard University-Women 94
6. Georgia Tech 60