No. 4 Cal Wins 3 of 4 Prelims on Day 1 of UGa Invite

Dec. 1, 2006

ATHENS, Ga. - Fourth-ranked California won three out of four preliminary events on Friday, the first day of the Georgia Fall Invitational at Gabrielsen Natatorium on the campus of the University of Georgia. Junior Emily Silver won the 200-yard individual medley and 50-yard freestyle and sophomore Dana Vollmer won the 500 freestyle for the Bears, who also got a ninth-place finish in the three-meter springboard from freshman Samantha Young. Today's finals will begin at 5 p.m. ET.

Silver and sophomore teammate Jessica Hardy swam personal-best times to finish 1-2 in the 200 IM. Silver swam a Cal season-best time of 2:00.60 seconds to win the 200 IM. Her time was an NCAA B qualifier and was just eight hundredths of a second off the automatic NCAA qualifying time. Hardy had an NCAA B qualifying time of 2:01.07.

Also in the 200 IM, Cal junior Rachel Ridgeway swam an NCAA B qualifying time, of 2:01.63, to take fourth. Freshman teammate Heather White notched a 2:03.84 (NCAA B) with her sixth-place finish.

In the 50 free, Silver posted a Cal season-best time of 23.02 (NCAA B) to win the prelim and Vollmer, swimming the 50 free for the first time this year, was third in 23.13 (NCAA B).

Vollmer raced to a personal-best time of 4:47.11 (NCAA B) to win the 500 free and freshman teammate Blake Hayter likewise swam a personal best (4:49.56, NCAA B) to finish seventh.

In diving, Young had a score of 229.70 to take ninth and freshman teammate Stephanie Whalen had a 189.80 to finish 13th.

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