No. 4 Cal Hosts No. 11 USC, No. 14 UCLA
Jan. 16, 2007
BERKELEY - The fourth-ranked California women's swimming and diving team (8-0, 3-0 Pac-10) continues its conference season when it hosts No. 11 Southern California (4-1, 2-1 Pac-10) and No. 14 UCLA (6-1, 2-1 Pac-10) this week. The Golden Bears, coming off a 159-142 upset of No. 2 Arizona, meet the Trojans at on Friday at 1 p.m. and then battle the Bruins at 12 p.m. on Saturday at Spieker Aquatics Complex.
UCLA faces Stanford on Jan. 19 before taking on Cal.
In Cal's previous dual meets with the Los Angeles schools, the Bears beat USC, 157-143, on Jan. 27 and edged UCLA, 154.5-145.5, on Jan. 28 of last year.
In the Rankings
The latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America national poll ranks Cal, with 190 points, at No. 4 in the nation. USC has 142 points at No. 11 and UCLA has 115 at No. 14. Stanford (209) is No. 1.
Last Time Out:Bears Sweep Arizona Schools
Fourth-ranked California defeated Arizona State and Arizona on the road last weekend to keep its record perfect at 8-0 (3-0 Pac-10. On Friday, Jan. 12, Bears junior Emily Silver won the 50-, 100- and 200-yard freestyles and was a member of a winning relay against the Sun Devils.
Cal now has a 15-10-1 record in its all-time series with the Sun Devils.
Silver won the 50 free in a time of 23.20 (NCAA B), the 100 free in a time of 50.30 (NCAA B) and the 200 free in a time of 1:49.84 (NCAA B). She also swam the third leg of Cal's winning 200-free relay, which clocked a 1:32.55 (NCAA B). Sophomore Jessica Hardy, senior Sherry Tsai and sophomore Dana Vollmer, the Pac-10 Swimmer of the Month for December, joined Silver in the relay.
Freshman diver Samantha Young recorded Cal season-highs when she took second on the one-meter springboard (278.55) and also placed second on the three-meter board (306.83) against the Sun Devils.
Against the No. 2 Wildcats on Saturday, Jan. 13, in Tucson, Cal captured eight of 16 events, including victories in both butterfly events by Vollmer, in a 159-142 dual-meet win on a chilly Saturday afternoon at Hillenbrand Aquatic Center.
Cal now has a 16-8 advantage in the all-time series with Arizona.
Vollmer won the 100 fly in 53.92 (NCAA B) and the 200 fly in 1:59.75 (NCAA B). The 2004 Olympic gold medalist was also a member of the winning 400-medley relay. The quartet of Tsai, Hardy, Vollmer and senior Erin Reilly swam a 3:39.78.
Young won the one-meter board (271.30) and took third on the three-meter board (285.15) against Arizona.
Vollmer Named Pac-10 Swimmer of the Month of December
California sophomore Dana Vollmer was named the Pac-10 Swimmer of the Month for December. Vollmer swam five automatic qualifying times for the NCAA Championships as the Golden Bears took second place in the 2006 Georgia Invitational Dec. 1-3, in Athens, Ga. A 2004 U.S. Olympic gold medalist, Vollmer also competed on three Cal relays that notched automatic qualifying times while at the Bulldogs' meet.
At the Georgia Invitational, Vollmer won the 50-yard freestyle in 22.68 (NCAA A, Dec. 1), won the 100 butterfly in 52.71 (NCAA A, Dec. 2) and won the 200 fly in (NCAA A, Dec. 2). She led off Cal's winning 400-free relay in a 100-free time of 49.23 (NCAA A, Dec. 3) and led off Cal's second-place 800-free relay with a 200-free time of 1:46.04 (NCAA A, Dec. 2).
She also swam one individual provisional qualifying time for the NCAA Championships, when she took fourth in the 500 free in 4:46.51 (NCAA B, Dec. 1).
The Granbury, Texas, product helped that 400-free relay (3:17.77, Dec. 3) along with the winning 200-medley relay (1:39.12, Dec. 2) and winning 400-medley relay (3:36.05, Dec. 1) swim automatic NCAA Championship qualifying times in Athens. In addition, she swam on the winning 200-free relay (1:31.35, Dec. 1) and second-place 800-free relay (7:10.52, Dec. 2) that clocked NCAA B qualifying times.
Eleventh-ranked USC has a 4-1 record (2-1 Pac-10) after most recently beating UC Santa Barbara, 149-111, on Jan. 6 in Los Angeles. Sophomore All-American Rebecca Soni won the 200-yard breaststroke (2:17.03) and 400 individual medley (4:24.15) against the Gauchos.
Soni is the defending NCAA and Pac-10 champion the 200 breaststroke. She also won the 100 breaststroke last year, edging runner-up Cal sophomore Jessica Hardy, though Hardy went on to win the NCAA title in that event. Soni was also part of USC's 400-medley relay that won the Pac-10 title in 2006.
U.S. Olympic distance swimmer Kalyn Keller, the sister of former Trojan and U.S. Olympian Klete Keller, is in her senior season at USC. She won the 500 freestyle title at Pac-10s last year and, as a freshman in 2004, won the 1500-meter free NCAA title in an American, NCAA and USC record of 15:49.14.
Dave Salo is in his first year as head coach of USC, which took fifth place at the 2006 NCAA Championships and fourth place at the 2006 Pac-10 Championships in the final year under former head coach Mark Schubert.
UCLA has a 6-1 record (2-1 Pac-10), which includes a 104-57 rout of UC San Diego on Jan. 6 in the Bruins' last home meet of the season. The Bruins won every event in the unconventional meet, which featured the one-meter and three-meter springboards, 400 freestyle and several relays. Junior Shannon Hackett won the 400 free in 4:34.64.
Bruins sophomore Tess Schofield was named the Pac-10 Diver of the Month for December. Schofield won her second platform competition of the year, this time with a win at the Texas Invitational at which she defeated several of the top divers from Texas, Hawaii, Florida, Houston and Stanford on Dec. 2, 2006, in Austin, Texas.
Senior All-American Katie Nelson is the defending Pac-10 champion in the 1650 free and took eighth place in the event at last year's NCAAs, at which UCLA finished 20th. The Bruins were the runner-up to Arizona at Pac-10s.
Cyndi Gallagher, the head coach of the U.S. team at the 2007 World University Games next August, is in her 19th year as head coach of UCLA.
Cal-Los Angeles Connections
USC coach Dave Salo previously led the Irvine Novaquatics club, at which he coached Cal sophomore Jessica Hardy...first-year USC assistant coach and former U.S. Olympic gold medalist Staciana Winfield competed at Cal from 2000-03 under her maiden name, Staciana Stitts.
Cal administrative assistant Kristen Lewis competed at UCLA from 2001-04...Bears sophomore Dana Vollmer was a teammate of UCLA sophomore Silke Nowotzin at Florida in the in 2005-06 season before each transfered to her current school.
Bears Host Stanford
Cal completes its dual-meet season when it hosts rival top-ranked Stanford at 12 p.m. on Feb. 3 at Spieker Aquatics Complex. The Bears beat the Cardinal, 169-131, at Stanford to end the dual-meet season last year.