Cal Wins 400-Free Relay, Takes Third at Pac-10 Championships

Feb. 17, 2007

LONG BEACH, Calif. - Third-ranked California won two more titles on Saturday night and finished third at the Pac-10 Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool. The Golden Bears won the 400-yard freestyle relay in record time and Cal junior Emily Silver won the 100-yard freestyle on the last night of the meet. Overall, the Bears finished with 1355 points. Arizona won the meet with 1481.5 points. Stanford was second with 1410.

The Cal A team of senior Erin Reilly, Silver, sophomore Jessica Hardy and sophomore Dana Vollmer won the 400-free relay in a meet- and school-record time of 3:13.60, shattering the old meet record set last season by Arizona by three seconds.

Cal won nine titles, including six individual crowns and three relay victories, over the course of the four-day conference meet and improved on a fifth-place finish at last year's Pac-10 Championships. Vollmer was a part of five Pac-10 wins, including two individual titles (100 butterfly and a tie for first in the 50 free) and three relay victories (800-free relay, 400-medley relay and 400-free relay).

'Dana definitely impressed me,' Cal head coach Teri McKeever said. 'Everything she swam was a lifetime best. She's a very impressive racer. It's not only great to see her individually get better but to see someone who can set the tone for the team, someone people respond to in a lot of intangible ways.'

Silver, from Bainbridge Island, Wash., clocked a lifetime- and Cal season-best 48.16 to claim the 100 free title, with Hardy taking fourth in a lifetime-best 49.26. Both times were automatic NCAA Championships qualifying times (NCAA A). Hardy moves up to fifth place on Cal's all-time fastest 100-free list, while Silver remains in second place on the list. Former Cal star Natalie Coughlin tops the list with a 47.00.

Three Bears finished in the top five of the 200 butterfly, with Vollmer taking second in a lifetime- and Cal season-best 1:54.02 (NCAA A), senior Erin Reilly swimming a lifetime-best 1:55.50 (NCAA A) for third and junior Rachel Ridgeway clocking a lifetime-best 1:55.87 (NCAA A) for fourth. Stanford's Elaine Breeden (1:52.99, NCAA A) edged Vollmer for the 200 fly title, one night after Vollmer defeated Breeden for the 100 fly crown.

All three Bears moved up on Cal's all-time list, with Vollmer ranking second, behind Coughlin (1:51.91). Reilly ranks fourth, behind another former Bears star, Mary T. Meagher (1:54.52), and Ridgeway ranks fifth.

In the 200 backstroke, senior Lauren Andrews had Cal's best finish, taking third in 1:57.22 (NCAA A), while freshman teammate Heather White was seventh in 1:59.62 (NCAA B). Andrews' time moved her to ninth on Cal's all-time list. Stanford's Julia Smit won the race in 1:54.88 (NCAA A).

Freshman Alexandra Ellis had Cal's best finish in the 200 breaststroke, taking fourth in a lifetime- and Cal season-best 2:12.48 (NCAA A). That times places her fifth in the school's all-time rankings. Stanford's Ca\roline Bruce won the 200 breaststroke in 2:09.32 (NCAA A).

In the 1650 free, Cal freshman Blake Hayter took sixth in 16:23.38 (NCAA A) and freshman teammate Lauren Boyle was eighth in 16:33.35 (NCAA B). Hayter's time also placed her sixth on Cal's all-time 1650-free list. UCLA's Katie Nelson won the race on Saturday with a time of 16:09.08 (NCAA A).

The conference meet also factored in the results of the platform final from the Pac-10 Diving Championships in tonight's scoring. Cal freshman Samantha Young finished sixth with a score of 222.65 on the platform.

Pac-10 Championships
Final Team Standings

Team       	Points1. Arizona	1481.52. Stanford	14103. California	13554. UCLA	              1024.55. USC	               8266. Arizona State       5447. Oregon State	4718. Washington	4119. Washington State	378

California Results - Finals

1650-Yard Freestyle
6. Blake Hayter 16:23.38.8. Lauren Boyle 16:33.35. 19. Jenna Wesley 17:02.94.

200-Yard Backstroke
3. Lauren Andrews 1:57.22. 7. Heather White 1:59.62. 10. Sherry Tsai 1:58.08. 11. Lauren Rogers 1:58.70.18. Emily Verdin 2:00.65.

100-Yard Freestyle
1. Emily Silver 48.16. 4. Jessica Hardy 49.26. 17. Amanda Larson 50.29.

200-Yard Breaststroke
4. Alexandra Ellis 2:12.48. 16. Annie Babicz 2:17.68.

200-Yard Butterfly
2. Dana Vollmer 1:54.02. 3. Erin Reilly 1:55.50. 4. Rachel Ridgeway 1:55.87. 15. Leann Toomey 2:03.23. 17. Courtney Eronemo 2:00.93.

400-Freestyle Relay
1. Cal A (Erin Reilly, Emily Silver, Jessica Hardy, Dana Vollmer) 3:13.60*^.

California Results - Prelims

200-Yard Backstroke
6. Lauren Andrews 1:58.95. 7. Heather White 1:58.99. 11. Sherry Tsai 1:59.65.12. Lauren Rogers 1:59.91. 24. Emily Verdin 2:03.12. 33. Natalie La Rochelle 2:06.33. 35. Nadia Staubitz 2:07.80.

100-Yard Freestyle
1. Emily Silver 48.80. 3. Jessica Hardy 49.21. 20. Amanda Larson 51.14. 26. Kelly Stravers 51.64.

200-Yard Breaststroke
3. Alexandra Ellis 2:13.65. 15. Annie Babicz 2:18.87. 33. Jessica Cotton 2:29.57.

200-Yard Butterfly
2. Erin Reilly 1:56.80. 3. Rachel Ridgeway 1:57.19. 4. Dana Vollmer 1:57.51. 16. Leann Toomey 2:03.15. 23. Courtney Eronemo 2:04.47.

* School record^ Pac-10 meet record

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