Silver Wins 100-Free Prelim at Pac-10 Championships

Feb. 17, 2007

LONG BEACH, Calif. - California junior Emily Silver won the 100-yard freestyle preliminary on Saturday and third-ranked Cal qualified eight Golden Bears for tonight's championship finals at the Pac-10 Championships held at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool. Silver swam an automatic NCAA Championships qualifying time (NCAA A) of 48.80 in the prelim to take the top seed in the 100 free final for the Bears, who enter the final night of the conference meet in third place.

Sophomore teammate Jessica Hardy swam a lifetime-best 49.21 (NCAA A) to take third in the 100 free.

Three Bears qualified in the 200 butterfly, with senior Erin Reilly taking second in a lifetime- and Cal season-best 1:56.80 (NCAA A), junior Rachel Ridgeway claiming third in 1:57.19 (NCAA A) and sophomore Dana Vollmer finishing fourth in 1:57.51 (NCAA A).

Cal senior Lauren Andrews took sixth in the 200 backstroke prelim in 1:58.95 (NCAA B), edging freshman teammate Heather White in seventh (1:58.99, NCAA B).

In the 200 breaststroke, Cal freshman Alexandra Ellis was third in 2:13.65 (NCAA A).

The Pac-10 Championships conclude on Saturday night, with finals beginning at 6 p.m. Tonight's finals will include the 1650 free and 400-free relay. The conference meet will also factor in the results of the platform final from the Pac-10 Diving Championships in tonight's scoring.

Pac-10 Championships
Team Standings (after Day 3)

Team         	Points1. Stanford	970.52. Arizona	946.53. California	9064. UCLA	6715. USC	5486. Arizona State	3717. Oregon State	3338. Washington	2919. Washington State	266

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.

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