Cal Relay Takes 2nd in Prelim at NCAA Championships

March 10, 2007

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - California sophomore Dana Vollmer took part in two second-place finishes in preliminary races on Saturday at the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at the Minnesota Aquatics Center. Vollmer took second in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:55.19 and later anchored the Golden Bears' second-place 400-yard freestyle relay. The Bears stand in third place with 261.5 points. Arizona is the current lead with 375 points and defending champion Auburn is third with 343.

Junior Emily Silver, senior Erin Reilly and sophomore Jessica Hardy joined Vollmer on the relay, which swam a 3:14.95. Auburn won the relay in a pool-record time of 3:14.83. The Bears also beat the old pool record of 3:14.97.

In the 200 fly, Stanford's Elaine Breeden swam a pool-record 1:54.24 to win the race. Vollmer's 1:55.19 also beat the previous Minnesota Aquatics Center record of 1:55.70.

Earlier in the day, Silver had Cal's best finish in the 100 freestyle, taking third in 47.94. Hardy was 14th in a lifetime-best 49.12 in the race, which Arizona's Lacey Nymeyer won in a pool-record 47.50. Silver's time also surpassed the old pool mark of 48.03.

Freshman Alexandra Ellis had the Bears' best finish in the 200 breaststroke, taking 11th in 2:12.68. Wisconsin's Yi Ting Siow won the 200 breaststroke in 2:09.95.

Cal senior Sherry Tsai clocked a 1:58.67 to take 30th in the 200 backstroke.

The last finals session at the NCAA Championships begins at 4 p.m. CT with all but the final heat of the 1650 freestyle. The final 1650 heat, and the rest of the finals, will begin at 7 p.m. CT.

NCAA Championships
Top 10 Team Standings (through 14 events)

School	        Points1. Arizona 	3752. Auburn	3433. California 	261.54. Stanford 	167.55. Georgia 	1956. Texas A&M 	167.57. Texas 	1568. Florida 	1379. Michigan 	11910. Tennessee 	94

California Results - Saturday Prelims

200-Yard Backstroke
30. Sherry Tsai 1:58.67.34. Lauren Rogers 1:59.31. 35. Lauren Andrews 1:59.43.39. Heather White 2:00.11.

100-Yard Freestyle
3. Emily Silver 47.94. 14. Jessica Hardy 49.12.

200-Yard Breaststroke
11. Alexandra Ellis 2:12.68. 30. Annie Babicz 2:17.09.

200-Yard Butterfly
2. Dana Vollmer 1:55.19. 4. Erin Reilly 1:55.83. 8. Rachel Ridgeway 1:56.44. 42. Courtney Eronemo 2:02.83.

400-Yard Freestyle Relay
2. Cal (Emily Silver, Erin Reilly, Jessica Hardy, Dana Vollmer) 3:14.95.

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