Cal Hosts Arizona, Arizona State

Jan. 23, 2008

Berkeley -

California Golden Bears vs. ArizonaFriday, Jan. 25, 1 p.m., Berkeley

California Golden Bears vs. Arizona StateSaturday, Jan. 26, Noon, Berkeley

On the BlocksAfter productive performances in the 2007 half of its schedule (which included dual meet wins over Pacific and Washington), California begins the meat and potatoes portion of its 2008 slate with home dual meets versus Arizona and Arizona State, Jan. 25-26 at Spieker Aquatics Complex. They are also the final two home meets of the season and the final home meets for seniors Emily Silver, Rachel Ridgeway and Kelly Stravers.

Seniors Say GoodbyeThis weekend will be the final home dual meets for seniors Emily Silver, Rachel Ridgeway and Kelly Stravers. Silver has had a stellar career in the pool for the Bears, leaving her mark in several of Cal's all-time top 10 records, including a school-record 21.99 in the 50 free last season. Silver earned All-America status last season after helping Cal achieve American and U.S. Open course records in the 400 Free and 400 Medley relays at the NCAA Championships. Ridgeway also earned All-America honors last season after posting top 10 finishes in the 400 IM and the 200 fly. Ridgeway still holds the third-fastest time in the 400 IM in program history (4:12.82). Stravers has also enjoyed personal success at Cal, in and out of the pool. She is a two-time academic all-conference selection. She had a personal-best 23.95 in the 50 free vs. Stanford in 2006.

Coaches CornerThe Cal coaching staff talks about the Arizona, Arizona State match-ups this weekend.

Arizona

'Arizona has been great competition for us over the years. They were one place ahead of us at the NCAAs and they won the conference championship last season, so they bring a lot of different strengths to the table, especially in the freestyle events. Friday will certainly be a good test for our sprinters. Arizona defeated Texas last weekend, so it will be a good measuring stick to see where we stand.'

Arizona State

'They have put together quite a few good relays this year. They have a lot of standout swimmers that we are glad to have compete at Spieker on Saturday. This will be another good test for our team to race against some really good competition in the Pac-10. It will give us a better understanding of where we are as a team as we get further into the conference schedule.'

Scouting ArizonaThe No. 4 Arizona women's swimming and diving team continued its steady play with a 134-120 win over No. 16 Texas on Jan. 19 at Hillenbrand Aquatic Center. Arizona's record is now 8-0. Starting the day off with a victory in the 200 yard medley relay for the Wildcats were Hailey DeGolia, Annie Chandler, Lara Jackson and Lindsey Kelly with a time of 1:40.77. The team of Justin Schluntz, Jacquelyn Craft, Ana Agy and Emma Darlington finished in second place with a time of 1:41.71. Senior Lacey Nymeyer got Arizona back on the right track with a win in the 200 yard free (1:48.36). UA's Katherine Raatz (1:49.38) and Brie Powers (1:52.33) of Texas finished in second and third place, respectively. Schluntz finished in first place in the 100 yard backstroke with a time of 54.48. DeGolia came in second, just off the pace with a time of 55.43. In the 100 yard breaststroke Arizona's Chandler came in first place (1:03.31) while the Longhorn's Alison Soelter (1:05.26) finished in second place and teammate Carlye Ellis (1:07.33) came in third.

Scouting Arizona StateDespite strong victories from dual victories from Ashton Aubry and Caitlin Andrew, the ASU women's swim team fell to Minnesota, 170-129 on Jan. 19. The meet started off well for the women. The Sun Devil women's medley relay team of Jen Beckberger, Sara McDaniel, Caitlin Andrew and Jess Perazzo finished first with a time of 1:42.47. Andrew tabbed her second victory of the day in the 200 back. Andrew, who earlier this season broke the 200 back record, clocked in a NCAA consideration time of 2:00.83. Ashley Evans won the women's 200 IM, coming in at 2:00.96, an NCAA consideration dive. Nuess won his third event of the day in the men's 400 IM. His time of 3:53.66 is an NCAA consideration time.

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