#8 Cal Travels to #2 Stanford in Bay Area Showdown

Feb. 13, 2008

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California Golden Bears (5-1, 4-1) at Stanford (6-1, 5-0)

Saturday, Feb. 16, 1:00 p.m.

On the BlocksAfter securing two convincing wins over USC and UCLA in early February, the No. 8-ranked California women's swimming team returns to action this week at No. 2-ranked Stanford in a Bay Area showdown at the Avery Aquatic Center on Feb. 16. Live results can be found on gostanford.com (on the women's swimming page). The Cardinal holds a decisive edge over Cal in the all-time meetings (30-4), including a narrow 153-147 victory over the Bears last season in Berkeley.

Last time out ...Cal cruised to a 202-98 Pac-10 dual meet victory over USC on Feb. 1, improving to 4-1 overall and 3-1 in conference action. Cal dominated the freestyle events, capturing sweeps in the 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000. Senior Emily Silver took first place in the 50 free with a time of 23.07, followed by teammates Madison Kennedy (23.10) and Hannah Wilson (23.45). Kennedy held off Wilson (50.17) in the 100 free, touching the wall with a time of 50.06. Dana Vollmer came in third with a time of 50.45. Kennedy earned also another narrow victory over Silver in the 200 free with a first place time of 1:48.27. Silver swam a second-place time of 1:48.66. Cal completed its sweep of the Southern California schools with a 170-130 dual meet victory the UCLA Bruins on Feb. 2 to improve its record to 5-1 overall and 4-1 in Pac-10 play. The foursome of Lauren Rogers, Lauren Boyle, Dana Vollmer and Madison Kennedy helped the Bears get off on the right track with a 200 medley relay victory of 1:42.66 in the first event of the day. Just as they did against the Trojans, Cal controlled the freestyle events. Boyle earned a first place finish in the 1650 free with a time of 16:33.40. Sara Sun placed third in the 1650 with a time of 16:55.01. Emily Silver was dominant again in the 200 free, touching the wall first with a time of 1:48.25, while freshman Hannah Wilson came in fourth at 1:49.49.

Scouting StanfordNo. 2 Stanford (6-1, 5-0 Pac-10) continued to roll through an unbeaten Pac-10 dual meet season with a 180-120 victory at No. 21 USC (4-5, 1-5 Pac-10) on Feb. 2 at the USC McDonald's Swim Stadium. Stanford spread out its other six individual victories with one win each by Elizabeth Durot (1650 free), Elaine Breeden (200 fly), Kate Dwelley (50 free), Brooke Bishop (100 free), Laura Wadden (200 back) and Liz Smith (400 IM). The Cardinal also swept both the 200 medley and 200 free relays. Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy, Breeden and Dwelley swam on both relays with Caroline Bruce joining the trio for the medley and Bishop for the free. 'We put a little more pressure on more people to come through in different areas and they responded really well,' offered Stanford head coach Lea Maurer. 'We're going to need a lot of people to contribute when we get to the Pac-10's and NCAA's. We did a lot of risk taking,' added Maurer.' Breeden and Smith had Stanford's only NCAA `A' times of the meet for the Cardinal with Breeden going 1:58.72 to win the 200 fly and Smith 4:15.25 to take the 400 IM. Rebecca Soni had NCAA `A' times in both her 100 (1:01.70) and 200 (2:10.33) breast victories for USC.

Young earns honorSophomore Samantha Young of the California women's diving team was selected as the Pac-10 Diver of the Month for January, the league office announced on Wednesday. This is the first monthly honor for Young and California's first-ever women's Diver of the Month accolade. Young (Shoreline, WA) posted a first-place score of 263.78 on the 3-meter diving board and a second-place score of 250.27 on the 1-meter board against Arizona on Jan. 25. Against the Sun Devils of Arizona State on Jan. 26, Young nailed a first-place finish on the 1-meter diving board with a total score of 255.37. Young also recorded first-place finishes in the one and three-meter diving competitions at USC on Feb. 2.

Coaches CornerThe Cal coaching staff talks about the Stanford match-up this weekend.

'The team is getting prepared and pumped for the big meet on Saturday against Stanford. Against Stanford, we will be competing against one of top teams in the country and we are excited to rise to the occasion.'

Cal in the PollsCal is ranked No. 8 in the latest collegeswimming.com poll. Cal's highest poll position this season was at No. 3. The Pac-10 dominates the poll, boasting seven teams ranked in the top 25.

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