Cal Continues its Domination of the 800 Free Relay; Sets New Pac-10 Meet Record
Feb. 27, 2008
Long Beach - The California women's swimming team continued its dominance of the 800-yard freestyle relay in the first day of the Pac-10 Championships in Long Beach at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool on Wednesday, capturing first-place with a time of 7:04.13 - a new Pac-10 meet record. The Golden Bears lead the championships after two events with a total team score of 118. Arizona is in second place with a team score of 116, followed by Stanford at 112.
Cal is no stranger to supremacy in the 800-free relays at the Pac-10s, winning the event for a fifth consecutive year (2004-08). This year's foursome of Dana Vollmer, Lauren Boyle, Madison Kennedy and Emily Silver, eclipsed last season's foursome of Vollmer, Boyle, Rachel Ridgeway and Erin Reilly, who owned the previous Pac-10 record time of 7:05.59.
The 7:04.13 also registers as an NCAA 'A' qualifying mark.
'It was a good solid effort by the team tonight,' said head coach Teri McKeever. 'It was a really good race there with Stanford, Washington and Arizona. It was a good back and forth battle and just really exciting to watch. There was certainly a lot of strategy at work in this event.'
The other event that took place tonight was the 200-medley relay in which Cal placed third. The Golden Bear foursome of Lauren Rogers, Alexandra Ellis, Hannah Wilson and Tara Thomas touched the wall with an NCAA `A' qualifying time of 1:38.70, nearly one second fast than last year's group of Sherry Tsai, Jessica Hardy, Erin Reilly and Silver, who posted a time of 1:39.16.
McKeever was quick to applaud the efforts of Rogers, who set the table with an unbelievable split in the backstroke. She was extremely pleased with the effort of both freshman - Wilson and Thomas, noting that experimenting with this type of lineup will benefit the team when it comes to NCAA Championship time.
The conference championships continue tomorrow with the 500-yard freestyle, 200 individual medley, 50-yard freestyle and the 200-yard freestyle relay.