Cal Ready to Face Washington on Thursday

Oct. 29, 2008

Berkeley - After suffering its first loss of the 2008-09 season, the California women's swimming team looks to get back on track when it faces Pac-10 foe Washington on Thursday, Oct. 30 at 1:00 p.m. at Spieker Aquatics Complex.

So far this season, Cal's strength has been in the freestyle events. The Golden Bears racked up six wins in freestyle events against Pacific in the season-opener, and collected three more freestyle wins vs. Texas.

Cal's newcomers have been producing in the pool as well in the young season. Liv Jensen nearly cracked Cal's all-time top 10 performce list with a 22.96 in the 50-yard free against Texas (best 50 time of the season). Jensen was also in the foursome that clocked a first-place time of 3:21.39 in the 400-free relay (also against the Longhorns).

2008 Olympic silver medalist Sara Isakovic had a strong second outing for Cal against Texas when she claimed a first-place finish in the 500 free with a time of 4:48.50. She also was the first leg of Cal's first-place 400 free relay foursome against Texas.

Shelley Harper, who had a a first-place time of 5:00.24 in the 500 free in her debut against Pacific, also improved on her 1000 free time against Texas, cutting off over five seconds (10:06.23) from her time of 10:11.67 against Pacific.

To be overshadowed by the youngsters, Cal's veterans are also off to productive starts to the early season. Two-time Pac-10 100-yard backstroke champion Lauren Rogers clocked a first-place time of 55.27 in that event vs. Texas.

The school record holder in the 1650 and 1000-yard free events, Laren Boyle, swam a second-place time of 9:47.74 in the 1000 free against Texas - the first time she has swam in the 1000 since Feb. 16 at Stanford. Boyle also notched a first place time of 1:52.58 in the season-opener against Pacific.

Cal's divers also made their first debut of the season against Texas. Freshman Alissa Barker placed fourth on the 3-meter board with a score of 266.93.

Cal defeated Washington last season in Berkeley by a score of 155-107.

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