Cal Sprints Past Washington, 137-119
Oct. 30, 2008
Berkeley - The fifth-ranked California women's swimming team defeated the Washington Huskies by a score of 137-119 in Pac-10 dual meet competition at Spieker Aquatics Complex on Thursday afternoon. The Golden Bears improved to 2-1 (1-0) on the season and will next be in action, Nov. 21-23 at the Texas A&M Invitational in College Station.
The Huskies began the meet with a first-place finish in the 400-yard medley relay, as the foursome of Hannah Ross, Genevieve Patterson, Marisa Chang and Lindsey Sharp swam a 3:44.93, nearly three seconds faster than Cal's second-place foursome of Lauren Rogers, Lauren Boyle, Sara Isakovic and Tara Thomas (3:47.41).
Swimming in her first collegiate 1000-yard freestyle event, Cal freshman Sara Isakovic clocked a first-place time of 10:03.46. Sara Sun notched a third-place time of 10:11.13, her best of the young season, and freshman Mattea Perrotta came in fifth with a 10:17.06.
Senior Dana Vollmer swam an NCAA provisional and first-place time of 1:47.73 in the 200-yard freestyle, while junior Lauren Boyle came in second with a season-best 1:49.63 - almost three seconds faster than her time of 1:52.58 in the season opener against Pacific.
Madison Kennedy clocked a 57.88 in the 100-yard backstroke good enough for second place in the seventh event of the meet, while Natalie LaRochelle (1:06.24) and Alexandra Ellis (1:06.46) ranked 2-3 in the 100-yard breaststroke.
Freshman Shelley Harper continued her early season success after she garnered a first-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:02.26. She was followed by second-place finisher, Courtney Eronemo (2:03.31) and Tara Thomas (2:05.08).
Kennedy also took top billing in the 100-yard free with a time of 50.27, while freshman Liv Jensen took third with a 51.66.
Last year's conference champion in the 200-yard back, Rogers touched the wall first in that event in Thursday's meet with a time of 2:00.65.
Boyle swam a season-best and first-place time of 4:49.54 in the 500-yard free as well.
Washington was also able to capture first place in the final event of the afternoon - the 200-yard free relay - with a time of 1:34.93.