Cal Completes Day Two of the Art Adamson Invitational in First Place
Nov. 22, 2008
College Station - The California women's swimming team concluded the second day of the Art Adamson Invitational with another strong performance on Saturday evening at the Texas A&M Natatorium. The Golden Bears have a team score of 696 points which leads the 10-team field.
Cal's foursome of Lauren Rogers, Alexandra Ellis, Dana Vollmer, Liv Jensen captured third in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:40.15, good enough for an NCAA provisional mark and nearly three seconds lower than their previous time of 1:42.93 set against Washington on Oct. 30.
Cal finished 4-5-6-7 in the 400 IM, with Courtney Eronemo clocking a fourth-place finish and season-best 4:18.47, followed by Kelsey Hoff (season-best 4:20.28), Heather White (season-best 4:20.29) and Shelley Harper (season-best 4:21.77).
In the 100-yard butterfly, senior Dana Vollmer registered an NCAA B time of 52.57, almost two seconds faster than her 54.77 in the 100 fly on Oct. 18 vs. Texas. Hannah Wilson posted a third-place finish of 53.08 - also an NCAA B consideration time. Tara Thomas had a sixth-place time of 53.65 (NCAA B) and Amanda Sims had a seventh-place time of 54.01 - also an NCAA B mark.
Vollmer secured an NCAA automatic qualifying time and personal-best of 1:43.66 with her first-place finish in the 200-yard free. It is also the second-best time on Cal's all-time top 10 performance list, and 3.77 seconds fast than her time of 1:47.73 against Washington earlier this season. Her previous personal-best was 1:43.95 set at the 2007 Pac-10 Championships.
Freshman Sara Isakovic swam her best time of the season in the 200 free as well, clocking a second-place finish and NCAA consideration time of 1:46.43. Senior Madison Kennedy also garnered an NCAA B time of 1:48.17 (sixth-place) and Wilson with a 1:49.11 came in seventh.
Senior Lauren Rogers posted a season-best and first-place time of 53.49 in the 100-yard backstroke for NCAA consideration.
The Bears concluded the evening with a first-place finish in the 800-yard free relay thanks to the efforts of Lauren Boyle, Kennedy, Isakovic and Vollmer registering a 7:07.78, nearly two seconds ahead of second-place finisher Michigan (7:09.62).
Action concludes on Sunday with the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly and 400 free relay.
For those not able to attend the Adamson invite, live updates will be available at (http://www.aggieathletics.com/sports/m-swim/spec-rel/artadinvite.html). Each night session will also be streamed live on the internet for free at Aggies All-Access (http://www.aggieathletics.com/sports/w-swim/spec-rel/111708aab.html).
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