Golden Bears Set to Swim at the Georgia Invite
Dec. 3, 2008
Berkeley - Fresh off its first-place finish at the Art Adamson Invitational hosted by Texas A&M two weeks ago, the California Golden Bear women's swimming team will compete in its second and final invitational of the season at the Georgia Invite, Dec. 5-7, at Gabrielsen Natatorium. Live results will be provided on georgiabulldogs.com.
Clemson, Denver, Harvard and West Virginia will also compete in the three-day invitational. Each day, preliminary heats will begin at 6:30 a.m. (PT) with finals being held at 2 p.m. (PT) on Friday and Saturday. The finals on Sunday will take place at noon (PT).
With hard work in the pool, many of the Cal swimmers have lowered their times, especially after the performances at Texas A&M two weeks ago. Senior Dana Vollmer had a great three-day outing at the Art Adamson Invitational securing an NCAA automatic-qualifying time and personal best of 1:43.66 (second-lowest in the nation this season) with her first-place finish in the 200-yard free. It was 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.
Vollmer clocked a Natatorium pool record and first-place time of 1:56.24 in the 200 fly, (fourth fastest in the nation this season) and nearly achieved a personal best in the 100-yard freestyle final when she placed second with an NCAA B time of 48.51 (her personal best is a 48.65 set last season). The time of 48.51 is the third fastest time in the country this season.
Vollmer lowered her time in the final of the 200 IM with a mark of 1:59.41, better than her 2:00.08 in the preliminaries earlier in the afternoon. The 1:59.41 is also an NCAA B standard and the fastest time of the season. Vollmer previously swam a 2:03.67 vs. Washington on Oct. 30.
Other seniors, including Lauren Rogers used the Art Adamson Invitational to lower their times. Rogers recorded season bests in the 100 back (53.49 - fourth lowest in the country) and 200 back (1:57.24).
Freshman Sara Isakovic swam her best time of the season in the 200 free as well at the Art Adamson, 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.
Head coach Teri McKeever has been juggling her relay lineups to produce the best possible quartet come NCAA Championship time this season as well. Cal's foursome of Kennedy, Hannah Wilson, Liv Jensen, and Vollmer came up big in the 400-yard free relay with a Texas A&M pool record and NCAA automatic-qualifying time of 3:14.73 (first place) in the final day of the Art Adamson.
One sour note from the Art Adamson Invitational was that the Nov. 21 times for all competing teams were not counted because of an official measurement done by the Strong Surveying company at the conclusion of the day's events, the Natatorium pool was found to be just over one inch short. The very same company measured the pool on Wednesday and it was measured at 75 feet ½ inch. For the pool to be regulation size, it must be no less than 75 feet exactly. Friday night's measurement was revealed to be 74 feet 10 and 7/8 inches.