California's Adrian and Arizona's Jackson Named December's Pac-10 Swimmers Of The Month
Jan. 8, 2009
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- CALIFORNIA sophomore Nathan Adrian and ARIZONA senior Lara Jackson have been named the Pac-10 Swimmers of the Month for December, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Adrian helped No. 4 California win the Husky Invitational, which took place Dec. 4-6 in Seattle. The Bremeron, Wash., native set a new Cal school record in the 50 free with a time of 18.94 to place first in the event and earn a NCAA automatic qualifying time. In addition, Adrian won the 100 fly with a time of 47.47 and the 100 free, touching in at 41.83 for another NCAA automatic qualifying time. The sophomore also earned wins as part of the Bears' 200, 400 and 800 free relay teams and the 400 medley relay team.
This is the first monthly honor for Adrian and the third Men's Swimmer of the Month overall for California.
Jackson had an impressive showing at the Texas Invitational and led the Wildcats to a first-place finish in Austin, Texas. The El Paso, Texas, native set a new American, NCAA and school record in the 50 free with a time of 21.33. Jackson also set a new school record in the 100 butterfly with a NCAA automatic qualifying time of 51.12. The senior swam the first leg of the Wildcats' 200 free relay team which placed first with a time of 1:27.72 and swam the third leg of the 200 medley relay team that won with a time of 1:36.02. Both relays earned NCAA automatic qualifying marks.
This marks the first monthly honor for Jackson and the third Women's Swimmer of the Month all-time for Arizona.
2008-09 PAC-10 MEN'S SWIMMER OF THE MONTH: Nov. - Zoltan Povazsay, USC; Dec. - Nathan Adrian, CAL
2008-09 PAC-10 WOMEN'S SWIMMER OF THE MONTH: Nov. - Julia Smit, STAN; Dec. - Lara Jackson, ARIZ