Women's Swimming and Diving Prepares for the Pac-10 Championships
Feb. 23, 2009
BERKELEY - The California women's swimming and diving team is set to compete in the 2009 Pac-10 Swimming and Diving Championships, Feb. 25-28 in Federal Way, Wash. The Bears will look to set the tone early in the 800-yard freestyle relay on Wednesday - an event they have won five straight years.
What: 2009 Pacific-10 Conference Women's Swimming Championships hosted by the University of Washington.
Where: Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center, Federal Way, Wash.
When: Wednesday, Feb. 25 - Saturday, Feb. 28.
Who: Women's swimming teams from ARIZONA, ARIZONA STATE, CALIFORNIA, OREGON STATE, STANFORD, UCLA, USC, WASHINGTON and WASHINGTON STATE will compete for the 2009 Pac-10 Women's Swimming Championship.
Tickets: All tickets will be available at the King County Aquatic Center on the day of the event only.*Admission is FREE on Wednesday, Feb. 25.All Session Pass: Adult: $25.00, Student with ID/Senior $15.00One Day Pass: Adult: $10.00, Student with ID/Senior: $6.00
Live Streaming: The Pac-10 Women's Swimming Championship will be streamed live by the Pac-10 Conference. To access the video go to www.pac-10.org. The streaming can be found on the right side of the page under Pac-10 All Access. LiveStats can be found at http://results.teamunify.com/pnws2/
Championship Schedule of Events
Wed., Feb. 25 6:00 p.m.200 Medley Relay800 Freestyle Relay
Thurs., Feb. 26 6:00 p.m.500 Freestyle200 IM50 Freestyle200 Freestyle Relay
Fri., Feb. 27 6:00 p.m.400 IM100 Butterfly200 Freestyle100 Breaststroke100 Backstroke400 Medley Relay
Sat., Feb. 28 6:00 p.m.1650 Freestyle200 Backstroke100 Freestyle200 Breaststroke200 Butterfly400 Free Relay
The California women's swimming team ended its regular season with a 4-4 dual meet record and are currently ranked No. 7 in the nation ... one of the strengths for the Bears all season has been in the freestyle events and they are led by one of the nation's best in Dana Vollmer ... the senior from Granbury, Texas had a memorable final dual home dual meet against Stanford on Feb. 14 registering personal-bests and Spieker Pool records in the 100-yard freestyle (48.32, previously held by Natalie Coughlin's 48.65 set in 2003) and the 200-yard freestyle (1:43.66) ... Vollmer, who owns back-to-back Pac-10 titles in the 100-yard butterfly (2007, 08) possesses the second-fastest time in the 200 free in the country (1:43.66) - an NCAA 'A' qualifying standard.
Cal also boasts several young athletes who have made their mark in the pool this season ... freshman Liv Jensen was stellar all season long in the 50-yard freestyle and punctuated the final dual meet of the year against Stanford with a Spieker Pool record time of 22.18 - the sixth-fastest time in the nation ... other underclassmen that achieved personal-bests in the 50 free this season were Tara Thomas with a 22.79 set at the Georgia Invitational and Erica Dagg with her time of 23.71 set against UCLA ... Thomas and Dagg have also been efficient in the 100 free events this season and both set personal marks of 48.91 and 49.85 respectively.
Cal's strength in the freestyle also extends to the relays as well ... winners of the last five 800-yard free relays in the Pac-10 Championships, including last year's record time of 7:04.13, Cal continued to break records this season, including a Spieker Pool record and dual meet record time of 1:31.49 in the 200 free relay (Madison Kennedy, Hannah Wilson, Jensen and Vollmer) ... A back-to-back Pac-10 Champion in the 100-yard backstroke (2007, 08) and last year's Pac-10 200 back champion Lauren Rogers was solid in her final dual meet against Stanford, registering a season-best time of 53.00 in the 100 back.
One of Cal's best distance swimmers, Lauren Boyle, set a school record in the 1650-yard free at last year's Pac-10 Championships (16:03.51), before breaking her own record again in the NCAAs a few weeks later ... Boyle looked sharp towards the end of the season and nearly eclipsed her school record in the final dual meet with a time of 9:42.93 (sixth-fastest time in the country) in the 1000 free against Stanford ... the Bears should also get good contributions from breaststrokers Alexandra Ellis, Natalie LaRochelle and Kirstyn Colonias, while Amanda Sims, Wilson and Vollmer can make an impact the butterfly events as well ... Ellis swam a personal-best 2:11.99 in the 200 breast at the Georgia Invitational, while Colonias had Cal best's in the 100 and 200 breast events against Stanford ... Sims meanwhile owns the sixth-fastest time in the nation in the 200 fly with a time of 1:55.57 (a personal-best) set at the Georgia Invitational ... the Bears placed third in last year's Pac-10 Championships.
Notable 2008 Pac-10 Championship Performers
A two-time Pac-10 Champion in the 100 fly (2007 and 2008) ... last year helped the Cal relay teams take first place in both the 400 and 800 free relays ... Vollmer also placed fifth in the 50 free and second in the 200 fly ... this season owns the fastest time on the team in the 100 and 200 free and the 100 fly ...registered personal-bests and Spieker Pool records in the 100-yard freestyle (48.32, previously held by Natalie Coughlin's 48.65 set in 2003) and the 200-yard freestyle (1:43.66) - which is the second-fastest time in the country.
The school-record holder in the 50 free, Kennedy placed third in the 50 free at last year's Pac-10 Championships ... also garnered a second place finish in the 100 free, third in the 200 free and was on the first place 400 and 800 free relay teams ... has had a consistent season, registering season-best times in the 50 and 200 freestyle against Stanford.
A back-to-back Pac-10 Champion in the 100 back (2007 and 2008) and earned a 2008 Pac-10 200 back title as well ... set a personal best in the 50 free at the 2008 Pac-10 Championships (her time in the 100 back at the championship was also a lifetime best) ... holds Cal's fastest times this season in the 100 and 200 back - and set a season-best time in the 100 back against Stanford.
Last year's Pac-10 1650 free champion with a school record time of 16:03.51 - a record that stood for 20 years - she later broke that mark in the NCAA Championships ... owns the fastest Cal time this season in the 1000 free (sixth-fastest in the nation) ... and has an NCAA provisional time in the 1650 free as well.
Wilson was in the quartet that captured the Pac-10 title in the 400 free relay last year ... this year Wilson swam a personal-best 1:46.61 in the 200 free against Stanford and the 200 fly at the Art Adamson Invite ... also has NCAA provisional qualifying times in the 50 and 100 freestyles.