Cal Claims Sixth Straight Pac-10 Title in the 800 Free Relay; Sets Pac-10 and School Record
Feb. 25, 2009
Federal Way, Wash. - For the sixth straight year in a row, the California women's swimming team took home the Pac-10 title in the 800-yard freestyle relay in style, setting school and conference records with a phenomenal time of 6:56.87 at the King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way, Wash. on Wednesday night.
As if that were not enough, senior Dana Vollmer clocked a Pac-10, NCAA, Cal and American record time of 1:41.53 in the leadoff 200 yard leg of the freestyle. Natalie Coughlin previously held the American Record with a time of 1:41.66.
Cal sits in first place after the first night of competition with 120 points, followed by Arizona (116) and USC (106).
'What a great way to start the championship,' said head coach Teri McKeever. 'We had some great efforts top to bottom, especially from Dana, Liv Jensen, Hannah and Erica Dagg. Everyone really gave a great effort tonight. We want to keep this momentum going and hopefully have another strong day tomorrow.'
Only two events took place on the evening - the 200-yard medley relay and the 800-yard freestyle relay. The action picks up on Thursday with four events: the 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free and the 200 free relay.
In the 200 medley relay, Cal's foursome of Lauren Rogers, Alexandra Ellis, Wilson and Liv Jensen took home a second place finish after swimming an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 1:38.21, which was also a season-best in this event. Cal finished second in the 200 medley relay at last year's Pac-10s as well.
Arizona repeated as Pac-10 Champions in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:36.53.
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/
Video interviews from the Pac-10 Championship can also be found at www.floswimming.org.