Cal Looks to Defend National Title at NCAA Championships

March 15, 2010

On the Pool Deck
Defending NCAA champion California competes in the 2010 NCAA Women's Division I Swimming and Diving Championships hosted by Purdue from Thursday, March 18, through Saturday, March 20, at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center in West Lafayette, Ind. Cal head coach Teri McKeever will bring 12 Golden Bears - Lauren Boyle, Erica Dagg, Alexandra Ellis, Colleen Fotsch, Blake Hayter, Sara Isakovic, Liv Jensen, Katie Kastes, Caitlin Leverenz, defending 100-yard butterfly champ Amanda Sims, Heather White and Hannah Wilson - to the national meet.

McKeever, named the 2009 NCAA Coach of the Year after leading Cal to its first national title, and her Bears left for Indiana on Monday morning.

NCAA Championships InformationPlease visit the official NCAA Web site for these championships at this link:

http://www.ncaa.com/sports/w-swim/champpage/w-swim-div1-index.html

The site includes links to the live results, ticket, hotel and restaurant information. Team rosters and the meet's psych sheet are available at the live results link - http://www.ncaa.com/sports/w-swim/champpage/inc/div1/w-swim-div1-results.html.

The schedule for the three-day, national meet follows:

Thursday, March, 18 - 11:00 a.m. ET - PreliminariesEvent No. 	Event1	200-Yard Freestyle Relay2	500-Yard Freestyle3	200-Yard Individual Medley4	50-Yard Freestyle20-minute intermission6	400-Yard Medley Relay5	One-meter Diving - Prelims (1:30 p.m. ET)

Thursday, March 18 - 7:00 p.m. ET - FinalsEvent No. Event1 200-Yard Freestyle Relay2 500-Yard Freestyle3 200-Yard Individual Medley4 50-Yard Freestyle5 One-meter Diving - Finals6 400-Yard Medley Relay

Friday, March 19 - 11:00 a.m. ET - PreliminariesEvent No. Event7 200-Yard Medley Relay8 400-Yard Individual Medley9 100-Yard Butterfly10 200-Yard Freestyle11 100-Yard Breaststroke12 100-Yard Backstroke20-minute intermission14 800-Yard Freestyle Relay - All but last three heats of timed finals13 Three-meter Diving - Prelims (1:30 p.m. ET)

Friday, March 19 - 7:00 p.m. ET - FinalsEvent No. Event7 200-Yard Medley Relay8 400-Yard Individual Medley9 100-Yard Butterfly10 200-Yard Freestyle11 100-Yard Breaststroke12 100-Yard Backstroke13 Three-meter Diving - Finals14 800-Yard Freestyle Relay - Last three heats of timed finals

Saturday, March 20 - 11:00 a.m. ET - PreliminariesEvent No. Event16 200-Yard Backstroke17 100-Yard Freestyle18 200-Yard Breaststroke19 200-Yard butterfly20-minute intermission21 400-Yard Freestyle Relay20 Platform Diving - Prelims (1:30 p.m. ET)15 1,650-Yard Freestyle - All but last heat of timed finals

Saturday, March 20 - 7:00 p.m. ET - FinalsEvent No. Event15 1,650-Yard Freestyle - Last heat of timed finals16 200-Yard Backstroke17 100-Yard Freestyle18 200-Yard Breaststroke19 200-Yard butterfly20 Platform Diving - Finals21 400-Yard Freestyle Relay

Scouting the Golden Bears
Cal is coming off a second-place finish in the Pac-10 Championships in Long Beach, Calif. The Bears won two individual titles and collected 1341 points to finish behind Stanford (1489). Senior Lauren Boyle claimed the 500-yard freestyle and junior Hannah Wilson won the 100-yard freestyle at the conference meet. Boyle clocked an NCAA consideration time of 4:38.77 to capture the 500 free, while Wilson posted an NCAA consideration time of 48.02 to win the 100 free.

Check back here for more information on each of the 12 Bears swimming at Purdue as well as a look at the NCAA field.

A Look at the 2009 NCAA Championships
Cal won five national titles and posted a school-record 411.5 points en route to their first NCAA team championship at the national meet held in College Station, Texas. The Bears beat second-place Georgia by 10 points in 2009. Dana Vollmer concluded a spectacular senior season with five NCAA championships: the 100-yard freestyle, 200 free, 400-free relay, 800-free relay and team title. Her winning 100-free time of 47.17 was just .17 seconds off of Natalie Coughlin's school record and ranked Vollmer second all time at Cal.

Cal won three of its NCAA titles on March 20, with junior Amanda Sims capturing Cal's second 100-butterfly crown in three years with a time of 51.28, Vollmer posting an NCAA Championship- meet record of 1:42.01 to claim the 200 free and the foursome of Sara Isakovic, Hannah Wilson, Liv Jensen and Vollmer taking home the 800-free relay in a U.S. Open-, NCAA- and NCAA Championship meet-record time of 6:52.69. In the 50 free, Wilson was third (51.47) and Vollmer, who won the 100 fly at NCAAs in 2007, was fourth (51.69). Sims' prelim time of 51.12 ranked her as the all-time third-fastest Bear in the event.

Jensen, Wilson, Madison Kennedy and Vollmer combined to set a school record in the 200-free relay, posting a time of 1:26.48 to surpass the school record of 1:27.05 the Bears set in the relay prelim earlier in the day. Cal's relay narrowly finished second behind Arizona (1:26.20).

Isakovic set a school record in the 500 free with a prelim time of 4:36.79, which broke another Coughlin record, and then placed fourth in the final with a time of 4:37.79. Junior Alexandra Ellis set a school record in the 200 breaststroke with her 10th-place time of 2:09.51.

In all, 10 Bears collected All-America honors from NCAAs: Vollmer, Sims, Kennedy, Isakovic, Wilson, Jensen, Ellis, Erica Dagg, senior Lauren Rogers and sophomore Tara Thomas.

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