Pac-10 Swimmers and Divers Head to 2011 NCAA Women's Championships
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Swimmers and divers from seven Pac-10 teams are headed to the 2011 NCAA Championships this week at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas. The meet runs from March 17-19. Four Pac-10 schools have combined for 11 NCAA titles, with STANFORD claiming eight overall and CALIFORNIA being the most recent to climb the podium in 2009.
Winner of back-to-back Pac-10 titles, the No. 3 Cardinal looks for its first national title since 1998. Stanford finished second to Florida by 2.5 points last year. Ten swimmers and two divers will represent the team in Austin. Senior Kate Dwelley, a 16-time All-American, enters the meet ranked sixth in both the 50 and 100 freestyle. Freshmen Andie Taylor and Maya DiRado have already provided huge contributions in their first season. Senior Meg Hostage, a 2008 All-American on the 1-meter and tower, will dive in her final collegiate meet.
No. 2 California sends 13 swimmers to Texas, including junior Liv Jensen, the 2010 NCAA champion in the 50 free, and sophomore Caitlin Leverenz, who leads the nation with her 200 breaststroke time. Senior Amanda Sims won the 100 butterfly two years ago when the Golden Bears captured their first team title. Cal holds the top seeds in both the 200 and 400 medley relays.
Fifth-ranked USC is led by junior Katinka Hosszu, who claimed three titles at the Pac-10 Championships en route to being named Swimmer of the Meet. The four-time All-American is the top seed in the 200 fly and both the 200 and 400 individual medley events. Junior diver Victoria Ishimatsu, who swept the springboard events at last week's Zone E Championships to qualify for the national meet, looks for her first NCAA crown.
No. 10 ARIZONA will take 11 swimmers and freshman diver Samantha Pickens to the NCAA Championships. The Wildcats are a young squad, with nine underclassmen, including six true freshmen. Junior Alyssa Anderson is a six-time All-American and is seeded seventh in the 500 free.
UCLA, ranked 20th, has a group of seven swimmers headed to Austin. Seniors Brittany Beauchan and Lauren Hall, both honorable mention All-Americans, lead the Bruins. Beauchan will swim in the 100 and 200 breast while Hall is scheduled to compete in both IM events and the 200 breast.
Seven swimmers and junior diver Elina Eggers will represent No. 25 ARIZONA STATE. Junior All-American Rebecca Ejdervik is seeded third in the 100 breast, the event in which she has claimed two-straight Pac-10 titles and placed fifth at last year's NCAA meet. Junior Jordyn Green is also a returning NCAA competitor.
OREGON STATE junior Jenni Dole and sophomore Rachel O'Brien are the two Beavers traveling to the Championships. Dole will swim the 100 back while O'Brien was invited to compete in the 200 fly.
For more information on the 2011 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, please visit http://www.ncaa.com/championships/swimming-women/d1.