Bears Finish 8th at NCAA Championships

March 19, 2005

BERKELEY--The No.11 Cal Golden Bears wrapped up competition at the 2005 NCAA women's swimming and diving championships with an eighth-place team finish. Cal got outstanding performances from the Silver sisters, with freshman Emily taking fourth in the 100-yard freestyle and junior Helen turning in a ninth-place showing in the 200 back in West Lafayette, Ind.

'I'm really proud of our girls,' said Cal assistant Whitney Hite. 'We were pushed really hard by the teams behind us. We stood strong and we got eighth. We fought for every point.'

Emily Silver swam the fastest time (48.72) in the preliminaries of the 100 free, which set a new Boilermaker Aquatic Center record and is second on Cal's all-time list. In the finals, she turned in a time of 48.73 for fourth place overall.

In the 200 back, Helen Silver's ninth-place time of 1:55.88 put the All-American at second on Cal's all-time list. Freshman Emily Verdin finished 15th in the race in 1:58.02. Verdin's 1:57.25 in the prelims puts her at seventh all-time for the Bears.

Cal's 400 free relay team of senior Lauren Medina, sophomore Sherry Tsai, sophomore Lauren Andrews and Emily Silver notched a sixth-place time of 3:19.44. Medina's leg of the relay (49.84) is a lifetime best for the All-American senior.

'We did a really nice job in the relay tonight,' Hite said. 'We went right past Texas and got sixth. Lauren Medina got a best time leading off the relay. I couldn't be more proud of her, being a senior and ending on such a good note.'

Sophomore All-American Erin Reilly finished 19th in the 1650 free, clocking a time of 16:25.95, which is No. 7 for Call all-time.

Georgia won the team title with 609.5 points, followed by Auburn (492), Arizona (440), Florida (355) and Stanford (313). Southern Methodist finished one place ahead of Cal in seventh with 170 points. Indiana followed the Bears in ninth with 112. Cal placed sixth at the NCAA meet a year ago.

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