No. 11 Cal in 8th at NCAAs

March 18, 2005

BERKELEY-- Senior All-American Lauren Medina led the way for No. 11 Cal in the second day of competition at the 2005 NCAA Championships held in West Lafayette, Ind. Medina placed fifth in the 200-yard freestyle, clocking a lifetime best 1:46.28, Friday.

Cal sits in eighth place as a team with 97 points. Georgia leads the team race with 422.5, followed by Auburn (329) and Arizona (290) going into the final day of competition.

'We're in it for eighth,' said Cal assistant Whitney Hite. 'We're going to give it all we have tomorrow. We did a nice job today.'

Three of the four swimmers ahead of Medina in the 200 free are Olympians: Auburn's Margaret Hoelzer, Georgia's Amanda Weir and Kara Lynn Joyce. Also in the 200, sophomore Erin Reilly took 12th in a time of 1:46.61. Former Cal swimmer Natalie Coughlin holds the current NCAA, American and US Open record in that event at 1:42.65, which she set in 2002.

In the 800 free relay, the Bears finished fifth in a school record time of 7:07.87 with the help of freshman Emily Silver, junior Ashley Chandler, sophomore Erin Reilly and Medina. Chandler, Reilly and Medina return from Cal's 2004 NCAA 800-meter free championship relay squad.

In the 100 breast, sophomore Annie Babicz placed 16th in 1:02.37. Cal's 200 medley relay was disqualified in the preliminary round.

Saturday, the final day of competition, will include the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, 400 free relay, 1650 free, 1500 free and platform diving.

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