Bears strong at Janet Evans Invite

July 18, 2005

LOS ANGELES -- Cal swimmers, both current and former, turned in 13 Top-5 performances in the Janet Evans Invitational at USC's McDonald's Swim Stadium over the weekend.

Former Cal women's swimmers Lauren Medina and Staciana (Stitts) Winfield posted first-place finishes in the 200-meter freestyle and 100 breast respectively. Medina won the 200 free in 2:01.96 and was followed by current Bears Ashley Chandler in second (2:02.10) and Erin Reilly in fifth (2:02.68).

Winfield won the 100 breast in 1:09.89, followed by current Cal swimmer Genevieve Patterson in fourth (1:12.53). Winfield also finished in the Top-5 in the 200 breast, placing third in 2:32.76. Medina rounded out her weekend with a ninth-place showing in the 400 free (4:20.63), which was the top time in the 'A' consolation race.

Helen Silver put forth strong showings in the 100 and 200 back, placing third in the 100 (1:03.46) and second in the 200 (2:13.91). Lauren Andrews finished eighth in the 100 back in 1:04.74.

Erin Reilly took fifth in the 100 free (57.88) and ninth in the 50 free (26.85). Annie Babicz finished fourth in the 50 free in 26.36.

For the men, Evan Lane placed third in the 50 free (23.38) and fifth in the 100 free (52.12). William Copeland turned in a 51.85 for third in the 100 free and 23.55 in the 50 free, which was good for ninth, while John Dorr finished fourth in the 200 IM in 2:05.28.

The Janet Evans Invitational concluded the Grand Prix series. The Grand Prix meets are tune-up competitions for international competitions and an opportunity for swimmers to compete against top-notch competition. The FINA World Championships will be held July 24-31 in Montreal, Canada, and the World University Games will take place on August 12-17 in Izmir, Turkey.

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