No. 5 Bears Win Five Events on Day 2 at Georgia Invite

Dec. 3, 2005

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ATHENS, Georgia - The No. 5 Cal women's swimming team automatically qualified two relays for the 2006 NCAA Championships and won five events overall in the second day of the Georgia Invitational. The Golden Bears (650 points) sit in second behind No. 1 Georgia (683.5) after two days of competition.

The 200 medley relay team of Sherry Tsai, Jessica Hardy, Erin Reilly and Emily Silver posted an NCAA A and first-place time of 1:39.36. Cal also won the 800 free relay, posting a 7:11.48, (NCAA A) thanks to Ashley Chandler, Reilly, Lauren Rogers and Silver.

Jessica Hardy, the current world record holder in the 100-meter breast, took first in the 100 breast in 59.51 (NCAA A), followed by Annie Babicz (3rd, 1:01.26 A+) and Genevieve Patterson (6th, 1:03.36 B).

Rachel Ridgeway won the 400 IM, posting a 4:16.93 (NCAA B).

Reilly won the 200 free in 1:46.85 (NCAA A), and was joined in the top 10 by Emily Silver (4th, 1:47.60, NCAA B), Lauren Andrews (8th, 1:51.49) and Chandler (9th, 1:47.52, NCAA B).

In the 100 butterfly, Cal had five swimmers in the top 10: Reilly in fourth (54.52, NCAA B), Leann Toomey in sixth (54.87, NCAA B), Babicz in seventh (55.05, NCAA B), Ridgeway in ninth (54.88, NCAA B) and Tsai in 10th (55.06, NCAA B).

In the 100 back, Helen Silver (3rd, 54.40 A), Tsai (5th, 54.78 B) and Rogers (6th, 55.25 B) competed in the final.

Also in the 200 medley relay, Rogers, Patterson, Ridgeway and Kelly Stravers took fifth (1:42.64, NCAA B) and Helen Silver, Babicz, Toomey and Andrews took sixth (1:42.88, NCAA B).

In the 800 free relay, the Bears also took third in the event (7:23.40, NCAA B) with Ridgeway, Andrews, Tsai and Helen Silver.

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