No. 5 Cal in Second After Day 1 at Georgia Invite

Dec. 3, 2005

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ATHENS, Georgia - The No. 5 Cal women's swimming team won two events and posted 15 top-10 finishes in the first day of competition at the Georgia Invitational, Friday. The Bears are in second (256 points), behind top-ranked Georgia (295.5).

Junior Erin Reilly put forth an impressive performance in the 500 free, clocking 4:42.86 in the win, which automatically qualifies her for the NCAA Championships. Reilly's time is the best by a Bear this season and ranks fifth overall in Cal's all-time top 10.

The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Jessica Hardy, Annie Babicz, Helen Silver and Emily Silver notched a winning time of 1:31.59 B (NCAA B).

The Bears also finished fourth in the 200 free relay - with Reilly, Sherry Tsai, Lauren Andrews and Kelly Stravers (1:33.03, NCAA B) - and ninth, with Lauren Rogers, Genevieve Patterson, Natalie LaRochelle and Leann Toomey (1:37.37).

Cal had a strong showing in the 500 free beyond Reilly's win, with Rachel Ridgeway taking sixth (4:51.01, NCAA B) and Ashley Chandler finishing ninth (4:45.95, NCAA B).

The Bears had three swimmers in the final of the 200 IM, with Helen Silver taking second (2:00.93, NCAA B), Tsai in sixth (2:03.48, NCAA B) and Jessica Hardy in eighth (2:03.99, NCAA B). Emily Silver won the B final in 2:03.70 (NCAA B) for ninth place.

Emily Silver's 22.98 (NCAA B) in the 50 free was good for second place. Hardy took seventh in 23.56 (NCAA B), and Babicz won the B final in 23.59.

Cal rounded out Day 1 with a second-place showing in the 400 medley relay. Helen Silver, Hardy, Toomey and Emily Silver finished in 3:38.63 (NCAA B). The Bears also won the B final, with Tsai, Babicz, Reilly and Lauren Andrews (3:40.46, NCAA B).

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