California's Erin Reilly Named Pac-10 Women's Swimmer of the Month

March 13, 2006

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - CALIFORNIA swimmer Erin Reilly has been named the Pac-10 Women's Swimmer of the Month for February, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Reilly, a junior from Sacramento, Calif., helped California complete an undefeated regular season in the Golden Bears' 169-131 victory over Bay Area rival and then-No. 6 Stanford on Feb. 11. Reilly finished first in the 200-yard freestyle, touching the wall in 1:46.92. Her 50.07 split in the 400-yard freestyle relay helped Cal win the event. She also earned a second-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle (4:47.01) and a third-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle (23.38).

Reilly continued her success at the Pac-10 Championships in Long Beach, Calif. As a member of the 800-yard freestyle relay, Reilly and the Bears won the event for the third straight year with a time of 7:08.31. On Day 2, she notched a lifetime-best performance, clocking a 4:42.31 time in the 500-yard freestyle to earn second place. Cal took third in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:31.83, with Reilly splitting in 23.06. The junior continued to dominate on the third day, winning the 200-yard freestyle race in 1:45.70, and swimming her leg of the second place 400-yard medley relay in 52:89. Reilly finished the meet, placing second on the 400-yard freestyle relay team (3:18.01, splitting in 49.21) and sixth in the 100-yard freestyle (49.52).

This is the second monthly honor for Reilly and California's second Swimmer of the Month all-time.

2005-06 PAC-10 WOMEN'S SWIMMER OF THE MONTH: Oct. - Rebecca Soni, Sr., USC; Nov. - Erin McCleave, Jr., WSU. Dec. - Erin Reilly, Jr., CAL; Jan. - Brooke Bishop, So., STAN; Feb. - Erin Reilly, Jr., CAL.

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