Hardy Wins 100 Breaststroke Title at NCAA Championships

March 17, 2006

ATHENS, Georgia - Freshman Jessica Hardy won the 100-yard breaststroke title and the No. 3 California Golden Bears sit in fourth place after two days of the 2006 NCAA Women's Swimming Championships. Hardy was seeded first in the final and clocked a 1:00.02 for the title at the University of Georgia's Gabrielsen Natatorium Friday.

Hardy's title is the first individual title by a Cal woman swimmer since Natalie Coughlin won the 100 back and 100 butterfly crowns in 2004. The Bears also won the 800 free relay that year.

Cal is currently in fourth with 205 points. Defending national champion Georgia leads the team race (379), followed by Auburn (326) and Arizona (315).

Junior Erin Reilly turned in a second-place performance in the 200 free, with a new lifetime-best time of 1:44.63. She was seeded second in the event after posting a 1:45.00 in this morning's prelims - her previous lifetime best. Senior Ashley Chandler finished eighth in the championship final in 1:47.39.

The Bears' 200 medley relay team of junior Sherry Tsai, Hardy, sophomore Leann Toomey and sophomore Emily Silver finished fourth in 1:39.09.

Senior Helen Silver won the consolation final of the 100 back in 53.35, which was tied for the fourth-fastest time in the final two heats. Her time of 53.35 eclipsed the 53.69 she clocked in the prelims, which was a lifetime best.

The 800 free relay team of Chandler, Silver, freshman Lauren Rogers and Reilly finished fourth in 7:07.38.

Junior Annie Babicz was third in the consolation championship (11th overall) of the 100 breast in a time of 1:01.72.

Rachel Ridgeway took fifth in the consolation final (14th overall) of the 400 IM in a time of 4:18.26.

2006 NCAA ChampionshipsDay 2 Finals Results

200 freestyle 2 Reilly, Erin, 1:45.008 Chandler, Ashley, 1:47.39

100 breaststroke1 Hardy, Jessica, 1:00.0211 Babicz, Annie, 1:01.72

200 medley relay4 California, 1:39.09Tsai, Sherry; Hardy, Jessica; Toomey, Leann; Silver, Emily

400 IM14 Ridgeway, Rachel, 4:18.26

100 backstroke9 Silver, Helen, 53.35

800 free relay4 California 7:07.38Chandler, Ashley; Silver, Emily; Rogers, Lauren; Reilly, Erin

Team Standings (through Day 2)1. Georgia 3792. Auburn 3263. Arizona 3154. California 2055. Stanford 1646. USC 1407. Florida 1018. Wisconsin 93

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