No. 4 Bears Take on UC Santa Barbara

Nov. 17, 2006

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The fourth-ranked California women's swimming and diving team (5-0) takes on UC Santa Barbara (1-4) in a non-conference dual meet at 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17, at Campus Pool in Santa Barbara.

National Ranking
The latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America national poll ranks Cal, which was idle last week, at No. 4 in the nation, with 243 points. Five other Pac-10 teams - top-ranked Stanford (269), No. 2 Arizona (256), No. 9 Southern California (196), No. 14 UCLA (153) and No. 24 Arizona State (61) - are also ranked.

Scouting the Gauchos
UC Santa Barbara has a 1-4 record. In the Gauchos' most recent meet, they won seven of 14 events en route to a 147-112 victory over UC San Diego on Nov. 4 in their home opener at Campus Pool. Sophomore Jessica Cruzat won both the 200-yard butterfly (2:09.34) and 500 freestyle (5:06.52).for the Gauchos.

Santa Barbara also lost two meets against Hawai'i, 124-109 and 148-143, and lost to UCLA, 147-110, and Oregon State, 145-117, this season.

UCSB senior Jennifer Schwalb earned Big West Athlete of the Week honors for the second time this year for the week ending Oct. 29, after winning three individual races and taking second place twice in the meets against Hawai'i. Schwalb won the 200 fly twice (2:01.65 and 2:01.45) and also claimed the 100 fly (56.15). She also swam on a victorious 200-medley relay.

Former Cal swimmer Gregg Wilson is in his 23rd year as head coach of the women's program at UCSB.

Last Time Out:
Cal Beats Pacific
Top-ranked Cal defeated visiting Pacific, 162-83, in a non-conference dual meet on Nov. 3 at Spieker Aquatics Complex. The Bears won 12 of 14 events, with Cal senior Sherry Tsai capturing the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 55.18 and the 100 butterfly in a time of 55.67.

Tsai's time in the 100 back tied her and Cal's best time of the season in that event and her time in the 100 fly is the Bears' second-best mark of the year.

Looking Ahead:
Bears Head to Georgia Invitational
Cal next competes in the Georgia Invitational Dec. 1-3. At the 2005 Georgia Invitational, the Bears took second place, with 905 points, behind host Georgia (1007.5).

Cal opens 2007 with meets in Arizona, where it faces Arizona State at 1 p.m. on Jan. 12 in Tempe and Arizona at 1 p.m. on Jan. 13 in Tucson.

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