California Holds Slim Lead After First Day Of 2007 Pac-10 Championships

Feb. 14, 2007

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Long Beach, Calif. - California holds a slim two-point lead over Stanford after the first day of the Pac-10 Women's Swimming Championships began today at Long Beach's Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool. Competition started at 6:00 PM with two events; the 200 medley relay and 800 free relay. In the first of the two events, Stanford posted a new Pac-10 and school record with a time of 21:37.71 in the 200 medley relay.

'This was a great opening event for us. All of our girls were unshaved and not tapered so to come away with a win and school record is a greatfeeling. This win sets us up for the rest of the meet,' said Stanford head coach Lea Maurer.

In a close second the entire race, Arizona was later disqualified with an early takeoff by the second swimmer.

California placed second in the event with a 1:39.16 time as both Stanford and Cal had NCAA qualifying times. Arizona State, USC, UCLA, and Oregon State came away with NCAA consideration times.

In the 800 yard freestyle relay, California made a new Pac-10 meet time of 7:05.59, beating the 7:08.13 mark set in 2004. Along with Cal, Arizona and Stanford finished with qualifying times, 7:06.11 and 7:06.59 respectively. Consideration times were given to Oregon State, Washington, USC, UCLA, and Arizona State.

Competition continues on Thursday with preliminaries starting at 11:00 AM in the 500 free, 200 IM and 50 free. The finals begin at 6:00 PM and will also include the 200 free relay.

Day 1 Standings:

1. California 120
2. Stanford 118
3. USC 100
3. Oregon St. 100
5. UCLA 96
5. Washington 96
7. Washington St. 88
8. Arizona 56
9. Arizona St. 54
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