Cal Sets American Record in 400-Medley Relay at NCAA Championships

March 8, 2007

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Second-ranked California swam a 3:30.18 to set a new American, U.S. Open, NCAA and pool record and win the 400-yard medley relay on Thursday night at the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at the Minnesota Aquatics Center. The foursome of sophomore Lauren Rogers, sophomore Jessica Hardy, sophomore Dana Vollmer and junior Emily Silver swam the relay for the Golden Bears, who stand in fourth place with 98 points after one night of finals.

Cal had another record-breaking performance from Silver, who set a school record with a lifetime-best time of 21.99 to take fourth place in the 50-freestyle final. Silver's time beat the old record of 22.01 set by former Bears star Natalie Coughlin in 2003.

Vollmer won the 50-free consolation final and took ninth place overall with a time of 22.09. Georgia's Kara Lynn Joyce won the event in a pool-record 21.71.

In the 500 free, Cal freshman Blake Hayter repeated her sixth-place prelim finish when she swam a 4:42.41 to take sixth in the final. Senior teammate Erin Reilly won the consolation final when she swam the fourth-fastest overall time in the 500 free, with a 4:41.92.

Auburn's Adrienne Binder won the 500 free in 4:36.96.

The Cal quartet of Hardy, senior Sherry Tsai, senior Annie Babicz and Reilly swam a 1:30.34 to take 11th in the 200-free relay. Arizona won the race in an NCAA-, American-, U.S. Open- and pool-record 1:27.23.

Tomorrow's prelim events begin at 11 a.m. CT.

NCAA Championships
Top 10 Team Standings (through 6 events)

School	Points1. Arizona	1682. Auburn	1553. Stanford	123.54. California	985. Georgia	866. Texas A&M	82.57. Florida	618. Michigan	579. Texas	549. Kentucky	54

California Results - Thursday Finals

200-Yard Freestyle Relay
11. Cal (Jessica Hardy, Sherry Tsai, Annie Babicz, Erin Reilly) 1:30.34.

500-Yard Freestyle
6. Blake Hayter 4:42.41. 9. Erin Reilly 4:41.92.

50-Yard Freestyle
4. Emily Silver 21.99*. 9. Dana Vollmer 22.09.

400-Yard Medley Relay
1. Cal (Lauren Rogers, Jessica Hardy, Dana Vollmer, Emily Silver) 3:30.18*^%p.

* Cal school record^ American record% U.S. Open recordp Minnesota Aquatics Center pool record

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