Hardy, Vollmer Win Prelims at NCAA Championships

March 9, 2007

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - California sophomores Jessica Hardy and Dana Vollmer won the preliminary races for the 100-yard breaststroke and 100 butterfly, respectively, on Friday at the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships held at the Minnesota Aquatics Center.

Hardy, the defending NCAA champion in the 100 breaststroke, swam a 1:00.19 in her race. Vollmer, the 2007 Pac-10 champion in the 100 fly, clocked a pool-record 51.33 in the 100 fly for the second-ranked Golden Bears, who stand in fourth place with 98 points after last night's finals.

Tonight's finals begin at 7 p.m. CT.

Arizona leads the way with 168 points, defending champion Auburn is second with 155 and Stanford is third with 123.5.

The Bears also took second in the first prelim of the morning, with senior Sherry Tsai, Hardy, Vollmer and junior Emily Silver combining to swim a season-best 1:37.98 in the 200-medley relay. That time is just one tenth of a second off the Cal record of 1:37.88, set in 2002. Arizona won the relay with a pool-record 1:37.57.

Cal senior Erin Reilly swam a lifetime-best 1:44.40 to take second in the 200-freestyle prelim. Auburn's Emily Kukors won the race in 1:43.96.

Junior Rachel Ridgeway had Cal's top finish in the 400 individual medley, swimming a lifetime-best 4:12.82 to take eighth place. Princeton's Alicia Aemisegger won the 400 IM in 4:07.16.

Sophomore Lauren Rogers swam the Bears' best finish in the 100 backstroke with a 53.71 to take 10th place. Senior teammate Sherry Tsai recorded a lifetime-best 53.82 to take 12th. Arizona's Hailey Degolia won the prelim in a pool-record 52.66.

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 - Friday Preliminaries

200-Yard Medley Relay2. Cal (Sherry Tsai, Jessica Hardy, Dana Vollmer, Emily Silver) 1:37.98.

400-Yard Individual Medley8. Rachel Ridgeway 4:12.82. 31. Heather White 4:19.84. 32. Courtney Eronemo 4:19.90.

100-Yard Butterfly1. Dana Vollmer 51.33p. 25. Leann Toomey 54.25.

200-Yard Freestyle2. Erin Reilly 1:44.40. 16. Emily Silver 1:47.00. 41. Blake Hayter 1:48.74. 49. Lauren Andrews 1:49.29. 54. Lauren Boyle 1:49.56.

100-Yard Breaststroke1. Jessica Hardy 1:00.19. 16. Annie Babicz 1:01.71. 17. Alexandra Ellis 1:01.72.

100-Yard Backstroke10. Lauren Rogers 53.71. 12. Sherry Tsai 53.82

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