California Women's Swimming Poised for Success at NCAAs
March 17, 2008
California Golden Bears2008 NCAA ChampionshipsMarch 20-22Columbus, Ohio
NCAA Championship Quick Reference Sheet
>> Follow the action live on www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com (on the women's swimming page, click the NCAA icon). A list of all the events is also located on the tournament website. A 90-minute, tape-delayed broadcast on March 28 at 11 a.m. PT on ESPN2.
About the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion
Considered one of the finest competition pools and diving wells in the nation, the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion's new technology provides a venue for some of the fastest times and best diving in the country. In fact, the July 2007 issue of Aquatics International magazine stated this about McCorkle: 'a state-of-the-art competition pool loaded with the latest technology sets a university apart from the competition.' Dedicated October 14, 2005, the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion is the newest addition to Ohio State's top-notch athletic facilities. The Pavilion consists of the Mike Peppe Natatorium and the Ron O'Brien Diving Well. Holding nearly 1.56 million gallons of water in the entire facility, the Pavilion is part of Ohio State's new Recreation and Physical Activity Center (RPAC). The McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion has already has hosted numerous championship competitions and is scheduled to host more.
On the Blocks
2007 was a banner year for the California Golden Bears at the NCAA Championships in Minnesota -- claiming five national titles, setting three new American records and boasting 10 All-Americans, while placing third overall - their best finish in school history. The Bears will look to leave their mark in excellence in this year's NCAA Championships, March 20-22 in Columbus, Ohio, hosted by The Ohio State University and the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. 'We are moving closer to a national title possibility,' said 16-year head coach Teri McKeever prior to the start of the 2007-08 season. 'It's exciting to be legitimately talking about that possibility. I'm proud of this group of women that is focused on personal excellence in the pool.' McKeever certainly has reason to believe that this could be the year that Cal can bring a national team championship home Berkeley based on the amazing skill, athleticism, and dominance displayed by her squad this year.
Breaking down the Bears
Dana VollmerFree/Fly * Jr. * 6-1 * Granbury, Texas (Florida)
Considered one of the elite swimmers in the national and world scene ... a 2008 Beijing U.S. Olympic hopeful ... earned an Olympic gold medal from the 2004 games in Athens ... she has practically rewritten the Cal record book in the 100 butterfly this year - owns the second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth-fastest 100 fly times in school history ... she reaffirmed her status as Pac-10 royalty of the 100 fly with a first-place finish time of 51.25 - the fourth-fastest mark in school history ... Vollmer also won the 2007 Pac-10 100 fly at a record time of 50.80 (third-fastest mark in school history) ... broke Mary T. Meagher's 1986 Cal dual meet mark in the 200 fly of 1:56.71 with a record time of 1:53.96 set at Stanford on Feb. 16, 2008 ... broke Natalie Coughlin's 2003 Cal dual meet mark of 51.88 in the 100 fly with a record time of 51.79 set at Stanford on Feb. 16, 2008 ... was in the foursome that broke the 2007 Cal dual meet mark of 3:18.33 in the 400 free relay with a record time of 3:16.54 set at Stanford on Feb. 16, 2008 ... was in the foursome that broke the 2000 Cal dual meet mark of 1:33.04 in the 200 free relay with a record time of 1:32.22 set at UCLA on Feb. 2, 2008 ... broke a Stanford pool record with a 51.79 in the 100 fly on Feb. 16, 2008.
Last year at the NCAAs - earned All-America honors ... captured the 100 fly title with a time of 50.69 - a Minnesota Aquatics Center record ... placed third in the 200 fly with a 1:54.30 ... was on the first-place relay teams in the 400 free, 800 free and 400 medley ... both the 400 free (3:12.13) and 400 medley (3:30.18) winning times were Cal, American, U.S. Open and Minnesota Aquatics Center pool records.
Lauren RogersBack * Jr. * 5-7 * Concord, Calif. (Carondelet)
To say that Rogers is having a solid junior campaign would be a severe understatement ... the local product from Concord is scorching the competition in the backstroke events, while also rewriting the Cal record books ... Rogers continued to assault the record books in the 100 back with her first-place finish of 51.80 at this year's Pac-10 Championships - the second-fastest mark in program history and lifetime best ... earlier in the day Rogers recorded the fastest preliminary time of 52.83 - now the fourth-fastest time in school history ... now owns five of the top 10 fastest marks in the 100 back in school history ... not to go unnoticed, it was Rogers' second consecutive win in the 100 back at the conference championships, besting her 2007 time of 53.48 ... she also won a gold medal in the 50 backstroke at the Victorian State Championships in January ... Rogers simply just turned it on in the final 50 yards of the 200 back to capture this year's Pac-10 title with a time of 1:55.53 -- a lifetime best and the third-fastest time in school history ... she now has her name prominently displayed three times in the top 10 finishes of the 200 back ... her win was also the fourth time in the last eight years that a swimmer from Cal has won the 200 back at the conference championships.
Last year at the NCAAs - earned All-America honors ... placed ninth in the 100 back ... was on the 200-yard medley relay team that established a new Cal record at 1:36.60 in the 200, and on the first-place 400-yard medley relay team that set Cal, American, U.S. Open and Minnesota Aquatics Center pool records.
Emily SilverFree/IM * Sr. * 5-11 * Bainbridge Island, Wash. (Bainbridge HS)
The tempo and pace was set last summer when the senior product from Bainbridge won gold (400 free relay) and silver (400 medley relay) medals at the World University Games ... Silver transferred that momentum into a dominant senior season ... she registered a freestyle trifecta against Arizona State earning victories in the 50 (23.03), 100 (49.93) and 200 (1:48.57) freestyle relays ... prior to the Pac-10 Championships, she recorded 18 first-place finishes (including relays) in dual meets in 2007-08 ... was in the foursome that established a new Pac-10 meet record with a first-place 800-yard freestyle relay time of 7:04.13 at the conference championships ... she was also in the foursome that set a new program record in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:28.70 at the Pac-10 Championships ... owns four of the top 10 records in the 100 fly, including three new records this season ... she is also the school record holder in the 50 free at 21.99.
Last year at the NCAAs - earned All-America honors ... set a school record after a fourth-place finish in the 50 free ... took third-place in the 100 free and tenth in the 100 free ... was on the first-place relay teams in the 400 free, 800 free and 400 medley ... both the 400 free (3:12.13) and 400 medley (3:30.18) winning times were Cal, American, U.S. Open and Minnesota Aquatics Center pool records ... also on the 200 medley relay team that set a new Cal record time of 1:36.60.
Keep an eye on ...
Madison KennedyFree * Jr. * 6-0 * Avon, Conn. (Avon HS/Rutgers)
The transfer from Rutgers burst on the scene displaying dominance in the freestyle events and has provided stability in her first year with the Golden Bears ... Kennedy owns Cal's fastest 50 free time (and fourth-fastest in school history) this season at 22.25 set at the Pac-10 Championships ... Kennedy also posted a 22.41 (sixth-fastest in school history) in the 50 at the preliminaries of the Pac-10 Championships as well ... she shaved off nearly two seconds from her preliminary time to finish in third-place in the 200-yard freestyle with the eighth-fastest mark in school history at 1:46.17 at the conference championships as well.
Lauren BoyleFree * So. * 5-11 * Whenupai, Auckland, New Zealand
Boyle has come into her own down the stretch he sophomore season ... she broke a 20-year school record after winning the Pac-10 Championship in the 1650-yard freestyle ... she smashed the longstanding record, previously held by Sarah Anderson who swam the 1650 free in 16:10.33 back in 1988, by nearly seven seconds at 16:03.51, and two seconds ahead of second-place finisher Elizabeth Durot from Stanford ... Boyle really separated herself from the pack in the 11th 50-yard split at a blistering 29.07 clip ... it was a lifetime best for Boyle, whose previous best in the 1650 was 16:23.98 at the U.S. Short Course National Championships in Atlanta on Nov. 29 ... her victory also signified the first time since 1989 (Anderson) that Cal has won the 1650 free at the conference championships ... she also placed fourth in the 500 free pac-10 championship final with an NCAA 'A' qualifying time of 4:45.37 - a big leap from her 2007 Pac-10 500 final at the conference championships, when she placed 11th with a time of 4:48.14 ... her time of 4:45.37 also tied Dana Vollmer for the 10th-fastest mark in school history.
Hannah WilsonFly/Free * Fr. * 5-6 * Hong Kong, China (Island School)
This freshman sensation has really excelled under the tutelage of Teri McKeever and has made substantial strides on the Cal relays ... posted the ninth-fastest time in school history in the 50 free at 22.57 set at the Pac-10 championships ... was on the Golden Bear relay team that placed third in the 200 medley relay with an NCAA `A' qualifying time of 1:38.70 at the Pac-10 Championships ... was also a part of the foursome that set a new school record in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a second-place finish in the conference championship final at 1:28.70 ... set a personal-best 53.05 in the 100 fly finals at Pac-10s ... was in the first-place foursome that broke a Pac-10 meet record in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:13.22.
The McKeever FileRegarded as one of the best swimming mentors in the United States, Teri McKeever is in her 16th year as head coach of the University of California's women's swimming program.
McKeever has taken the Cal program to new heights and is often regarded in the coaching circle as the sports' influential innovator, because of her unique training methods. Under McKeever's watch, the Golden Bears have produced five Pac-10 Swimmers of the Year, including three-time winner Natalie Coughlin and 11 consecutive Top 10 NCAA finishes, including a program-best third-place finish in 2007. She has amassed an impressive 137-45 dual meet record in her tenure with Cal.
In 2007 Cal claimed five national titles, set three new American Records at the NCAA Championships and boasted 10 All-Americans.
Records and Cal success aside, what makes McKeever so widely renowned is her impact on the international scene. She is the first woman coach on the U.S. Olympic Swimming team, and the first woman to be named head coach of the national team at a major international meet (the 2006 Pan Pacific meet in British Columbia). She also served as an assistant coach for the U.S. team during World Championship competition in 2003, 2005 and 2007. Other international coaching duties included assistant roles with the 2001 Goodwill Games and the 2002 Pan Pacific Championships.
In addition to those historical milestones, McKeever is above all proud to have trained the best of the best on the international scene. McKeever helped guide Cal alumna Natalie Coughlin to five Olympic medals, including two gold, alum Haley Cope to a silver medal and the entire U.S. swimming team to 28 medals, including 12 gold. McKeever also coached Staciana Stitts, who became the first Cal woman swimmer to earn an Olympic gold medal since Mary T. Meagher in 1984, when Stitts was a member of the U.S. gold medal-winning 400-meter medley relay at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Prior to making her mark on Cal women's swimming, McKeever had strong ties to the Pac-10 Conference, both as an athlete and as a coach. A former USC All-American herself, she competed in the NCAA Championship meet all four years while at USC and helping the Trojans to four consecutive NCAA top-10 finishes. She earned All-America honors in both 1980 and '81. As a senior in 1983, McKeever was named USC's Outstanding Student-Athlete. She worked as an assistant coach at USC from 1984-87, helping develop several All-Americans.