Golden Bears Set to Tangle with Texas on Saturday

Oct. 15, 2008

Berkeley -

On the Pool Deck
Fresh off its season opening victory at Pacific last Saturday, the California women’s swimming team returns to action this weekend, facing stiff competition against the Texas Longhorns in the home opener on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 12 p.m.

The Golden Bears have plenty of talent and experience back in the pool this season, including 2008 All-Americans Madison Kennedy, Dana Vollmer, Lauren Rogers, Lauren Boyle, Alexandra Ellis, Tara Thomas, Hannah Wilson and Amanda Sims. Head coach Teri McKeever also has a solid blend of first-year athletes, including Olympic silver medalist Sara Isakovic.

The Bears are 2-6 all-time versus Texas, but did prevail in their last meeting with the Longhorns by a count of 198-102 on Oct. 16, 1999.

On the Blocks
- Cal opened the 2008-09 campaign with a 147.5-103.5 win over Pacific in Stockton last Saturday.
- The Bears were dominant in the freestyle events, capturing first place victories in the 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000.
- Five Cal newcomers made their debut at Pacific - Ursula Dailey, Kirstyn Colonias, Liv Jensen, Shelley Harper and Isakovic.
- Harper captured first place in the 500 free, touching the wall with a time of 5:00.24
- Swimming in her first collegiate dual meet, Olympic silver medalist Sara Isakovic swam a second-place time of 23.96 in the 50 free (behind first-place finisher Dana Vollmer).
- In the 200-yard medley relay, Cal’s foursome of Lauren Rogers, Alexandra Ellis, Hannah Wilson and Madison Kennedy had a first-place finish time of 1:45.58. The Bears’ other foursome of Erica Dagg, Colonias, Dailey and Vollmer clocked a second place time of 1:48.47.
- Blake Hayter (10:11.27), Harper (10:11.67) and Sara Sun (10:21.50) finished 1-2-3 respectively in 1000-yard freestyle.
- Cal had another 1-2-3 finish in the 200-yard freestyle, with Lauren Boyle garnering a first-place finish of 1:52.58, followed by Rogers (1:55.36) and Dagg (1:56.24).

2007-08 Cal Highlights
- Placed fifth at the 2008 NCAA Championships – the third consecutive year that the women’s swim program has placed in the nation’s top five.
- 10 Golden Bear student-athletes collected All-America honors.
- Seven student-athletes were selected to the Pac-10 All-Academic team.
- Cal had 21 former and current athletes represented at the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials in Omaha, Neb. in June. Additionally, four other current and former Bears represented their respective countries at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
- Cal head coach Teri McKeever was an assistant coach with the U.S. Olympic team in Beijing.
- Cal swimming legend Natalie Coughlin made Olympic history in the pool, becoming the first American woman ever (in any sport) to medal six times in a single Olympiad after garnering a silver in the women’s 4x100-meter medley relay. Coughlin has now attained 11 career Olympic medals, and tied former Cal men’s swimmer Matt Biondi with the most Olympic medals by any Cal athlete.
- Recent Cal graduate Emily Silver claimed her first Olympic medal (silver) when she was a part of the 4x100-meter freestyle relay.
- Freshman Sara Isakovic (representing her native Slovenia) won a silver medal in the 200 free, finishing in 1:54.97, just 0.15 seconds behind winner Frederica Pellegrini of Italy.
- Three current Golden Bear swimmers – Madison Kennedy, Lauren Rogers, Amanda Sims – all qualified (on the 26-member roster) for the 2009 World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia.
- Dana Vollmer and Lauren Rogers repeated as Pac-10 champions in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke, respectively. Rogers also claimed a title in the 200 backstroke.
- Madison Kennedy set a school record in the 50-yard freestyle with a 21.87 at the NCAA Championships.
- Lauren Boyle broke the school record in the 1650-yard free with a fifth-place finish and personal-best 16:01.80 at the 2008 NCAA Championships (she first broke the record at the 2008 Pac-10 Championships with a 16:03.51 - a record that stood for 20 years).
- Cal continued its dominance in the 800-yard freestyle relay at Pac-10s, claiming the top spot for a fifth consecutive year.
- Dana Vollmer broke Mary T. Meagher’s 1986 Cal dual meet record in the 200 fly with a time of 1:53.96 at Stanford and Natalie Coughlin’s 2003 dual meet record in the 100 fly with a time of 51.79 also at Stanford.

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