#6 Cal Ready for the Art Adamson Invitational at TAMU

Nov. 19, 2008

Berkeley - Back in action for the first time since its 137-119 win over Washington on Oct. 30, the No. 6-ranked California women's swimming team competes in its first invitational of the season at the Art Adamson Invitational hosted by Texas A&M, Nov. 21-23. College Station will also be the host site for the 2009 NCAA Championships, Mar. 19-21.

Texas A&M will be providing live stats and live video, please go to www.aggieathletics.com and click over to the women's swim page.

As expected, many Cal swimmers are beginning to lower their times in the pool as the season progresses. Such was the case for senior Dana Vollmer, who swam an NCAA provisional and first-place time of 1:47.73 in the 200-yard freestyle against Washington, while junior Lauren Boyle came in second with a season-best 1:49.63 - almost three seconds faster than her time of 1:52.58 in the season opener against Pacific.

Another upperclassman, Madison Kennedy, also lowered her 100-yard freestyle time against Washington, clocking a first-place time of 50.27, while Lauren Rogers owns the top times in the 100 (55.27) and 200 (2:00.53) backstrokes.

Cal's freshmen class is still having early season success as well. Shelley Harper garnered a first-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly against Washington with a time of 2:02.26. Liv Jensen still owns the top time in the 50-yard free this season (22.96) set against Texas on Oct. 18, while Sara Isakovic owns the top time of the season in the 200 free (1:46.73, NCAA provisional time) and the 500 free (4:48.50) - both reached against Texas.

In diving news, freshman Molly Hayes registered an NCAA Zone qualifying score of 277.42 on the one-meter board at San Jose State on Nov. 14. Sophomore Laura Sanford, who set a personal-best score of 258.59 on the one-meter board, also placed second on the three-meter board with a score of 255.68. Freshman Alissa Barker, who has battled back from a bout with mono, registered a season-best 240.96 on the one-meter board.

In other news, eleven-time Olympic medalist and former California Golden Bear swimmer Natalie Coughlin was in attendance to accept top honors at the USA Swimming Foundation's Golden Goggle Awards, as she took home the award for Female Athlete of the Year on Nov. 17. The Award ceremony was held at the New York Hilton and was hosted by Bob Costas. The function also celebrated the accomplishments of the Olympic Swim Team at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

Coughlin earned six medals at the 2008 Olympics - one gold, two silver, and three bronze, becoming the first woman in any sport, to win six medals in one Olympiad. In 2008, Coughlin broke the 100m back world record three times and set a total of 11 American records.

In recruiting news, four high school swimming standouts - Mary Beck, Laura Evans, Caitlin Leverenz and Samantha Pearson - plus high school divers Rachel Becker and Kelsey Heiken have signed National Letters of Intent to join the University of California women's swimming and diving program for the 2009-10 season, Golden Bear head coach Teri McKeever announced on Nov. 13. Beck, who will join the Bears in January of 2009, signed a Financial Aid Agreement.

'I can't stress enough how fantastic these student-athletes are,' said McKeever. 'They fit in perfectly with out team philosophy, and will provide immediate impact to our program.'

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