Day One of the Art Adamson Invitational in the Books
Nov. 21, 2008
College Station - The sixth-ranked California Golden Bear women's swimming team had a strong showing in the first day of the Art Adamson Invitational hosted by Texas A&M at the Texas A&M Natatorium Friday, site of the 2009 NCAA Championships.
Cal began the evening on the right track as the quartet of Dana Vollmer, Madison Kennedy, Tara Thomas and Liv Jensen swam a first-place time and NCAA qualifying time of 1:29.28 in the 200-yard freestyle relay- the fastest time of the season for Cal in this event.
Junior Lauren Boyle nearly set a personal best (at Cal) with her first-place finish in the 500-yard free with a time of 4:41.76 (she had a 4:41.08 at the 2008 NCAA Championships). Boyle set the tone for the field earlier in the day when she clocked a 4:44.85 in the preliminaries. Freshman Sara Isakovic placed third in the 500 with her best time of the season at 4:43.42 - an NCAA B time. Junior Blake Hayter also reached an NCAA consideration mark of 4:48.17 (sixth-place) and freshman Shelley Harper came in seventh with a 4:49.06 (NCAA B time).
Vollmer lowered her time in the final of the 200 IM with a mark of 1:59.41, better than her 2:00.08 in the preliminaries earlier in the afternoon. The 1:59.41 is also a NCAA B standard and the fastest time of the season. Vollmer previously swam a 2:03.67 vs. Washington on Oct. 30.
Jensen, a freshman from Palo Alto, continued her early season success with a season-best and NCAA consideration mark of 22.30 (second place) in the 50-yard free. It is the fastest time this season, and it would place her fifth on Cal's all-time top-10 performance charts. Jensen swam a 23.08 in the prelims. Senior Madison Kennedy posted a fourth-place mark of 22.73 - also an NCAA B time.
Action resumes Saturday with the 200 medley relay, 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back and 800 free relay.
Teams scheduled to compete this weekend include No. 8 Texas A&M, No. 17 Southern Methodist, No. 18 Michigan, and perennially ranked opponents, Louisiana State, Purdue, and Washington.
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