Cal Tops UCLA 172-123, Sets Pool Record in 200 Free Relay
Jan. 31, 2009
Berkeley - The California women's swimming team rebounded nicely from its setback against USC on Friday with a convincing 172-123 Pac-10 dual meet victory over UCLA on a beautiful sunny afternoon at Spieker Aquatics Complex on Saturday. The Golden Bears also saved their best for last as the foursome of Madison Kennedy, Hannah Wilson, Liv Jensen and Dana Vollmer set a pool record in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:31.49 - also an NCAA B qualifying standard.
Cal (4-3, 3-2 Pac-10) will have a week of rest before its Bay Area showdown with Stanford on Saturday, Feb. 14 in Berkeley.
'I was really proud of how the girls responded today,' said head coach Teri McKeever. 'The pool record in the 200 free relay was really special as well. We will use this week as an opportunity to improve and get better in the pool as a team, and prepare for our final home meet against Stanford on the 14th.'
Cal began the meet with a solid first place finish (1:42.11) in the 200-yard medley relay led by Lauren Rogers, Alexandra Ellis, Wilson and Jensen. Wilson began to create some separation in the third leg with a strong split in the butterfly. The race was topped off perfectly with Jensen who glided seamlessly through the water in the freestyle split. Cal's second quartet of Amanda Sims, Kirstyn Colonias, Tara Thomas and Erica Dagg placed second with a time of 1:45.32.
Vollmer and Boyle provided a 1-2 punch in the 200-yard freestyle as Vollmer collected a first-place victory with a time of 1:47.88, while Boyle clocked a 1:49.26.
Kennedy achieved a season-best 56.31 - good enough for a second place finish in the 100-yard backstroke. Kennedy also took home a first place finish in the 50-yard freestyle in 23 seconds flat.
Cal was efficient in the 200-yard butterfly as Amanda Sims touched the wall first with a time of 1:59.71, followed by Wilson in second with a 2:01.11.
Vollmer and Dagg checked in with season-best times of 23.38 and 23.71 respectively in the 50 free as well.
Kennedy, who registered a first-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle against USC on Friday, repeated that feat on Saturday against the Bruins with a time of 50.21. Jensen followed in second with a time of 50.35 and Wilson in third with a 50.36.
No problem for the Bears in the 500-yard freestyle as well after notching a 1-2-3 showing. Boyle earned the victory with a time of 4:49.50, followed by Vollmer (4:53.44) and Blake Hayter (4:57.18).
With the dual meet victory, Cal improved to 18-10 all-time against UCLA.