Cal Sits in Second Place after Second Day of Pac-10s; More Personal Records Achieved
Feb. 26, 2009
Federal Way, Wash. - The California women's swimming team continued to set personal bests and completed day two of the 2009 Pac-10 Swimming and Diving Championships with another strong effort at the King County Aquatics Center on Thursday night. The Golden Bears sit in second place with 448.5 points behind overall leader Arizona (510.5 points).
'It was real good to see the team perform real well in the preliminaries and carry that momentum to the finals tonight,' said head coach Teri McKeever. 'We are going to get some rest tonight and take one session at a time tomorrow.'
Lauren Boyle claimed a second place showing in the 500-yard free championship final with a lifetime-best time of 4:39.06 - second-fastest time in Cal history, and two seconds faster then her previous personal best (4:41.10). Boyle finished fourth in last year's conference championship. Blake Hayter placed sixth in the 500 final (4:43.45) after placing 10th last year, and Shelley Harper came in seventh with a time of 4:43.61 - a new personal-best time.
A newcomer to the program in January, freshman Mary Beck had a good showing in the championship final in the 200 IM with a time of 2:00.73 - good for tenth place. Heather White clocked a personal-best time of 2:00.46 in the 'B' Final, while Courtney Eronemo, also swimming in the consolation final, swam a lifetime-best time of 2:00.10 in the morning preliminaries and a 2:00.55 in the final.
In the 'C' Finals of the 200 IM, senior Natalie LaRochelle registered a personal-best time of 2:00.21.
More personal benchmarks were achieved in the 50-yard free championship final and Cal finished 2-3-4, as freshman Liv Jensen gave Arizona senior Lara Jackson all she could handle with a second place finish and personal best time of 21.94 - second-best 50 free time in program history (Madison Kennedy, 21.87). Jackson took top honors with a first place time of 21.36 - a new Pac-10 record. Finishing in third place, Hannah Wilson clocked a personal-best time of 22.15, followed by Erica Dagg's fourth place finish and personal-best time of 22.30. Kennedy placed seventh with a time of 22.48.
Jensen became the first American 18 years or younger to swim under 22 seconds in the 50 free. And with Dagg's performance, she will be heading to the NCAAs for the first time in her career.
Senior Lauren Rogers nearly achieved a lifetime-best in the 'C' Final of the 50 free with a time of 22.61 (22.60).
Cal only had two swimmers place in the championship final of the 50 free in last year's Pac-10 Championship.
In the final event of the evening - the 200-yard free relay, Cal's foursome of Dana Vollmer, Hannah Wilson, Erica Dagg and Liv Jensen barely got edged out barely by Arizona (1:27.47) for a second place time of 1:27.77, 0.25 seconds off of the school record set last year.
In the diving portion of the championship, Molly Hayes finished 14th on the 1-meter board with 220.6 points. Alissa Barker garnered 206.05 points (17th) and Laura Sanford had 204.85 points, well enough for 18th place.
The Pac-10s resume Friday with events in the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back and 400 medley relay.
Here is a link from the Wednesday interview with Cal's 800 Free Relay Championship foursome provided by FloSwimming.org:
Live Streaming: The Pac-10 Women's Swimming Championship will be streamed live by the Pac-10 Conference. To access the video go to www.pac-10.org. The streaming can be found on the right side of the page under Pac-10 All Access. LiveStats can be found at http://results.teamunify.com/pnws2/
Video interviews from the Pac-10 Championship can also be found at www.floswimming.org.