Golden Bears Ready for NCAA Championship Competition
March 16, 2009
BERKELEY - The California women's swimming team - champions of the Pac-10 Conference - will compete in the 2009 NCAA Championships, Mar. 19-21 at the Student Rec Center Natatorium in College Station, TX.
The Golden Bears competed earlier this season at the Natatorium in the Art Adamson Invitational (Nov. 21-23) and took home an overall first place finish with 1,024 points in the 10-team field. In the final day of the competition, senior Dana Vollmer clocked a Natatorium pool record time of 1:56.24 in the 200 fly.
Last season, Cal had a fifth place showing in the 2008 NCAA Championships held in Columbus, OH. Cal had its best finish in the NCAAs in 2007 with a third place showing. In last year's NCAAs, Madison Kennedy posted a school record time of 21.87 in the 50-yard freestyle.
Texas A&M, which is the host institution, has provided an NCAA Championship website filled with heat sheets, schedule of events, ticket information and live scoring links. Please visit for more information
No. 9 - California2008-09 Dual Meet Record: 4-42008-09 Conference Record: 3-32009 Conference Finish: 1st, Pac-10 Champions2009 Conference Champions: 3 individuals/2 relay 800 Free Relay Champions (Dana Vollmer, Madison Kennedy, Lauren Boyle, Hannah Wilson) 400 Free Relay Champions (Dana Vollmer, Erica Dagg, Madison Kennedy, Hannah Wilson) Dana Vollmer: 200-yard Freestyle Champion, 100-yard Freestyle Champion Lauren Boyle: 1650-yard Freestyle Champion
2008 NCAA Finish: 5th, 291 points
Returning 2008 All-Americans:
Lauren Boyle (1650 free, 5th, 16:01.80; 500 free, 10th, 4:41.10; 800 free relay, 3rd, 7:01.09); Alexandra Ellis (400 medley relay, 5th, 3:34.05); Madison Kennedy (50 free, 4th, 22:05; 200 free relay, 2nd, 1:27.52; 400 free relay, 2nd, 3:13.03; 800 free relay, 3rd, 7:01.09; 200 medley relay, 4th, 1:38.07; 400 medley relay, 5th, 3:34.05); Lauren Rogers (100 back, 4th, 52.24; 200 back, 11th, 1:55.42; 200 medley relay, 4th, 1:38.07; 400 medley relay, 5th, 3:34.05); Amanda Sims (100 fly, 15th, 53.49); Tara Thomas (100 fly, 12th, 53.09); Dana Vollmer (100 fly, 2nd, 51.32; 200 fly, 5th, 1:55.48; 200 free relay, 2nd, 1:27.52; 400 free relay, 2nd, 3:13.03; 800 free relay, 3rd, 7:01.09; 200 medley relay, 4th, 1:38.07; 400 medley relay, 5th, 3:34.05); Hannah Wilson (100 fly, 10th, 53.02; 200 free relay, 2nd, 1:27.52; 400 free relay, 2nd, 3:13.03).
Several Cal individuals achieved personal best times at the Pac-10 Championships in late February. Here is a list of some of notable PBs - 50 Free: Liv Jensen (21.94), Hannah Wilson (22.15). Erica Dagg (22.30); 100 Free: Dana Vollmer (47.19), Wilson (47.89), Madison Kennedy (48.18), Dagg (48.20), Tara Thomas (48.38), Jensen (48.68); 200 Free: Vollmer (1:41.53); Sara Isakovic (1:43.00), Jensen (1:44.92); Dagg (1:45.64), Kennedy (1:45.85); 1650 Free: Lauren Boyle (15:56.93); 100 Breast: Alexandra Ellis (1:00.51); 200 Breast: Ellis (2:10.57); 100 Fly: Wilson (51.24), Amanda Sims (51.59), Ursula Dailey (53.23); 200 IM: Courtney Eronemo (2:00.10), Natalie LaRochelle (2:00.21); 400 IM: Heather White (4:13.41).
NCAA Championship Quick Notes:
The California Women's Swimming and Diving Team earned its first ever Pac-10 Championship with 1550 total points at the King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way, Wash in late February. The 1550 points were the most for the Bears since the conference championship began in 1987, and the most points since Stanford recorded 1533 points at the 1999 conference championship.
Cal's foursome of Dana Vollmer, Erica Dagg, Madison Kennedy and Hannah Wilson sprinted to an NCAA, Pac-10 and school record time of 3:11.05 in the 400-yard freestyle relay, eclipsing the previous NCAA record time of 3:11.34 set by Arizona last season. The previous school record in the 400 free relay was 3:12.13 set in 2007.
For the sixth straight year in a row, Cal took home the Pac-10 title in the 800-yard freestyle relay in style, setting school and conference records with a phenomenal time of 6:56.87. Additionally, senior Dana Vollmer clocked a Pac-10, NCAA, Cal and American record time of 1:41.53 in the leadoff 200 yard leg of the freestyle. Natalie Coughlin previously held the American Record with a time of 1:41.66 in the Long Beach (Calif.) Grand Prix on Jan. 14, 2007. The winning quartet also included Madison Kennedy, Lauren Boyle and Wilson. Cal's 800-yard free relay time was the third best mark in NCAA history, ranking behind an NCAA-best 6:54.02 set by Auburn at the Southeastern Conference (SEC) meet on Feb. 18.
Lauren Boyle broke her own school record in the 1650-yard freestyle and repeated as Pac-10 Champion with a time of 15:56.93. Boyle's season-best time in the 1650 entering the conference championship was 16:15.16 set at the Art Adamson Invitational back in November. Boyle and Sarah Anderson (1989) are the only two Cal swimmers to win a Pac-10 title in the 1650 since 1987.
Vollmer continued to set records with a Pac-10 conference championship meet record and first place time of 47.19 in the 100-yard freestyle. Vollmer was 0.19 seconds off of tying Natalie Coughlin's school record 47 flat in 2003. It was Vollmer's second conference title of the week and her first in the 100 free. The 47.19 was not only a personal best, but an NCAA Automatic qualifying time.
Vollmer took home the Pac-10 Championship in the 200-yard freestyle with a first place time of 1:42.68 - also an NCAA Automatic time. It was Vollmer's first title in the 200 free and the fourth time in the last five years that a Cal swimmer claimed the 200 free title (Emily Silver in 2005 and 07, and Erin Reilly in 2006).
Alexandra Ellis also completed a highly successful conference championship with a school record and second place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:10.57, eclipsing the previous school record time of 2:11.34 set in 2000. Ellis finished 10th at the 2008 conference championship.
In the final dual home dual meet against Stanford on Feb. 14, Dana Vollmer registered Spieker Pool records in the 100-yard freestyle (48.32, previously held by Natalie Coughlin's 48.65 set in 2003) and the 200-yard freestyle (1:43.66).
Freshman Liv Jensen punctuated the final home dual meet of the year against Stanford with a Spieker Pool record time of 22.18 in the 50-yard free.