Cal Hosts Pacific at Spieker on Saturday

Oct. 5, 2009

On the Pool Deck
California hosts its first home dual meet of the season when the Golden Bears welcome Pacific to Spieker Aquatics Complex starting at noon on Saturday, Oct. 10. The day will also feature the Cal men's team taking on the Pacific men at 1 p.m. at Spieker.

Leverenz Crowned Queen of the Pool at Cal Poly to Open 2009-10 Season
Cal freshman Caitlin Leverenz claimed the Queen of the Pool title as the 2009 NCAA champion Golden Bears opened the new season on Sept. 18 in a pentathlon of events at Cal Poly's Anderson Aquatic Center. The Tucson, Ariz., product had the lowest combined time (4:49.55) after swimming five 100-yard events: the freestyle, butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and individual medley. Cal sophomore Sara Isakovic (4:54.53), junior Erica Dagg (4:56.55) and sophomore Shelley Harper (4:56.85) finished second, third and fourth, respectively.

Isakovic and Leverenz each won two events, with the latter taking the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1:03.41 and the 100-individual medley in a time of 57.95. A 2008 Olympian for her native Slovenia, Isakovic won the freestyle (51.66) and butterfly (55.16) races. Dagg won the backstroke (57.06).

Leverenz also placed second in the fly (55.95), Harper took second in the IM (59.06) and Dagg finished second in the freestyle (51.81) just 15 hundredths of a second behind Isakovic. Another Cal freshman, Samantha Pearson, was second in the backstroke (58.53).

Last Time Against Pacific
The Bears opened the 2008-09 season against Pacific and defeated the Tigers, 147.5-103.5, on Oct. 11, 2008, in Stockton, Calif. Cal won eight of the 14 events, with the foursome of Lauren Rogers, Alexandra Ellis, Hannah Wilson and Madison Kennedy claiming the 200-yard medley relay. Seven different Bears (Blake Hayter in the 100 freestyle, Lauren Boyle in the 200 free, Ellis in the 100 breaststroke, Kelsey Hoff in the 200 butterfly, Dana Vollmer in the 50 free, Wilson in the 100 free and Shelley Harper in the 500 free) won individual events.

A Look Back at the 2008-09 Championship Season
Last season was California's best ever. Dana Vollmer had a spectacular end to her college career, as she was named the 2009 NCAA Swimmer of the Year and Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year and won the Honda Sports Award for Swimming.

Cal produced three individual NCAA titles (Vollmer in the 100- and 200-yard freestyles and Amanda Sims in the 100 butterfly), two NCAA relay champions (400- and 800-free relays) and two American records (400- and 800-free relays) and scored a school-record 411.5 points at the NCAA meet.

Nine Bears emerged as All-Americans and two earned honorable mention All-America honors at NCAAs. The Bears also won five Pac-10 titles (Vollmer in the 100- and 200- frees; Lauren Boyle in the 1650 free; and the 400- and 800-free relays). Liv Jensen earned the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year accolade.

Next Time
Cal travels to the San Diego area, where the Bears will compete at UC San Diego on Oct. 15 and at San Diego State on Oct. 17.

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