Cal's Farida Osman breaks records on Day 2 of 2016 Pac-12 women's swimming championship
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. — Another year, another impressive performance from Cal’s Farida Osman.
The junior was lightning fast on Day 2 of the 2016 Pac-12 women’s swimming championships, setting records in both of her events.
In her first event of the night, the 50-yard freestyle, Osman set a Pac-12 championship record with a time of 21.32. Oh, and if that wasn’t impressive enough, it was also the second-fastest time ever recorded for that event and, to top it all off, was a personal best.
“I’m really happy about it,” a smiling Osman said after the meet. “I did not expect to go a 21.3, so I’m really happy with that, and I’m excited to see what I’m gonna do at [NCAAs], hopefully.”
But the record-breaking wasn’t done yet. In the last race of the day, the 200-yard freestyle relay, Osman, Kristen Vredeveld, Rachel Bootsma, and Amy Bilquist finished with a time of 1:26.77, another Pac-12 championship record.
“We’re really happy. We all swam really fast, and this is our best so far, so we’re all really happy about that.”
As Osman and her teammates jumped up and down and celebrated together, their closeness was easy to see.
“Our team is all really good friends, so we always have so much fun together and we cheer on each other, so it’s really fun to see everyone doing really well and being happy about it.”
Osman pointed out that Cal tries to make a big push towards first place on days two and three, and she’s hoping to carry the momentum from Thursday night’s races into Friday. The best may be still coming for Osman.