Sept. 21, 2012
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Rachel Bootsma won her first competition as a Golden Bear, dethroning California and U.S. Olympic teammate Caitlin Leverenz as the Queen of the Pool in the annual Cal Poly season opener on Friday at the Anderson Aquatic Center. After swimming in five 100-yard events, Bootsma accumulated the lowest combined time (4:42.68), with Leverenz - who had won the previous three events at Cal Poly - finishing in second place (4:43.40).
Elizabeth Pelton, another Cal freshman, took third place with a combined time of 4:45.01; freshman teammate Kelly Naze was fourth (4:48.73); junior Bear Cindy Tran was fifth (4:57.36). In fact, Bears filled the first 14 out of 39 places, with Cal Poly's Chrissy Thomas taking 15th (5:07.07) and the Mustangs' Angie Haven placing 16th (5:07.40).
Bootsma - who earned gold in the 400-meter medley relay in the London Olympics - won three of the five individual events - the 100 butterfly (54.48), 100 backstroke (54.49) and 100 freestyle (50.74). Leverenz - who took bronze in the 200-meter individual medley in the London Olympics and the 200-yard IM and 200 breaststroke at last year's NCAA Championships - captured the 100-yard IM (55.52) and the 100 breaststroke (1:02.36) at Cal Poly.
Senior Marcin Tarczynski three-peated as the Cal men's King of the Pool, while Cal Poly crowned Chrissy Thomas as its Queen of the Pool and Mickey Mackle as its King of the Pool.
On Saturday, the Cal women will team up with the Cal men's team for co-ed races in the 200-yard medley relay and 200-freestyle relay. There is no diving competition on either day of the Cal Poly meet.