Feb. 27, 2013
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - Defending Pac-12 champion California sits in fourth place after the first day and first two events of the Pac-12 Women's Swimming and Diving Championships on Wednesday evening at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center. The second-ranked Golden Bears had a total of 108 points after taking second place in the second event of the night - the 800-yard freestyle relay.
Sophomore Catherine Breed, sophomore Caroline Piehl, sophomore Melanie Klaren and freshman Elizabeth Pelton swam a time of 6:58.95 in the 800-freestyle relay for the Bears. Fourth-ranked Stanford, which won that relay in a time of 6:57.12, has 118 points to lead the field, sixth-ranked Arizona, which won the 200-yard medley relay in a time of 1:36.22, is second with 116 points and top-ranked USC (110) is third.
Cal posted a fourth-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay - the first event of the conference meet - as the quartet of junior Cindy Tran, senior Caitlin Leverenz, freshman Rachel Bootsma and freshman Rachael Acker posted a time of 1:36.62, which was just four tenths of a second off of the winning time.
"It was an okay start to the meet," Cal head coach Teri McKeever said. "The 800-free relay was good. We had nice splits by all four women, and the B team did great. It was a close 200-medley relay, and we definitely have room for improvement. We probably qualified another individual for NCs, and that's the main objective."
Cal's B team in the 800-free relay - sophomore Camille Cheng, freshman Lauren Driscoll, freshman Kelly Naze and freshman Alicia Grima - clocked a time of 7:07.45 and would have placed sixth if Cal's A team had not competed.
Day two of the Pac-12 Championships continues on Thursday at 11 a.m. with preliminary events in the 500 freestyle, 200 individual medley, 50 freestyle and one-meter springboard. At 6 p.m. on Thursday, the meet will include finals in those four events along with the final of the 200-free relay.
On March 5, the Pac-12 Networks will broadcast a condensed version of the conference meet at 7:30 p.m. PT.
Feb. 27, 2013, in Federal Way, Wash.
Standings (after Day 1)
1. Stanford 118 2. Arizona 116 3. USC 110 4. California 108 5. Arizona State 100 6. UCLA 96 7. Oregon State 90 8. Utah 46