Leverenz Shines as Cal Falls at Arizona
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  01/25/2013

Jan. 25, 2013

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TUCSON, Ariz. - Caitlin Leverenz won two events in front of her hometown fans, but No. 3 California dropped a 168.5-112.5 Pac-12 dual meet to No. 6 Arizona on Friday afternoon in the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center. The Golden Bear senior won both breaststrokes, and Cal won six of 16 events in losing its first dual meet of the season. Cal's record now stands at 4-1 and 1-1 in the Pac-12. Arizona's record is 8-2 (3-2 Pac-12).

"Caitlin did a nice job to swim well in front of her parents, so that was good," Cal head coach Teri McKeever said. "The main thing was we were a bit rusty probably from not racing, and we definitely need to be better. It's a good wake-up call, and we hope to improve as we move forward."

Cal's Elizabeth Pelton also won twice - the 200-yard backstroke and 400-yard individual medley - Cindy Tran won the 100-yard backstroke, and freshman Rachel Bootsma captured the 200 butterfly.

The Wildcats won three events before Cal broke through in the form of Tran - the two-time defending NCAA champion in the 100 backstroke. The junior posted a time of 53.76 (provisional NCAA qualifying time) to edge Arizona's second-place Lauren Smart (54.00, NCAA B) in her signature event.

The Bears built some momentum by capturing the next two events, as Leverenz clocked a time of 1:01.67 (NCAA B) to win the 100 breaststroke and Cal took four of the top five places in the 200 fly, with Bootsma winning in 2:00.93.

Pelton later swam a time of 1:56.26 (NCAA B) to win the 200 back, Leverenz was victorious in the 200 breaststroke (2:11.87, NCAA B) and Pelton captured the 400 IM (4:16.82, NCAA B).

Also in Tucson, the Cal men beat the Arizona men, 159-134, at a meet televised by the Pac-12 Networks. Pac-12 Bay Area, Arizona and the national conference network will air the meet on Feb. 2 at 3 p.m. PT.

Cal concludes its visit to the desert with another Pac-12 dual meet at No. 20 Arizona State on Saturday, Jan. 26, at noon PT.