Jan. 26, 2013
TEMPE, Ariz. - Three Golden Bears - Caitlin Leverenz, Rachel Bootsma and Rachael Acker - won multiple individual events to lead third-ranked California to a 177-121 Pac-12 dual-meet victory over No. 20 Arizona State on Saturday at Mona Plummer Aquatic Center. The Bears won 10 of 16 events, including both relays, to surpass the Sun Devils. One day after suffering their first dual-meet loss of the season, the Bears rebounded to improve their record to 5-1 (2-1 in the Pac-12). ASU's record is now 4-4 (2-4 Pac-12).
Leverenz, the senior All-American and U.S. Olympic bronze medalist, captured the 200-yard butterfly, 200-yard breaststroke and 200-yard individual medley. The defending NCAA champion in the 200 breaststroke and 200 IM, Leverenz posted times of 2:15.61 (NCAA B) and 2:02.50, respectively, in those events on Saturday. In the 200 IM, Leverenz edged freshman teammate Kelly Naze, who was second in a time of 2:02.96. Leverenz notched a time of 2:00.70 to take the 200 fly.
Cal's talented freshman class was on full display against the Sun Devils, including Bootsma - the U.S. Olympic gold medalist - capturing the 100 fly (54.95) and the 100 backstroke. In the latter, she edged second-place teammate and two-time defending 100-back NCAA champion Cindy Tran, 54.06 (NCAA B) to 55.86.
She also swam on both winning relays. Cal - with the quartet of Bootsma, Leverenz, Tran and sophomore Caroline Piehl - opened the meet by taking the 200-medley relay (1:41.96). The Bears ended the meet with a win in the 200-freestyle relay, with Bootsma, Acker, Tran and freshman Elizabeth Pelton posting a time of 1:33.63.
Acker collected a total of three wins, including in the 50 free (23.63) and 100 free (50.40).
Cal sophomore Yvette Kong won the 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:04.75.
"Nice job for the Bears today," Cal head coach Teri McKeever said. "We learned a lot during the weekend that I believe will help us as we move forward. Now we have to get reset for a busy week and some tough challenges this coming weekend."
Cal returns to the cozy confines of Spieker Aquatic Complex for its next two duals - on Friday, Feb. 1, at 1 p.m. vs. top-ranked USC and on Saturday, Feb. 2, at noon vs. No. 12 UCLA. The USC meet will air on the Pac-12 Networks.