Bears Punch Tickets to Barcelona
INDIANAPOLIS – California closed the U.S. National Championships and World Championship Trials literally on top, as the California Aquatics teams won the combined men’s and women’s team award and Cal placed several Golden Bears – including Saturday winners Caitlin Leverenz, Natalie Coughlin and Nathan Adrian – on the U.S. teams heading to Barcelona for the World Championships. Additionally, Cal women’s head coach Teri McKeever will be a U.S. assistant coach in Spain, where the World Championships will run from July 28-Aug. 4.
On the final day of the five-day meet, Leverenz won the 200-meter individual medley, while Coughlin and Adrian swept the last two events – the 50-meter freestyles. Leverenz – the Cal alumna and the two-time NCAA champ in the 200-yard IM – posted a time of 2:10.13 to capture the long-course version of her signature event. Incoming freshman Celina Li finished fourth in the 200 IM with a time of 2:12.73.
Coughlin clocked a time of 24.97 to win the 50 free, while Adrian, in the last race of the night, set a meet record of 21.47 to edge fellow Cal alumnus Anthony Ervin, who finished second in a time of 21.70. Current Bear Seth Stubblefield placed sixth in the sprint with a time of 22.26.
Incoming freshman Janardan Burns placed eighth in the men's 800 free with a time of 8:04.76.
Adrian (50 and 100 frees) and Ervin (50 free and the 400-free relay) will represent the Cal men in Barcelona, while the Cal women competing in Spain include the following: Leverenz (200 IM), Coughlin (50 free and the 400-free relay), Rachel Bootsma (50 backstroke), Missy Franklin (100 free, 200 free, 100 back and 200 back), Elizabeth Pelton (100 back and 200 back) and Dana Vollmer (100 butterfly).
Franklin – the U.S. Olympic star and incoming Cal freshman – added another accolade as the top scorer on the women’s side with 97 points, and Li earned the under-18 award for the 200 IM.
The combined California Aquatics teams posted a score of 471.5 points to finish first, as the men won the men’s team award (259.5 points) and the women placed second (212 points).