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Li Nips Franklin as Queen of the Pool

Freshman Celini Li claims crown in opening 2013-14 meet.
By Cal Athletics on Fri, September 20, 2013

SAN LUIS OBISPO - Golden Bear freshmen finished 1-2 in the Queen of the Pool competition Friday at Cal Poly, with newcomer Celina Li edging teammate Missy Franklin for the crown.

The meet featured a format in which swimmers competed in five 100-yard events – butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle and individual medley – with the lowest combined time declared the winner. Li posted a time of 4:43.10, just ahead of Franklin’s 4:43.22.

On her way to the title, Li won three races – the 100 fly in 54.89, the 100 breast in 1:03.70 and the 100 IM in 56.91 – in addition to placing fourth in the 100 free in 51.44 and fifth in the 100 back in 56.16.

Franklin, the 2013 USA champion in the 100-meter free, claimed the 100-yard race in 49.43 – nearly 1.5 seconds ahead of runner-up and Cal sophomore Rachael Acker. Franklin was also second to sophomore Elizabeth Pelton in the 100 back (54.79 to 54.60) and second to Li in the 100 fly (55.14).

Li and Franklin were well ahead of the rest of the field in the overall standings, as Pelton took third with a combined time of 4:48.28 and 2012 Queen Rachel Bootsma was fourth in 4:53.32.

The Queen of the Pool races featured full teams from Cal and Cal Poly at the Anderson Aquatic Center in San Luis Obispo.

Queen of the Pool – Top 5 Finishers

1. Celina Li (Cal) 4:43.10
2. Missy Franklin (Cal) 4:43.22
3. Elizabeth Pelton (Cal)     4:48.28
4. Rachel Bootma (Cal) 4:53.32
5. Kelly Naze (Cal) 4:55.09

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