BERKELEY – Freshman Missy Franklin, who set an American record in winning the 200-yard freestyle at the NCAA Championships in March, collected the MVP Award for the Cal women’s swimming & diving team at the squad’s annual end-of-the-year banquet Sunday.
In addition, other honors handed out were:
- Most Improved – freshman Farida Osman
- Golden Bear Award – junior Eva Greene
- Warren Hellman Scholastic Award – sophomore Rachael Acker
- Coaches Award (diving) – senior Kahley Rowell
- Coaches Award (swimming) – junior Melanie Klaren and junior Caroline Piehl
Franklin, who covered the 200 free in 1:40.31 at the NCAA meet, also captured the 100, 200 and 500 free at the Pac-12 Championships to earn Pac-12 Swimmer of the Meet accolades. During the course of the season, she set school records in the 200 free and 500 free (4:32.66) and was a two-time Pac-12 Swimmer of the Month.
Osman anchored the Bears to a runner-up finish in the 200 free relay and to a fourth-place showing in the 400 free relay at the NCAA Championships. She also claimed individual All-America honors by placing eighth in the 100 fly.
Greene earned the Golden Bear Award for dedication, perseverance and team spirit. Throughout the course of the season, she wrote a blog for the Washington Post that provided an in-depth view of Cal’s season, from the opening meets in the fall, through a winter training trip in Hawaii and a Pac-12 championship in March.
Acker claimed first-team Pac-12 All-Academics and the aspiring doctor leads the team in the classroom with a 3.9 GPA. In the pool, she was part of Cal’s NCAA champion 800 free relay and took 11th in the 200 free.
Rowell earned All-America honors in platform diving for the third year in a row, setting a school record with a score of 330.35 in prelims on her way to a fifth-place national finish.
Klaren, a team co-captain, and Piehl both closed out the 2013-14 season with All-America swims at the NCAA meet. Klaren took home sixth place in both the 100 and 200 back, while Piehl was seventh in the 200 free and part of the victorious 800 free relay.
Overall, Cal won its third Pac-12 team title in school history before taking third place at the NCAA Championships – the sixth consecutive year the Bears have been among the top three in the country. A total of 15 Cal swimmers and divers earned All-America recognition and 15 Bears were on the Pac-12 All-Academic squad.