March 21, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS - Caitlin Leverenz began her last NCAA Championships as a collegian just as she did her previous one, as California's lone senior captured the 200-yard individual medley - edging freshman teammate Elizabeth Pelton - on the first day of the meet on Thursday at the IU Natatorium. The two-time defending NCAA champion, Cal ended the first session of finals in fourth place overall with 102 points, behind leader Georgia (163 points), second-place Tennessee (150.5) and third-place Arizona (127).
Leverenz, a Tucson, Ariz., product posted a time of 1:53.39 in the 200 IM to out touch the younger Bear by less than a half a second; Pelton swam a time of 1:53.82.
Cal had four A-final finishes on Thursday, opening the finals' session by taking fifth place in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The quartet of sophomore Kaylin Bing, junior Cindy Tran, Pelton and freshman Rachel Bootsma clocked a time of 1:28.31. Tennessee won the relay in a time of 1:27.14.
In the 500-yard freestyle, sophomore Catherine Breed collected the Bears' best finish and earned honorable mention All-America honors by placing 12th in a time of 4:39.72. USC's Haley Anderson won the 500 free in a time of 4:34.66.
Cal closed the night by taking third place in the 400-yard medley relay, as the team of Tran, Leverenz, Bootsma and Pelton clocked a time of 3:29.47 for the Bears. Tennessee won the 400-free relay in a time of 3:28.51.
The Bears' finish in the 400-free relay gave Pelton three All-America honors on the night.
"It was a good first day of the meet for us," Cal head coach Teri McKeever said. "Our relays swam well this morning to put us in a good position tonight. Catherine Breed swam very well tonight to score in the B final of the 500 free, and Caitlin and Elizabeth going 1-2 in the 200 IM was great momentum going into tomorrow. We are looking forward to another great day of racing tomorrow."
The second day of NCAAs begins with Friday's preliminary round, which includes the following events: 200-yard medley relay, 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 free, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, three-meter springboard and 800-free relay. Prelims begin at 8 a.m. PT/11 a.m. ET and finals begin at 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET on each day of the three-day meet.
NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships
March 21, 2013, in Indianapolis, Ind.
Top-10 Standings (Through 6 Events)
1. Georgia 163
2. Tennessee 150.5
3. Arizona 127
4. California 102
5. Stanford 90.5
6. USC 90
7. Florida 74
8. Texas A&M 72
9. Texas 65
10. Minnesota 41
12. Catherine Breed 4:39.72.
25. Kaylin Bing 22.52.
One-Meter Springboard Diving
37. Kahley Rowell 230.00.