Nov. 3, 2010
Friday-Saturday, Nov. 5-6
All Day - Cal at Trojan Diving Invitational
USC McDonald's Swim Stadium - Los Angeles
Saturday, Nov. 6
10 a.m. PT - Cal (1-1) at Colorado State (2-2)
Moby Pool - Fort Collins, Colo.
BERKELEY - California splits the squad this week, as most of Teri McKeever's Golden Bears (1-1) swim at Colorado State (2-2) in Fort Collins, Colo., at 10 a.m. PT on Saturday, Nov. 6, and Todd Mulzet's charges dive in the Trojan Diving Invitational from Friday-Saturday, Nov. 5-6, in Los Angeles. This week marks the third dual meet of the season for the Cal swimmers as well as the third competition overall for the Cal divers.
Wilson and Au Head to Asian Games
The next competition for Cal and Hong Kong national teammates Hannah Wilson and Stephanie Au is the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China. Wilson, a senior, and Au, a freshman, will not travel to Colorado State but instead will leave the San Francisco Bay Area on Nov. 7 for the meet in China. The swimming portion of the Asian Games will take place from Nov. 13-18 at the Guandong Olympic Aquatics Centre.
Wilson and Au swam for Hong Kong in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
To follow the two Bears' progress in Guangzhou, check out the official website of the Asian Games: http://www.gz2010.cn/special/0078002F/indexen.html.
Cal Drops Home Meet to Texas
Cal suffered its first setback of the season when the Golden Bears lost to Texas, 156-144, on Oct. 16 in their first home dual meet of the season at Spieker Aquatics Complex. The Bears, who won eight of the 16 events, evened their record at 1-1, while the Longhorns opened their season at 1-0.
Cal junior Liv Jensen won both the 50- and 100-yard freestyles, posting NCAA B consideration times of 22.45 in the 50 and 49.41 in the 100. The defending NCAA champion in the 50 free, Jensen also anchored both winning relays, as Cal claimed the 200-yard medley relay in an NCAA B time of 1:40.16 and took the 400-free relay in an NCAA B time of 3:20.75.
Likewise, Hannah Wilson posted an NCAA B time in the 100 free, finishing third in 50.10. She also took second in the 200 free in an NCAA B time of 1:48.84.
Senior teammates Katie Kastes and Amanda Sims both posted NCAA B times, with Kastes winning the 500 free in a time of 4:51.33 and Sims taking first in the 100 butterfly in a time of 54.09. Sims also clocked an NCAA B time with her second-place finish (1:58.55) in the 200 fly.
Cal junior Shelley Harper placed second in the 1000 free with a time of 10:01.08.
Cal sophomore Caitlin Leverenz, the school record holder in the 400-yard individual medley (4:06.61), captured the 400 IM today in an NCAA B time of 4:16.06. She did well in both breaststrokes, taking second in the 100 (1:01.86, NCAA B) and in the 200 (2:14.37, NCAA B).
Freshman Cindy Tran collected Cal's other win, posting an NCAA B time of 54.49 in the 100 backstroke. She had Cal's top finish in the 200 back, taking third in 2:01.03.
Junior Molly Hayes tallied Cal's best finish on the one-meter springboard, scoring 247.20 to take second place. Senior Laura Sanford posted a Cal-best fourth place with a score of 278.10 at three meters.
Scouting the Golden Bears
Cal swimmers hold 12 NCAA B consideration times in individual events. Those include Liv Jensen (22.45 in the 50-yard freestyle and 49.41 in the 100 free), Hannah Wilson (49.98/100 free, 1:48.84/200 free), Katie Kastes (4:51.33/500 free), Cindy Tran (54.49/100 backstroke), freshman Deborah Roth (55.55/100 back), Caitlin Leverenz (1:01.86/100 breaststroke, 2:13.93/200 breast, 4:16.06/400 individual medley) and Amanda Sims (54.09/100 butterfly, 1:58.55/200 fly).
Teri McKeever is in her 19th year as head coach at Cal. The head coach of the U.S. women at last summer's Pan Pacific Championships, McKeever will also lead the U.S. women at the FINA Short Course World Championships from Dec. 15-19 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Todd Mulzet is in his first year as Cal's diving coach. His divers also competed in Cal's first meet of the season at Nevada. Molly Hayes posted Cal's best finishes in Reno on the one-meter springboard (248.33) and the three-meter springboard (238.73). Hayes and sophomore Kelsey Heiken both competed in the NCAA Zone E Championships last season, with Heiken taking 14th place at three meters and Hayes placing 21st at one meter.
Scouting the Opposition
Colorado State currently holds a 2-2 record, though the Rams will tackle Denver on Friday, Nov. 5, at 4 p.m. PT in Denver before hosting Cal. The Rams opened the season with a 160-140 home loss on Oct. 15 against Utah. In a quad meet on Oct. 23 in Albuquerque, N.M., Colorado State topped Air Force, 232-68, and host New Mexico, 180-120, and lost to San Diego State, 211-89.
Last season, CSU finished with an 8-2 dual-meet record (6-2 in the Mountain West Conference) and fifth in the MWC Championships, at which current junior Breann Fuller won the 100 and 200 breaststrokes for the second straight season. Fuller set a school record in the 200 breast with a time of 1:56.27 and current junior Jennifer Lamb, a UCLA transfer, posted school records in the 1000 free (10:03.18) and 1650 free (16:42.21) at MWCs.
John Mattos is in his 30th year as head coach of the Rams.
Cal swims in the Nov. 18-20 Arena Invitational held in Long Beach, Calif., while the Bears dive in the Texas Invitational held from Dec. 2-4 in Austin, Texas.