Sept. 21, 2010
BERKELEY - California is on the road for the second-straight week, as the Golden Bears swim in a non-traditional competition at Cal Poly's Anderson Aquatic Center Friday through Saturday, Sept. 24-25, in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Friday features a pentathlon, as each athlete swims in the 100-yard butterfly, 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke, 100 freestyle and 100-individual medley. On Saturday, the Bears will team up with the Cal men for co-ed races in the 200-medley relay and 200-freestyle relay.
There is no diving competition at Cal Poly.
Scouting the Golden Bears
Cal has a star-studded roster that includes talents ranging from 2008 Olympians Sara Isakovic, Hannah Wilson and Stephanie Au to NCAA individual champions Liv Jensen (2010 winner in the 50-yard freestyle) and Amanda Sims (2009 winner of the 100-yard butterfly). Leading the way is 19th-year head coach Teri McKeever, the 2009 NCAA and Pac-10 Coach of the Year who served as the head coach of the U.S. women at the 2010 Pan Pacific Championships. McKeever, who led Cal to its first NCAA and conference team titles in 2009, also worked as a U.S. assistant coach at the 2008 and 2004 Olympics.
Her Bears are coming off a 170-125 dual-meet victory over Nevada that opened the season on Sept. 17 in Reno, Nev. They won nine of 16 events, with senior Katie Kastes, the only Bear who won multiple events, claiming the 1000-yard freestyle (in a time of 10:34.44) and the 200-yard breaststroke (2:29.19). In addition, 11 Bears - nine freshmen swimmers, two freshmen divers and transfers Katherine Raatz and Emily Bibb - made their Cal debuts.
Four juniors won for the Bears: Shelley Harper in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.46), Colleen Fotsch in the 50 free (24.15), Ursula Dailey in the 100 butterfly (57:10) and Raatz in the 200 butterfly (2:05.30).
Cal freshman Nicole Parmenter won the first individual race of her college career by posting a time of 58:08 in the 100 backstroke. Au, also a freshman, edged Nevada's Chavis Thaveesupsoontho, 2:03.48-2:03.81, for first place in the 200 back.
In diving, junior Molly Hayes collected Cal's top marks, finishing fifth at one meter with a score of 248.33 and sixth at three meters with a score of 238.73.
Scouting the Opposition
Cal Poly will open its season against the Bears this week. The Mustangs moved to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, effective this season, from the Big West Conference after the latter ended its sponsorship of swimming and diving. (The Cal Poly men now compete in the Pac-10.)
Sophomore Angie Haven earned the 2010 Big West Freshman of the Year Award after she won the 100 and 200 breaststroke and 200 IM titles at the 2010 Big West Championships. The Mustangs named her the team's outstanding swimmer after she set school records in the 100 butterfly, 100 and 200 breaststrokes, and 200 IM last season.
Tim Milich is in his third year as head coach at Cal Poly.
Cal competes at the Stanford Invitational on Oct. 15 in Stanford, Calif. The Bears then open the home schedule when they host Texas on Oct. 16 at Spieker Aquatics Complex.