Rachel Bootsma Wins 100 Back at NCAAs
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  03/22/2013

March 22, 2013

Friday Final Results from the NCAA Championships

INDIANAPOLIS - Rachel Bootsma kept the 100-yard backstroke crown in the family as the freshman won California's third straight national title in that event - and her first collegiate national title - on Friday night at the NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships at the IU Natatorium. Junior teammate Cindy Tran - who won the previous two NCAA crowns in the 100 back - finished fifth in tonight's final. After two days of the meet, Cal moved up to second place with 285 points, behind leader Georgia (300 points).

Bootsma clocked the second-fastest time in history - 50.13 - which ranks behind only Cal legend Natalie Coughlin's NCAA record of 49.97. Tran posted a time of 51.97 in fifth place. Cal junior Stephanie Au and sophomore Melanie Klaren finished back to back in the B final, as Au placed 12th in a time of 51.88 and Klaren took 13th in a time of 52.12.

The Bears collected eight championship-final finishes and a total of 12 championship and consolation final appearances on Friday. They also notched six top-three finishes on the night.

Cal opened the night by taking second place in the 200-yard medley relay, as Bootsma, Caitlin Leverenz, Tran and sophomore Kaylin Bing posted a time of 1:35.53 for the Bears. Tennessee won the relay with a time of 1:34.95.

Leverenz - the 2012 U.S. Olympic bronze medalist in the 200-meter individual medley - followed up her Thursday win in the 200-yard IM with a third-place finish in the 400 IM with a time of 4:02.98. Florida's Elizabeth Beisel - Leverenz's U.S. Olympic teammate - won the 400 IM in a time of 4:00.49.

Cal's talented freshmen added two second-place finishes in individual events, as Bootsma was second in the 100 butterfly in a time of 51.68 behind Auburn's Olivia Scott (51.64), and Pelton took second (1:42.13) in the 200 freestyle behind U.S. Olympian Allison Schmitt of Georgia (1:41.85). Four Bears reached Friday's finals in the 200 free, with sophomore Caroline Piehl taking seventh (1:45.14), freshman Rachael Acker - the Pac-12 champ in the 200 free - placing ninth (1:44.33) and sophomore Catherine Breed finishing 14th (1:46.01).

In the last final of the night, Cal finished third in the 800-free relay, with the quartet of Acker, Piehl, Breed and Pelton posting a time of 6:57.44. Georgia won the relay in a time of 6:54.43.

"We had another great morning today to build off of the momentum from Thursday night," Cal head coach Teri McKeever said. "It starts with the leadership of Caitlin, both in and out of the pool. She had some great swims today and helped keep the team moving forward.

"Getting four 100-backstroke finalists in Rachel, Cindy, Stephanie and Melanie and four 200-freestyle finalists swimming tonight in Elizabeth, Caroline, Rachael and Catherine was a huge boost. Moreover, we got a tremendous effort from Rachel Bootsma with her win and national championship title in the 100 backstroke, second-place finish in the 100 butterfly as well as some strong relay legs.

"We are excited about closing the gap in the overall team score and are looking forward to Saturday's final day of racing."

The last day of NCAAs begins on Saturday at 8 a.m. PT/11 a.m. ET with prelims in the following events: the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, platform diving and 400-free relay. Saturday's finals will include the 1650 free, which starts at 1:35 p.m. PT/4:35 p.m. ET. The main finals' session begins on Saturday at 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET.

NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships
March 22, 2013, in Indianapolis, Ind.

Top-10 Standings (Through 14 Events)
Team	        Points
1. Georgia	300
2. California	285
3. Tennessee	263.5
4. Arizona	246
5. Texas A&M	216
6. USC	        194
7. Stanford	189.5
8. Florida	189
9. Texas	115
10. Minnesota	99

Friday Finals

Cal Results

200-Yard Medley Relay
2. Cal A (Rachel Bootsma, Caitlin Leverenz, Cindy Tran, Kaylin Bing) 1:35.53.

400-Yard Individual Medley
3. Caitlin Leverenz 4:02.98.

100-Yard Butterfly
2. Rachel Bootsma 51.68.

200-Yard Freestyle
2. Elizabeth Pelton 1:42.13. 7. Caroline Piehl 1:45.14. 9. Rachael Acker 1:44.33. 14. Catherine Breed 1:46.01.

100-Yard Backstroke
1. Rachel Bootsma 50.13. 5. Cindy Tran 51.92. 12. Stephanie Au 51.88. 13. Melanie Klaren 52.12.

800-Yard Freestyle Relay
3. Cal A (Rachael Acker, Caroline Piehl, Catherine Breed, Elizabeth Pelton) 6:57.44.

Friday Prelims

Cal Results

200-Yard Medley Relay
2. Cal A (Rachel Bootsma, Caitlin Leverenz, Cindy Tran, Kaylin Bing) 1:35.96.

400-Yard Individual Medley
3. Caitlin Leverenz 4:05.57. 25. Kelly Naze 4:12.85. 40. Lauren Driscoll 4:16.32.

100-Yard Butterfly
2. Rachel Bootsma 51.86. 24. Cindy Tran 53.05.

200-Yard Freestyle
3. Elizabeth Pelton 1:43.47. 5. Caroline Piehl 1:44.11. 10. Rachael Acker 1:45.11. 16. Catherine Breed 1:45.80. 44. Camille Cheng 1:47.98.

100-Yard Backstroke
1. Rachel Bootsma 50.75. 4. Cindy Tran 51.82. 9. Stephanie Au 52.25. 14. Melanie Klaren 52.69.

Three-Meter Springboard
32. Kahley Rowell 282.40.