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Cal Sends Lucky 13 to NCAA Championships
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  03/14/2011

March 14, 2011

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Thursday-Saturday, March 17-19 All Day
Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center - Austin, Texas
Cal's Last NCAA Appearance and Result: 2010, 3rd place (363 points)
Coverage: Coverage: March 18-19 video on ESPN3.com at 5 p.m. PT; results on NCAA.com

BERKELEY - Second-ranked California will bring 13 swimmers to compete in the NCAA Championships this week at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas. The national meet runs from Thursday, March 17, though Saturday, March 19. The Golden Bears took third place at NCAAs last season and won the national team title in 2009.

Coming off a second-place finish at the Pac-10 Championships, Cal looks to have several NCAA title contenders on the roster. They include junior Liv Jensen, the 2010 NCAA champion in the 50-yard freestyle, sophomore Caitlin Leverenz, who leads the nation with her time in the 200-yard breaststroke, and senior Amanda Sims, the 2009 NCAA champ in the 100-yard butterfly. Cal head coach Teri McKeever could also see more relay winners from a squad that captured the 200- and 400-yard medley relays as well as the 400- and 800-yard freestyle relays at the Pac-10 Championships in February.

NCAA Championships Information
Texas is the host of the NCAA Championships. Please visit the Longhorns' website at this link http://www.texassports.com/sports/w-swim/spec-rel/031011aab.html for ticket and parking information.

Florida won the 2010 NCAA team title, with Stanford second and the Bears third, in West Lafayette, Ind.

Here is the schedule for the 2011 national meet (all events in yards):

THURSDAY, MARCH 17

PRELIMINARIES - 9 A.M. PT
200 Freestyle Relay
500 Freestyle
200 Individual Medley
50 Freestyle
400 Medley Relay
11:30 a.m. PT
One-Meter Diving Prelims (followed by consolation final)

FINALS - 5 P.M. PT
200 Freestyle Relay
500 Freestyle
200 Individual Medley
50 Freestyle
One-Meter Diving Finals
400 Medley Relay

FRIDAY, MARCH 18

PRELIMINARIES 9 A.M. PT
200 Medley Relay
400 Individual Medley
100 Butterfly
200 Freestyle
100 Breaststroke
100 Backstroke
11:30 a.m. PT
Three-Meter Diving Prelims (followed by consolation final)

FINALS - 5 P.M. PT
200 Medley Relay
400 Individual Medley
100 Butterfly
200 Freestyle
100 Breaststroke
100 Backstroke
Three-Meter Diving
800 Freestyle relay

SATURDAY, MARCH 19

PRELIMINARIES 9 A.M. PT
200 Backstroke
100 Freestyle
200 Breaststroke
200 Butterfly
400 Freestyle Relay
11:30 a.m. PT
Platform Diving (followed by consolation final)
2:30 p.m. PT
1650 Freestyle (early heats)

FINALS - 5 P.M. PT
1650 Freestyle
200 Backstroke
100 Freestyle
200 Breaststroke
200 Butterfly
Platform Diving
400 Freestyle Relay

Scouting the Golden Bears
Cal has stars up and down its roster as well as on its coaching staff. Head coach Teri McKeever, who is in her 19th year at Cal, will serve in the same capacity for the United States in 2012 at the London Olympic Games. A former USC All-American in her own right, McKeever will bring an amazingly talented group of Bears to Austin, ranging from Pac-10 and NCAA champions to Olympians.

Here's a look at the Cal 13, along with the event each swimmer qualified in and each Bear's qualifying time for that event:

Stephanie Au, Fr., 200-yard backstroke (1:54.96) - A 2008 Olympian for Hong Kong, Au took second in the 200 back at 2011 Pac-10s with an NCAA B time of 1:54.96, which ranks 24th fastest in the nation in that event entering the NCAA Championships.

Erica Dagg, Sr.,100-yard freestyle (48.73), 400-yard free relay (3:13.59), 800-yard free relay (7:00.75) - Took fourth in the 100 free at Pac-10s with her NCAA B time of 48.73, which is tied as the 20th fastest in the nation.

Colleen Fotsch, Jr., 100-yard backstroke (52.64), 100-yard butterfly (52.57), 200-yard freestyle relay (1:28.78), 400-yard freestyle relay (3:13.59), 200-yard medley relay (1:35.62) - At Pac-10s, placed sixth in the 100 back (52.64, NCAA B, 12th-fastest nationally) and fifth in the 100 fly (52.57, NCAA B, 19th nationally).

Shelley Harper, Jr., 500-yard freestyle (4:41.86) - Claimed fifth place in the 500 free with her top time (NCAA B), which ranks her 25th nationally. Going to NCAAs for the first time in her third year as a Bear.

Sara Isakovic, Jr., 200-yard butterfly (1:55.78), 200-yard freestyle (1:44.94), 800-yard freestyle relay (7:00.75) - A silver medalist in the 200-meter freestyle at the 2008 Olympics, the Bled, Slovenia, native took second place in the 200-yard free at Pac-10s with the nation's 15th-fastest time (1:44.94, NCAA B). She placed fourth in the 200 fly (1:55.78, NCAA B, 12th nationally) at the conference meet.

Liv Jensen, Jr., 50-yard freestyle (21.73), 100-yard freestyle (48.34), 200-yard freestyle (1:45.98), 200-yard freestyle relay (1:28.78), 400-yard freestyle relay (3:13.59), 200-yard medley relay (1:35.62), 400-yard medley relay (3:28.99) - The 2010 NCAA champion in the 50 free, Jensen won her first Pac-10 crown in the sprint last month with her automatic NCAA qualifying time of 21.73, which ranks her second-fastest in the nation. She finished second in the 100 free in the conference meet with her NCAA B time of 48.34 (10th nationally) and fourth in the 200 free at Pac-10s with her NCAA B time of 1:45.98 (35th nationally).

Katie Kastes, Sr., 500-yard freestyle (4:42.64), 400-yard individual medley (4:11.56), 800-yard freestyle relay (7:00.75) - Finished sixth behind Harper in the Pac-10 400 IM with her NCAA B time of 4:42.64, which puts her 29th nationally. Won the 400 IM consolation final with her NCAA B time of 4:11.56, which is the 34th fastest time entering NCAAs.

Caitlin Leverenz, So., 200-yard individual medley (1:54.97), 400-yard IM (4:02.72), 200-yard breaststroke (2:06.55), 200-yard medley relay (1:35.62), 400-yard medley relay (3:28.99) - A member of the USA's 2011 World Championships team, Leverenz clocked her school-record and automatic NCAA qualifying time of 2:06.55 in winning the event at the 2010 U.S. Short Course National Championships last December. That time still leads the nation. More recently won the 200 breast at Pac-10s. Took third in the Pac-10 400 IM with a school-record and automatic NCAA qualifying time of 4:02.72, which ranks her fourth in the nation. Her second-place time of 1:54.97 in the 200 IM in the conference meet ranks her second all time at Cal and currently makes her third-fastest in the nation.

Katherine Raatz, Jr., 200-yard freestyle relay (1:28.78) - Former Arizona Wildcat reaches NCAAs in her first full season as a Golden Bear.

Deborah Roth, Fr., 100-yard backstroke (53.20) - First-year Bear posted a fifth-place finish in the 100 backstroke at the U.S. Short Course Nationals in December with her NCAA B time of 53.20, which rates as the 30th-fastest time in the nation and ranks her seventh on Cal's all-time list. Took eighth in the 100 back at Pac-10s (54.17, NCAA B).

Amanda Sims, Sr., 100-yard butterfly (51.64), 200-yard butterfly (1:54.66), 400-yard medley relay (3:28.99) - The 2009 NCAA champion in the 100 fly, Sims posted an automatic NCAA qualifying time of 51.64 in the 100 fly to take second place at Pac-10s. That time ties her for second fastest in the nation. Sims holds the third-fastest time in the 100 fly (51.12) in school history; she took third in the event (51.85) at 2010 NCAAs. Her automatic NCAA qualifier of 1:54.66 in the 200 fly gave her third place at this year's Pac-10s and ranks her sixth in the nation. Sims also stands third in Cal history with a time of 1:53.54 in the 200 fly.

Cindy Tran, Fr., 100-yard backstroke (51.22), 200-yard backstroke (1:55.13), 100-yard butterfly (52.68), 200-yard medley relay (1:35.62), 400-yard medley relay (3:28.99) - Newcomer gave Cal a big boost in the backstroke this season. Tran won the Pac-10 title in the 100 back with her NCAA automatic qualifying time of 51.22 that currently leads the nation and ranks her second behind Natalie Coughlin in school history. Tran won the consolation final of the 200 back with her NCAA B time of 1:55.13 at Pac-10s; that time ranks her sixth in Cal history.

Hannah Wilson, Sr., 50-yard freestyle (22.48), 100-yard freestyle (48.37), 100-yard butterfly (52.41), 200-yard freestyle relay (1:28.78), 400-yard free relay (3:13.59), 800-yard free relay (7:00.75) - A Hong Kong Olympian in 2004 and 2008, Wilson was the busiest Bear at Pac-10s, reaching the championship finals of the six events that she has qualified for at NCAAs. She placed third in the 100 fly with her NCAA B time of 52.41, which ties her for 14th in the nation, and took third in the 100 free in an NCAA B time of 48.46; Wilson swam the 48.37 (NCAA B, 11th nationally) in the prelim. She clocked an NCAA B time of 22.48 (26th nationally) to take seventh in the conference meet. Wilson, who won the 100 free at the 2010 Pac-10 meet, ranks in the top 10 for all three of those individual events - she's sixth in the 50 free (22.09), fifth in the 100 free (47.85) and fourth in the 100 fly (51.24). She was a key member of Cal's NCAA team title in 2009, swimming on the national champion 400- and 800-free relays as a sophomore.

Relays - Cal won four of the five relays at the 2011 Pac-10 Championships, claiming the 200- and 400-yard medley relays and the 400- and 800-yard freestyle relays. The Bears took second place - behind Stanford - in the 200-free relay. These were Cal's lineups and splits in the relays at the conference meet:

200-Yard Medley Relay Cindy Tran (23.71), Caitlin Leverenz (27.48), Colleen Fotsch (23.01), Liv Jensen (21.42) - 1:35.62 (school record)

400-Yard Medley Relay Cindy Tran (51.50), Caitlin Leverenz (59.03), Amanda Sims (50.89), Liv Jensen (47.57) - 3:28.99 (school record)

200-Yard Free Relay Hannah Wilson (22.73), Colleen Fotsch (22.25), Katherine Raatz (22.48), Liv Jensen (21.32) - 1:28.78

400-Yard Free Relay Hannah Wilson (48.45), Colleen Fotsch (49.18), Erica Dagg (48.50), Liv Jensen (47.46) - 3:13.59

800-Yard Free Relay Hannah Wilson (1:45.28), Erica Dagg (1:45.11), Sara Isakovic (1:44.08), Katie Kastes (1:46.28) - 7:00.75

Scouting the Field
Top-ranked Georgia, No. 3 Stanford, fourth-ranked Auburn, No. 5 USC, fifth-ranked Texas, No. 6 Texas A&M and seventh-ranked Florida, the 2010 NCAA champion, are among the other top contenders at the NCAA Championships. The Gators won last year's team title followed by runner-up Stanford and then Cal. This year, Cal finished with 3-1 dual-meet record against teams - including ninth-ranked Arizona - ranked in the top 10 and a 5-1 record against teams in the NCAA field.

The Bears' only loss against the top 10 came against Texas, 156-144, on Oct. 16, 2010, in Berkeley. Cal beat Stanford, 155-145, on Feb. 12 at Spieker Aquatics Complex, USC, 182-118, on Jan. 28 in Berkeley and Arizona, 165.5-134.5, on Jan. 22 in Tucson, Ariz. More recently, the Cardinal claimed this year's Pac-10 team title with 1567.5 points, while Cal finished second with 1545.5 points. Cal also bested No. 20 UCLA, 168.5-131.5, on Jan. 29 in Berkeley and No. 23 Arizona State, 182-117, on Jan. 21 in Tempe, Ariz.

Georgia's Morgan Scroggy brings the fastest time in the nation in the 200 free (1:42.46) to Austin and ranks second (47.66) behind Auburn's Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace (46.81) in the 100 free. The Tiger currently ranks ahead of Cal's Liv Jensen (21.73) as the top sprinter in the nation with a time of 21.34. Vanderpool-Wallace is a member of Auburn's 400-free relay, which posted the nation's fastest time (3:13.03) in February.

Allison Schmitt, Scroggy's teammate at Georgia, is tied nationally with the fifth-fastest time in the 200 free (1:44.06) and swam with Scroggy on the nation's fastest 800-free relay (6:53.58). Schmitt, a 2008 Olympic bronze medalist on the U.S. 800-meter free relay, and Scroggy will team with Cal's Caitlin Leverenz as part of the U.S. squad at the 2011 World Championships. Georgia's Shannon Vreeland paces the country in the 500 free (4:36.28).

USC's Katinka Hosszu was named the 2011 Pac-10 Swimmer of the Meet after she won the 200 fly and both the 200 and 400 individual medleys at the conference competition. A 2008 Olympian for Hungary, Hosszu brings the nation's fastest times in the 200 fly (1:51.02), 200 IM (1:53.47) and 400 IM (4:00.03) to NCAAs. Other Trojans that lead the nation include Haley Anderson in the 1650 free (15:48.64) and Lyndsay De Paul in the 100 fly (51.34). Victoria Ishimatsu claimed the Pac-10 Diver of the Meet award for the Trojans after capturing both springboard titles and reaching the platform final.

Florida's Elizabeth Beisel, a 2008 U.S. Olympian, holds the nation's top time in the 200 backstroke (1:51.55) and the second-fastest time in the 400 IM (4:00.83). She swam on the Gators' best 800-free relay, which posted the nation's second-fastest time of 6:59.10 in February. That is the only Florida squad that currently ranks among the top 10 fastest relays in the nation.

Neither Stanford, Texas nor Texas A&M has a swimmer that leads the nation in an individual event, though the Longhorns do pace the country in the 200-free relay (1:28.15). The Aggies had the most swimmers invited to NCAAs with 15; Georgia was second with 14. The Cardinal ranks in the top 10 in three relays, including the 200-free relay (1:28.54), which Stanford won at Pac-10s. Stanford's Kate Dwelley won the 200 free at Pac-10s with the nation's 10th-fastest time (1:44.61).

A Look at the 2010 NCAA Championships
Cal ended the NCAA Championships with a flourish, taking second place in the final relay by just .35 seconds behind Stanford to finish in third place overall on the last night of the NCAA on March 20 at Purdue's Boilermaker Aquatic Center. Golden Bears Hannah Wilson, Sara Isakovic, Erica Dagg and Liv Jensen clocked a time of 3:12.67 in the relay, which Stanford won with a time of 3:12.32. Florida, which was third in the relay (3:13.43), dethroned the Bears (363 points) and won the NCAA team title with 382 points. Stanford finished second (379.5).

Cal also picked up a pair of third-place finishes from senior Lauren Boyle in the 1650-yard freestyle and sophomore Liv Jensen in the 50 free earlier in the night.

Boyle took third in the first event of the night - the 1650 free. She posted a time of 15:59.57. The school record holder in the event (15:56.93), Boyle is still the only Bear to swim under 16 minutes in the 1650. Hayter placed 37th in the final with a time of 16:41.25.

Jensen, a sophomore who won the 50-free NCAA title on March 18, posted a time of 47.77 to finish third in the 100 free tonight. Wilson, a junior, won the consolation final to take ninth with a time of 48.31, and Dagg, also a junior, was 15th in a time of 49.38.

In the 200 breaststroke A final, freshman Caitlin Leverenz clocked a time of 2:10.59 to wind up seventh. Ellis also made news in the consolation final, posting a time of 2:09.38 to break her own Cal record in the event. In the morning preliminary swim for the 200 breaststroke, Leverenz swam a personal-best time of 2:10.05. She remains in second place on Cal's all-time list.

Cal had one Bear collect All-America honors in the 200 butterfly, as Isakovic, a sophomore, posted a time of 1:55.52 to take eighth in the A final.

The Bears did not have anyone swim in the 200 backstroke finals, but White posted a personal-best time of 1:57.01 to take 39th in the morning prelim. White also moved into eighth place on Cal's all-time 200-back list.


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