April 8, 2008
Berkeley - Former California Golden Bear women's swimmers Emily Silver and Erin Reilly headline a list of 25 men's and women's U.S. swimmers as they compete in the 2008 FINA Short Course World Swimming Championships, April 9-13 in Manchester, England.
The competition begins Wednesday with preliminaries starting at 10 a.m. BST (British Summer Time) and finals beginning at 5:45 p.m. BST. England is eight hours ahead of California. The first day of events will feature the women's 50-meter breaststroke, 200-meter butterfly, 100-meter backstroke, 400-meter Individual Medley, and 800-meter freestyle relay.
The U.S. swimmers selected to compete at the Short Course World Championships were chosen based on their performance at the ConocoPhillips USA Swimming Short Course National Championships, which were Nov. 29-Dec. 1 in Atlanta, Ga. The Short Course World Championships mark the final international competition for U.S. pool swimmers prior to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
The 25-member team will look to build on its dominant performance from the 2006 FINA Short Course World Championships that took place in Shanghai, China. That squad took home the FINA Championship Trophy for its overall performance at the meet. The women's side claimed second place with a total of 11 medals (three gold, five silver, three bronze).
Silver, who recently competed at the 2008 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Columbus, Ohio in May, earned multiple All-America accolades after placing in the 100 fly, the 200 IM and the 100 free. One of the more decorated athletes at Cal, Silver is a multiple Pac-10 champion and top 10 record holder in several events at Cal. She was also a member of the bronze-medal winning team in the 400-free relay at the 2005 FINA World Championships.
Reilly, who completed her career in 2007, was an NCAA champion in 2004 (800-free relay) and again in 2007 (400 and 800-free relays). Reilly also earned All-America status all four years at Cal.
For more information about the meet, including a link to results, the official Manchester Web site and daily wrap-ups, please visit USASwimming.org.