Dec. 2, 2010
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Fifth-ranked California compiled 224.5 points to lead the 2010 AT&T Short Course National Championships after the first night of finals on Thursday at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on the campus of Ohio State.
Also on Thursday, three Golden Bears dove on the first day of competition at the Texas Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame on the Texas campus in Austin.
"The team did a really nice job tonight," Cal head coach Teri McKeever said of her swimmers. "Katie Kastes led us with a strong 500 free. Erica Dagg stepped up with some great swims and Melissa Bates had a busy and productive day. All in all we had a solid day, but we still have significant room from for improvement.
Cal did not win any swimming events in Columbus but still produced strong results, including taking second place in the 200-yard freestyle relay in an NCAA B qualifying time of 1:29.60 and placing second in the 400-yard medley relay in an NCAA B time of 3:34.87. In both events, the Bears finished behind USC. Cal broke the meet previous meet record with its 200-free relay time, but so did the winning Trojans (1:29.57).
A pair of Bears reached the championship final of the 50 free, as junior Liv Jensen took sixth in an NCAA B time of 22.50, while senior Hannah Wilson posted an NCAA B time of 22.76 to finish ninth. Both finished behind former teammate Madison Kennedy, who placed fifth in a time of 22.38 while swimming for California Aquatics.
In the 200-yard individual medley, sophomore Caitlin Leverenz finished fourth in an NCAA B time of 1:56.25.
Kastes, a senior, finished sixth in the 500 free in an NCAA B time of 4:43.28.
In Texas, none of the Bears reached the final of the three-meter springboard. Cal sophomore Kelsey Heiken finished 17th in the preliminaries with a score of 247.85, junior Molly Hayes placed 22nd with a score of 230.35 and senior Laura Sanford was 23rd with a score of 229.15.
Both three-day meets will continue with their second days of competition on Friday, Dec. 3.