Oct. 12, 2010
BERKELEY - California (1-0) returns to the water at the George Haines Invitational on Friday, Oct. 15, in Stanford, Calif., and then hosts Texas on Saturday, Oct. 16, at 11 a.m. at Spieker Aquatics Complex. The Golden Bears' swimmers and divers will make their home debut against the Longhorns. Stanford and San Jose State will co-host the George Haines Invitational, in which only the Cal swimmers will compete
The George Haines Invitational is a two-day meet, though Cal will just swim on Friday. The meet includes four teams: Cal, Nevada (0-1) and co-hosts Stanford (1-0) and San Jose State (2-1). Friday's noon session includes five events; the 6 p.m. session includes two relays and 10 other races.
George Haines Invitational
Event 1: 100 Free
Event 2: 200 Breast
Event 3: 100 Fly
Event 4: 200 Back
Event 5: 500 Free
Event 6: 4x25 Med Relay - Final (2 Heats)
Event 7: 50 Free - Prelim - (5 Heats)
Event 8: 50 Breast - Prelim (5 Heats)
Event 7: 50 Free - Final - Top 8
Event 9: 50 Fly - Prelim (5 Heats)
Event 8: 50 Breast - Final - Top 8
Event 10: 50 Back - Prelim (5 Heats)
Event 9: 50 Fly - Final - Top 8
Event 11: 100 IM - Prelim (3 Heats)
Event 10: 50 Back - Final - Top 8
Event 11: 100 IM - Final - Top 8
Event 12: 4x25 Free Relay - Final (2 Heats)
Scouting the Golden Bears
The Golden Bears opened the season by defeating Nevada, 170-125, in a dual meet on Sept. 17 in Reno, Nev. They followed with dominating performances in the Sept. 24 Cal Poly Pentathlon, at which sophomore Caitlin Leverenz was named the Queen of the Pool, and the Sept. 25 Cal Poly Relays in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Against Nevada, which is one of four teams competing at the Stanford meet on Friday, the Bears won nine of 16 events, with senior Katie Kastes claiming the 1000-yard freestyle in a time of 10:34.44 and the 200-yard breaststroke in a time of 2:29.19. Todd Mulzet, Cal's first-year diving coach, made his debut against the Wolf Pack. Junior Molly Hayes collected Cal's top diving marks, finishing fifth at one meter with a score of 248.33 and sixth at three meters with a score of 238.73.
At Cal Poly, Leverenz extended her reign as the Cal Poly Pentathlon's Queen of the Pool after she produced the fastest time (4:48.03) over five 100-yard events at the Anderson Aquatic Center. Bears freshman Melissa Bates and senior teammate Hannah Wilson finished 2-3 behind Leverenz.
Leverenz produced the fastest combined time after the Bears and Mustangs swam in the 100-yard backstroke, 100-yard breaststroke, 100-yard butterfly, 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard individual medley. The Tucson, Ariz., product posted the following times: 100 backstroke (59.34), 100 breaststroke (1:03.35), 100 butterfly (55.92), 100 freestyle (52.20) and 100 IM (57.22).
Leverenz won just one of the five events - the 100 IM - as five different Bears won races. Bates captured the 100 breast (1:03.30), Wilson took the 100 free (50.62), senior Amanda Sims claimed the 100 fly (54:46) and freshman Cindy Tran won the 100 back (55.94).
Teri McKeever, Cal's acclaimed 19th year head coach, recently earned another national team post: U.S. women's head coach at the FINA Short Course World Championships in December.
Scouting the Opposition
Cal finished behind Stanford at both the NCAA and Pac-10 Championships in 2010, when the Bears placed third (and the Cardinal second) at nationals and Cal took second (behind winning Stanford) at the conference meet. This year's Stanford squad has a 1-0 record after a 187-100 dual-meet win over San Jose State on Oct. 1 at Stanford. Against the Spartans, freshman Andie Taylor won the 200-yard freestyle in an NCAA B qualifying time of 1:48.58, 200 butterfly (2:02.58) and 500 freestyle (4:53.31).
The Cardinal roster is stocked with talent that includes senior Kate Dwelley, a member of Stanford's NCAA-champion 400-yard freestyle relay and the Pac-10 champ in the 200 free lat year, junior Betsy Webb, the 2010 Pac-10 champ in the 50 free and NCAA 50-free runner-up to Cal's Liv Jensen, and junior Sam Woodward, an 11-time All-American. Former Stanford star Lea Maurer is in her sixth year as head coach at her alma mater.
Mengjiao Mi, the 2009 Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year, is Nevada's big star. The sophomore won the 100, 200 and 500 frees in this season's Sept. 17 season opener against Cal. Mike Richmond is in his fourth year as the Wolf Pack's head coach.
San Jose State has competed against the Cardinal (183-100 loss), Cal State East Bay (182-67 win) and UC Santa Cruz (176-91 win). SJSU freshman Darcie Anderson won the 200 breaststroke against Stanford in a time of 2:18.98. Sage Hopkins is in his sixth season as San Jose State's head coach.
Texas, which finished 11th at NCAAs last spring, will open its season against Cal. Kathleen Kersey, a 2008 U.S. Olympian, swam for Teri McKeever last August as part of the U.S. team at the Pan Pacific Championships. The Longhorn junior won the bronze medal in the 200-meter butterfly (2:07.27) and placed 11th in the 100-meter fly (59.00) at Pan Pacs, after winning the 200-meter fly (2:07.00) and taking third in the 100 fly (58.15) at the ConocoPhillips National Championships earlier in August. Junior freestyler Karlee Bispo, a five-time All-American, and sophomore breaststroker Laura Sogar, the 2010 Big 12 Swimming and Diving Newcomer of the Year, also competed at nationals over the summer.
Kim Brackin is in her fifth year as Texas head coach.
Cal competes at Colorado State on Nov. 6 in Fort Collins, Colo.