Feb. 24, 2011
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - Liv Jensen swam a school record and automatic NCAA qualifying time of 21.73 to win the 50-yard freestyle and California wound up in second place on the second night of the Pac-10 Championships on Thursday at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center. Jensen, a junior who won the NCAA title in the 50 freestyle last year, also anchored the Golden Bears' second-place 200-yard free relay to end the night. Stanford leads the eight-team field with 506.5 points, Cal stands second with and 478 points and USC (453.5) is third.
The meet ends on Saturday.
Jensen's time in the 50-free time surpassed the Cal record of 21.87 set by alumna Madison Kennedy in 2008. It was also a personal record for Jensen, who previously ranked second behind Kennedy at Cal with a PR of 21.94. There were three Bears in the 50-free A final - senior Hannah Wilson finished seventh in an NCAA B consideration time of 22.48 and junior Colleen Fotsch took eighth in an NCAA B time of 22.77. Freshman Nathalie Lindborg also clocked an NCAA B time of 22.76 (10th place) in the 50 free.
The night opened with the 500 free, in which junior Shelley Harper notched a fifth-place finish in an NCAA B time of 4:41.86. Senior teammate Katie Kastes finished sixth with an NCAA B time of 4:42.64.
Sophomore Caitlin Leverenz placed second in the 200-yard individual medley with an automatic NCAA qualifying time of 1:54.97. That was just one hundredth of a second from tying the school record (1:54.96) set by Natalie Coughlin in 2004. Three Bears collected NCAA B times in the 200 IM finals, including junior Sara Isakovic (1:59.73, 11th place), freshman Melissa Bates (2:00.16, 14th) and junior Kelsey Hoff (2:01.30, NCAA B).
A pair of Cal divers contributed 47 points to the cause with NCAA zonal qualifying scores, as junior Molly Hayes finished sixth (284.75) and sophomore Kelsey Heiken took seventh (275.30) in the one-meter springboard final.
Cal capped the night by taking second place in the 200-medley relay, as the A squad of Wilson, Fotsch, junior Katherine Raatz and Jensen swam a season-best and NCAA B time of 1:28.78. The Cal B relay of Lindborg, senior Erica Dagg, freshman Deborah Roth and freshman Nicole Parmenter posted an NCAA B time of 1:30.45.
"One of the highlights of the night was Shelley Harper probably making the (NCAA) meet with her 500 free time," Cal head coach Teri McKeever said. "She's had an incredible journey. The 500 free was a huge boost in kicking off the finals tonight. Katie's time will probably also mean she'll be invited to NCAAs. The IMers were solid, and Caitlin was almost at the school record, and then Liv broke the school record. The relays tonight were very good and produced great splits from Erica and Nicole, and Katherine swimming on the A team - that should get her an invitation to NCAAs. In diving, that was exciting for Molly and Kelsey to reach the final, and we had good support from the other divers as well.
"That was a good step. We have a number of women swimming more than one event tomorrow, so it's another big day."
The conference meet continues on Friday with the 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 free, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, three-meter springboard and 400-medley relay.
Pac-10 Women's Swimming and Diving Championships
Standings (through second day)
Team Points 1. Stanford 506.5 2. California 478 3. USC 453.5 4. UCLA 336 5. Arizona 294 6. Arizona State 234 7. Washington State 160 8. Oregon State 138Cal Results on Feb. 24
*NCAA automatic qualifying time
#NCAA B consideration time
+NCAA Zonal diving qualifying score