Cal Hosts Arizona, Arizona State
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  01/23/2008

Jan. 23, 2008

Berkeley -

California Golden Bears vs. Arizona Friday, Jan. 25, 1 p.m., Berkeley

California Golden Bears vs. Arizona State Saturday, Jan. 26, Noon, Berkeley

On the Blocks After productive performances in the 2007 half of its schedule (which included dual meet wins over Pacific and Washington), California begins the meat and potatoes portion of its 2008 slate with home dual meets versus Arizona and Arizona State, Jan. 25-26 at Spieker Aquatics Complex. They are also the final two home meets of the season and the final home meets for seniors Emily Silver, Rachel Ridgeway and Kelly Stravers.

Seniors Say Goodbye This weekend will be the final home dual meets for seniors Emily Silver, Rachel Ridgeway and Kelly Stravers. Kelly Stravers (Folsom, Calif.)

- Stravers has enjoyed personal success in and out of the pool at Cal. She has won multiple Pac-10 Academic All-Conference honors

- A sprint freestyler for the Golden Bears, she claimed a personal-best 23.95 in the 50 free versus Stanford.

- Stravers also has served as an inspiration to fellow student-athletes by dedicating the past two years as a peer advisor at the Athletic Study Center. Staff member of the center, Chris Lane, said that Kelly has helped students with school orientations and has worked in the highly successful Summer Bridge program. "She is an integral part of the study center," said Lane. "She is a model student, and an inspiration to other student-athletes to let them know that balancing academics and athletics can be possible."

- Stravers is a Political Science major and currently has a 3.777 G.P.A.

- Teammate Madison Kennedy says: "I came to Cal as a transfer and moved right into a house with 5 other girls on the team, sharing a double room with Kelly. In a very short time she became one of my closest friends, as she is someone whose intelligence and sincerity is refreshing and compelling. Kelly is respected for her ability to be straightforward and honest and she is a great source for advice. As a senior and a 4-year member of the team, Kelly is always willing to reach out and support teammates in both academic and athletic areas, and I am continually touched by her selflessness when it comes to supporting others. I am so lucky not only to have Kelly as one of my teammates, but as a friend I hope to keep in my life. She is such a bright and determined girl and I can see only success in her future."

Rachel Ridgeway (Chicago, Ill.)

- Team Co-Captain

- Ridgeway garnered All-America status in 2007 and 2006

- Ridgeway has also enjoyed a solid career for the Golden Bears, registering top 10 marks in school history: a. 200 fly: 1:55.87 (fifth-fastest all-time in school history, set in 2007) b. 200 IM: 1:59.93 (eighth-fastest all-time in school history, set in 2007) c. 400 IM: 4:12.82 (third-fastest all-time in school history, set in 2007)

- This season, Ridgeway has automatically qualified for the NCAAs in: a. 200 IM b. 200 fly

- Ridgeway has also competed on the national level as well: a. was on the sixth-place team in the 400 free relay at the 2006 U.S. Summer Nationals

- Ridgeway is an American Studies major at Cal

- Teammate Amanda Sims says: "I think Rachel Ridgeway is an example of what everyone on the Cal Women's team strives to be. She is constantly trying to improve herself as an athlete by dedicating herself to the small details that lead to great success. She takes full advantages of her opportunities and serves as an inspiration to all her teammates. As a team leader she is always offering advice and giving her unique insight on technique in the pool and in dry land to help her teammates better themselves. She has a huge role in helping us reach our individual and team goals."

Emily Silver (Bainbridge Island, Wash.)

- Team Co-Captain

- Silver garnered All-America status in 2007, 2006 and 2005

- Silver has had a stellar career for the Bears in the pool, leaving her mark in several of Cal's all-time top 10 lists: a. School Record: 21.99 in the 50 free (set in 2007 at the NCAAs, breaking the previous mark of 22.01 set by former Cal great Natalie Coughlin) b. 100 yard free: 47.45 (second-fastest all-time in school history, set in 2007) c. 200 yard free: 1:44.37 (third-fastest all-time in school history, set in 2007) d. 200 IM: 1:58.55 (fifth-fastest all-time in school history, set this year at Hoosierland Invitational) e. School, American and U.S. Open Record: 200 free relay: 1.29.49 (set in 2007 at the NCAAs) f. School, American and U.S. Open Record: 200 medley relay: 1.36.60 (set in 2007 at the NCAAs) g. School Record: 800 free relay (3:12.13, set in 2007) THIS WAS ALSO AN AMERICAN RECORD

- Silver's performances at the US Nationals have earned her a spot on the upcoming short course world championship team that will represent the United States.

- Silver has had success on the International level as well: a. Won a Bronze Medal at the 2005 FINA World Championships in the 400 free relay b. She also took first place in the 800 free relays and 400 free relays at the 2005 USA Summer Nationals

- Silver is an American Studies major at Cal

- Teammate Courtney Eronemo says: "Emily always has a big sincere smile on and off the pool deck. She works hard in the pool everyday and inspires all her team mates to work harder."

Coaches Corner The Cal coaching staff talks about the Arizona, Arizona State match-ups this weekend.


"Arizona has been great competition for us over the years. They were one place ahead of us at the NCAAs and they won the conference championship last season, so they bring a lot of different strengths to the table, especially in the freestyle events. Friday will certainly be a good test for our sprinters. Arizona defeated Texas last weekend, so it will be a good measuring stick to see where we stand."

Arizona State

"They have put together quite a few good relays this year. They have a lot of standout swimmers that we are glad to have compete at Spieker on Saturday. This will be another good test for our team to race against some really good competition in the Pac-10. It will give us a better understanding of where we are as a team as we get further into the conference schedule."

Scouting Arizona The No. 4 Arizona women's swimming and diving team continued its steady play with a 134-120 win over No. 16 Texas on Jan. 19 at Hillenbrand Aquatic Center. Arizona's record is now 8-0. Starting the day off with a victory in the 200 yard medley relay for the Wildcats were Hailey DeGolia, Annie Chandler, Lara Jackson and Lindsey Kelly with a time of 1:40.77. The team of Justin Schluntz, Jacquelyn Craft, Ana Agy and Emma Darlington finished in second place with a time of 1:41.71. Senior Lacey Nymeyer got Arizona back on the right track with a win in the 200 yard free (1:48.36). UA's Katherine Raatz (1:49.38) and Brie Powers (1:52.33) of Texas finished in second and third place, respectively. Schluntz finished in first place in the 100 yard backstroke with a time of 54.48. DeGolia came in second, just off the pace with a time of 55.43. In the 100 yard breaststroke Arizona's Chandler came in first place (1:03.31) while the Longhorn's Alison Soelter (1:05.26) finished in second place and teammate Carlye Ellis (1:07.33) came in third.

Scouting Arizona State Despite strong victories from dual victories from Ashton Aubry and Caitlin Andrew, the ASU women's swim team fell to Minnesota, 170-129 on Jan. 19. The meet started off well for the women. The Sun Devil women's medley relay team of Jen Beckberger, Sara McDaniel, Caitlin Andrew and Jess Perazzo finished first with a time of 1:42.47. Andrew tabbed her second victory of the day in the 200 back. Andrew, who earlier this season broke the 200 back record, clocked in a NCAA consideration time of 2:00.83. Ashley Evans won the women's 200 IM, coming in at 2:00.96, an NCAA consideration dive. Nuess won his third event of the day in the men's 400 IM. His time of 3:53.66 is an NCAA consideration time.